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ODFW extends two-rod fishing to north coast waters

April 26, 2016

TILLAMOOK, Ore. — On the heels of the two-rod fishing validation being extended on the Willamette River and its tributaries, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will do the same for the Tillamook Bay and the Nestucca River basins.

Effective May 1-July 31, anglers who have a two-rod validation will be able to use two rods while fishing in the following waters when they are open for hatchery spring Chinook and hatchery steelhead: Tillamook Bay, Nestucca Bay, and the Tillamook, Miami, Trask, Wilson, Nestucca, Kilchis, Little Nestucca and Three Rivers.

“Oregon’s north coast is a great destination for spring Chinook salmon fishing,” said Robert Bradley, district fish biologist for ODFW’s North Coast Watershed.  “We believe that Tillamook Bay and the Nestucca River basins offer great opportunities for anglers who want to use the two-rod validation.”

In addition to salmon, the two-rod validation can be used when fishing for hatchery steelhead. However, when fishing for other game and non-game fish only a single rod may be used. All other regulations remain the same, including the daily bag limit. And anglers must stop fishing once they have reached their daily limit of salmon and/or steelhead.
 
Two-rod validations have been available to Oregon anglers for several years. For $21.50, licensed anglers can purchase a validation that allows them to use a second rod in certain locations of the state, primarily ponds and lakes. If you have already purchased a two-rod validation in 2016, it is valid for any waters open to the use of two rods, which now includes the Willamette River and its tributaries. Kids under the age of 12 do not need a validation to use a second rod.

For more information, visit the Regulations Update page on the ODFW website.

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Contact:

Robert Bradley 503-842-2741
Rick Swart 971-673-6038

 
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