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Family Fishing Day Saturday At Olalla Lake

Quiet and sunny morning before the start of the 5th annual Olalla Derby in 2015.

Quiet and sunny morning before the start of the 5th annual Olalla Derby in 2015.

Anglers and their families are encouraged to come out to Olalla Reservoir near Toledo for a fun-filled day of fishing and outdoor activities on Saturday, April 23.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Georgia Pacific, in cooperation with the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, are sponsoring a day of fishing at Olalla Reservoir.

The Olalla Reservoir fishing event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a stocked fish enclosure for youth fishing, both youth and adult reservoir-wide fishing derbies, kayak tours, nature hikes and other fun family activities. Prizes will be awarded for the adult and youth fishing derbies, and there will also be a few prizes that every youth participant will be entered to receive.  All activities are free.

ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle, and bait free of charge. People who prefer to use their own equipment are welcome to bring it along. Volunteer angling instructors will be available at the reservoir to help participants set up their gear, cast, reel, and even clean fish. Continue reading

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New Marine Reserves Website


Ever wondered what lies beneath the surface of Oregon’s ocean? Curious about marine scientific research? The state’s new Oregon Marine Reserves website provides a rare glimpse below the surface of Oregon’s ocean waters and a behind-the-scenes peek at scientists in action. The website revamp was headed up by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which oversees the management and scientific monitoring of Oregon’s system of five marine reserve sites located off the Oregon coast. The website at  went live March 31.

The new website offers quick and easy access to research news, underwater videos, and information about each marine reserve site along with a comprehensive look at the science and management efforts underway by ODFW and partners. Additionally, the website offers user friendly features such as interactive maps, e-notifications and downloadable GPS coordinates. “We are excited that we can now showcase life below the surface of Oregon’s nearshore waters” said Cristen Don, ODFW Marine Reserves Program Leader. “We hope people dive in and check out the new website and learn about the important marine research efforts that are underway.”

In 2012, Oregon completed designation of five marine reserve sites. These are areas in Oregon’s coastal waters dedicated to conservation and scientific research. Fishing and ocean development are prohibited in these areas. For a state famous for exploration, Oregon has only skimmed the surface of its coastal waters. The marine reserves are living laboratories where scientists are learning about Oregon’s nearshore ocean environment and the effects that protections ( no fishing and conservation) have over time on species and habitats. This long-term research and monitoring program conducts research to support the management of marine reserves and sustainable nearshore ocean resources in Oregon, now and into the future.

For more information about Oregon’s marine reserves, call ODFW’s Newport Office at (541) 867-4741.

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New Youth Combo Fishing Licenses

Zane Nilssen with his first fish, a rainbow trout that he caught at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's free youth fishing event at Canby Pond.

Zane Nilssen with his first fish, a rainbow trout that he caught at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s free youth fishing event at Canby Pond.

As families venture to the outdoors this spring, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife remind parents that youths between the ages of 12 and 17 need a license if they plan to hunt, fish or shellfish. Although fishing now requires a license two years earlier than in the past – at age 12 instead of age 14 – the cost of the license is significantly less than it was in years past. Now a combination youth hunting/fishing/shellfishing license costs just $10. For just $5 more, youngsters can also purchase a tag that will allow them to catch salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and halibut. The $15 combined cost of a youth license and tag in 2016 compares to a cost of $41.75 last year, a cost reduction of 64 percent.

The youth license was developed to simplify the youth license requirements for hunting and fishing. “There was way too much complexity involved for parents to get hunting and fishing licenses for their kids,” said Rick Hargrave, administrator of ODFW’s Information and Education Division. “We removed those barriers and came up with a single, significantly discounted, youth combination license for kids 12-17.”

Under the new fee structure, a single license permits youth license holders to take part in all three activities – hunting, fishing and shellfishing. Previously, a separate license was required for each of these activities. “We believe this an amazing value and a meaningful investment in getting kids and families out and connected with nature,” said Hargrave. There is no distinction in the fee structure between resident and nonresident youths – they pay the same for hunting/fishing licenses and tags.

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Genetic Differences In Hatchery And Wild Fish Discovered

steelhead troutA new study on steelhead trout in Oregon offers genetic evidence that wild and hatchery fish are different at the DNA level, and that they can become different with surprising speed. The research, published today in Nature Communications, found that after one generation of hatchery culture, the offspring of wild fish and first-generation hatchery fish differed in the activity of more than 700 genes. A single generation of adaptation to the hatchery resulted in observable changes at the DNA level that were passed on to offspring, scientists reported.

This research was conducted at Oregon State University in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Scientists say the findings essentially close the case on whether or not wild and hatchery fish can be genetically different. Differences in survival and reproductive success between hatchery and wild fish have long offered evidence of rapid adaptation to the hatchery environment. This new DNA evidence directly measured the activity of all genes in the offspring of hatchery and wild fish. It conclusively demonstrates that the genetic differences between hatchery and wild fish are large in scale and fully heritable.

“A fish hatchery is a very artificial environment that causes strong natural selection pressures,” said Michael Blouin, a professor of integrative biology in the OSU College of Science. “A concrete box with 50,000 other fish all crowded together and fed pellet food is clearly a lot different than an open stream.” Continue reading

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Halibut Anglers Asked To Provide Input On 2016 Season

HalibutODFW wants halibut anglers to weigh in on open dates for the 2016 spring all-depth sport halibut fishery in the Central Coast subarea. And like last year, there are three ways to give feedback—attend a public meeting, participate via webinar, or take an online survey.

The Central Oregon Coast Subarea extends from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt., and includes most Oregon ports except those in the Astoria area, Gold Beach, and Brookings. The seasons for the Columbia River and Southern Oregon Subareas have already been established for this year.

“The sport halibut fishery is popular, so we want to ensure we hear from as many anglers as possible,” said Lynn Mattes, halibut project leader for ODFW. Participants in the process will help choose the number of spring all-depth “fixed” and “back-up” dates, and the weeks in which those open dates occur.

The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the ODFW Newport office, 2040 SE Marine Science Drive. Participants can join the meeting online at, or dial in at 1-(408) 650-3123 Access code: 620-143-213.

Finally, anglers can offer input through an online survey, which will be available on the ODFW halibut webpage from Feb. 2-7, 2016. For questions, or to provide additional comments without attending the meeting, anglers should contact Lynn Mattes at 541-867-0300 ext. 237 or by e-mail: or Maggie Sommer at 541-867-0300 ext. 227 or by e-mail:

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Volunteer Divers Wanted For Marine Reserves

SCUBAOregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), in partnership with Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University, is building a team of volunteer AAUS divers to be trained in sub-tidal monitoring protocols to survey the marine reserves off Oregon’s Coast. A team of specialized divers work with the scientific research team–and the marine reserves are their living laboratories.

The team’s mission: to survey the shallow rocky reefs of Oregon’s marine reserves. This team is trained to collect data on fish, invertebrates, and algae in an environment that is often challenging to work in. These divers use a well-established survey method developed by the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), and used by other scientists along the U.S. west coast to monitor changes inside and outside of marine reserves.

SCUBA dive surveys are one of the four core tools being used in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s monitoring of Oregon’s marine reserves. These scientific divers are volunteers with scientific diving certifications. They also must pass a special training put on by ODFW and their partners at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, PISCO, and Oregon State University. ODFW is currently looking for new volunteers to join the Marine Reserves Scientific Dive Team. Continue reading

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ODFW Seeks Comments On Fish Passage Waiver

hwy 20 projectThe Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a request to waive fish passage requirement for two rock buttress fills and corresponding culverts on Cougar Creek and Eddy Creek Tributary C, both near Eddyville in Lincoln County as part of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) US20 UPRR-Eddyville Project. ODOT has requested the waivers and has proposed restoring habitat access and lost functions on Bull Creek, a subbasin of the Yaquina River, to mitigate for the permanent loss of fish passage and habitat impacts at Cougar and Eddy C Creeks.

The proposed fish passage mitigation actions include: permanently removing a high priority barrier culvert on Bull Creek, restoring and preserving riparian buffers along a portion of Bull Creek adjacent to the culvert to be removed, a 52-acre transfer of private industrial timberland to the US Forest Service for late succession reserve management, and permanently abandoning a logging road that presently crosses Bull Creek and provides access to the 52-acre private timberland parcel.

In the meantime, members of the public will have until Feb. 5, 2016 to submit written comments on the proposed actions, for consideration by the Oregon Fish Passage Task Force. The Task Force will consider comments on these waiver requests at their next meeting Feb. 10 in Salem at the ODFW Headquarters Office. Members of the public may attend the meeting and make comments. The Task Force makes recommendations to ODFW on fish passage waiver decisions. Continue reading

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