Snagging is a problem statewide for salmon and steelhead, but proposed rule changes hope to crack down on the problem areas.
|Popular spring salmon holes above HWY 62 are the target
of proposed rule changes for 2013
Every four years the state Fish and Wildlife Commision does a comprehensive review of the sport fishing regulations, and 2013 is when those new regulations will take effect. Currently they are going through a new 5 step process for proposals and review. Here’s the steps for how the New Public Process for 2013 Fishin Regulations will work, and here’s a list of all Proposed Regulations by ODFW & OSP staff.
The hot topic this time around is snagging. Many of the proposals take aim at the activity and will try to make it easier to cite those engaging in it. With these changes, they also hope to redefine snagging which is currently “Hooking or attempting to hook fish other than inside the mouth.” The proposed change would define it as “Taking or attempting to take a fish with a hook and line in any way or manner where the fish is not enticed to voluntarily take the hook(s) in its mouth. Gamefish which are hooked other than inside of its mouth must be released immediately unharmed“.
Another proposal hopes to enact an “Anti-Snagging Rule”. “Except when fishing with a buoyant lure (with no weights added to the line or lure), or trolling from a vessel or floating device, terminal fishing gear is restricted to a lure or bait with one-point hook. Hooks must measure ¾” or less from point to shank, and must be attached to or below the lure or bait. Weights may not be attached below or less than 18″ above the lure or bait.” That means that treble hooks and more than 1 hook would become illegal in areas where the Anit-Snagging Rule is encacted. That also includes treble hooks on spoons and spinners.
|One of the most popular fly fishing techniques could become
illegal if proposed regulations pass as currently written.
The Rogue falls into the areas that would be effected by the Anti-Snagging Rule. The times and areas are as follows: April 1st to Sept. 30th from Whiskey Creek to Gold Ray Damsite; April 1st to Aug 31st from Gold Ray Damsite to Dodge Bridge; April 1st to July 31st from Dodge Bridge to Cole Rivers Hatchery.
One oversight of this proposal however, is that it would ban a popular fly fishing technique for summer steelhead. Often times fly fishermen will use a large stone fly nymph with a single egg dropper, but the new regulations would make it illegal to use two hooks. OSP has mentioned that this affect was overlooked, and that nymph fishermen are not part of the problem being addressed.
The commission also proposed a rule to shave off 30 minutes from first legal fishing light above the HWY 62 bridge on the Rogue. Currently anglers are allowed to fish 1 hour before sunrise until 7:00pm during the spring salmon season. Under the proposed rule anglers would only be allowed to fish 30 minutes before sunrise until 8:00pm. The extra hour in the evening would be to offset the loss of fishing time in the morning.
Want to have a say?
The ODFW is currently taking public propossals until Feb 29th. You can find all the information for submitting one here: Process for submitting a proposal. Public meetings will be held in May and you can find a schedule of times and places here: Schedule of 2012 public meetings.