Thanks to everybody who’s been commenting and following along with our public relations campaign to reduce or remove hatchery trout from the McKenzie River. But ODFW decisions are made based on data, and the agency this summer conducted an angler preference survey to see if people would rather catch wild or hatchery trout.
The majority of this sampling was taken on the hatchery-planted section of the river — as Scott Kinney put it, it was like asking people at McDonald’s if they like Big Macs. But ODFW is interested in hearing your input, even if you didn’t float the hatchery zone this summer. ODFW has offered to take preference surveys till Mid-November from wild trout supporters.
Download the ODFW survey form, print it and fill it out, and turn it in. According to ODFW’s Jeff Ziller, there are several questions that pertain to the angling day and even though you will not likely be on the river, he suggests filling them out as though you were.
Please fill out the forms and mail these to Jeff Ziller Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3150 Main St., Springfield, OR 97478.
For more on reducing or removing hatchery trout from the McKenzie River, check out our action checklist.