BRUSH BEAT: Rewards offered to anglers

By Observer staff February 14, 2014 08:04 am

SALEM — Anglers who turn in their 2013 combined angling tag and/or hatchery harvest tag before May 16 could win one of more than 100 outdoor products or gift cards from Bi-Mart.

ODFW is sponsoring the promotion to try to increase the number of returned tags. Currently, the department estimates, only about 20 percent of anglers return their combined tags, which are required to fish for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and Pacific halibut.

The information is used to determine harvest rates and effort rates in Oregon’s salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and halibut fisheries. The information is also posted on the ODFW website, where anglers can check the harvest rates in their favorite water bodies.

Anglers who return their tags by the May 16 deadline will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win prizes that include Bi-Mart gift cards and Okuma rod and reel combos.

Completed tags can be returned in person to any ODFW office or license agent. 

ODFW seeking comments

SALEM —  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a request to forego fish screening on a point of diversion on Muddy Creek, a tributary of Goose Lake in Lake County. Comments are due by Feb. 26.

The water user on Muddy Creek applied for a water right through the Oregon Water Resources Department (application #S-87775) in December 2011. OWRD issued the water right permit (S-54800) in February 2013 with a requirement that the applicant provide screening at the diversion. The applicant has applied to ODFW’s Fish Screening Task Force to be excused from compliance with the screening requirement.