UPDATE: OK…. one more time. The issue with the survey/petition is once again resolved.
Would you support a bait ban regulation on the McKenzie River to protect wild trout?
Oregon Fly Fishing Blog, The Caddis Fly and TU Chapter 678 are spearheading an effort to get a bait ban for trout on the McKenzie River. This regulation would maintain the current salmon and steelhead bait regulations, while making the entire river artificial flies and lures only for trout.
The Mckenzie River regulations currently require catch and release of all wild trout to protect native redsides. When low water concentrates native fish into the deep pools of the Mckenzie, bait anglers catch them and are unable to release them unharmed. Numbers are low and need further protection. When an angler using bait catches a wild trout on the Mckenzie and the hook is buried in the gullet of the trout, releasing a fish unharmed is virtually impossible.
The Mckenzie is an incredible resource and sustains a great deal of recreation. The proposed no bait regulation will make the Mckenzie an even better resource. Vibrant wild trout populations would make the Mckenzie River much more of a destination than it already is, bringing more dollars to the state in licence sales as well as tourist dollars.
A large wild rainbow trout “redside” is considered the prize catch on the Mckenzie River, it is why people fish the river day in and day out. We urge you to protect this fish, make the already catch and release of wild trout regulation really mean something.
We need you to fill out this survey, to prove to ODFW we have popular support for such a measure. Thanks for taking the time.