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Trout, steelhead limits increase on lower Santiam River

June 10, 2014

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced it has increased the daily bag limit on adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and steelhead in the Santiam River and the Little North Fork and North Fork rivers.

Under the new rules, effective today, anglers are permitted to keep up to five hatchery trout and an additional steelhead a day in the mainstem Santiam River, the North Fork to the markers upstream of Packsaddle Park, and in the South Fork to the markers below Foster Dam. There are no size restrictions on trout.

The steelhead bag limit is subject to aggregate limits for both steelhead and salmon. For example, under the new rule, an angler may keep up to four steelhead and salmon (of which a maximum of two may be salmon).

The rule was adopted to give anglers the opportunity to help remove surplus rainbow trout and steelhead.

“This is a way to serve the dual goals of providing additional fishing opportunity and enhancing the conservation of native fish,” said Elise Kelley, ODFW district fish biologist.

Kelley added that she hopes the increased bag limits will raise angler awareness of the great trout fishing available in the lower Santiam basin.

“Our creel surveys indicated that anglers weren’t keeping trout,” she said. “The lower Santiam is a great trout fishery and we encourage people to get out and give it a try.”

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Contact:
Elise Kelley (541) 767-5249 | Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

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