August 20, 2012
ROSEBURG, Ore. – Anglers can comment on a proposed new sport fishing regulation that would extend the fishing season at Lemolo Reservoir. The rule change was initially proposed during the Aug. 3 meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, which directed ODFW staff to draft rule language for consideration at the Commission’s Sept. 7 meeting.
The proposal would maintain the usual late April through Oct. 31 trout season with a five fish bag limit. It seeks to extend the season for catch and release of brown trout from April 1 – April 27 and Nov. 1 – Dec. 31.
ODFW is also asking for comments on a staff proposal to increase the smallmouth bass limit in the Umpqua River from 10 to 15. District biologist Laura Jackson says the higher bag limit would help increase the harvest opportunity for non-native bass in the Umpqua River Basin while still recognizing its status as a regulated game species.
Anglers can comment on these and other regulation proposals through email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 4 or by testifying before the Commission when it meets Sept. 7 in Hermiston.
The Commission will adopt the final 2013 Sport Fishing regulations at its Sept. 7 meeting. A complete meeting agenda, including all proposed changes to the sport fishing regulations, will be posted to the ODFW Webpage at www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes at least one week prior to the meeting.
The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us.