We hope everyone is gassed up and ready to pack the house at ODFW’s public hearing meeting tomorrow morning in Salem. In addition to the changes on the McKenzie, ODFW will also be accepting public comments on a proposed rule change to reclassify soft molder plastic lures and rubber worms. Proposed rule 6P would move plastics and molded rubber, currently defined as “bait,” into the “lure” category. OFFB does not support this rule change and urges conservation minded voters to submit public comments to keep soft plastics and molded rubber classified as “bait.”
A 2009 study conducted by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife found that ingestion of artificial soft plastic lures had a negative impact on brook trout growth. OFFB encourages all who attend tomorrow’s meeting to speak up against this change in definitions, as part of ODFW’s responsibility to enact measures that protect and support our wild McKenzie redsides.