Brush Beat for February 28, 2014

By Observer staff February 28, 2014 07:10 am
Brush Beat for February 28, 2014

Ice fishing workshop set

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will show anglers how to make the best of snowy, icy conditions at a March 8 Family Ice Fishing Workshop on Diamond Lake.

According to Mark Newell, ODFW outdoor skills coordinator, ice fishing can be a great winter-time activity for the whole family.

“It’s easy for kids to participate,” Newell said. “And if the fishing is a little slow most of them enjoy the chance to play in the snow.”

Participants in the workshop will learn all ice fishing basics — safety on the ice, appropriate gear and how to use it, and how to care for and clean their catch. The cost of the workshop is $52 per adult and $12 per child younger than 18. This includes the use of equipment and instruction. Lunch is not included.

Children younger than 13 years old do not need a fishing license to participate, but adults must have a valid Oregon fishing license and youth ages 14-17 will need an Oregon juvenile angling license. Youth must be accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information about the workshop, and to register, go to the ODFW website.

State extends sturgeon season

CLACKAMAS — Anglers will have an additional 14 days of winter sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River between Bonneville and The Dalles dams this year under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

Under the extended season, anglers will be allowed to catch and retain sturgeon seven days a week from Feb. 24 through March 9.

The rules were approved following surveys that showed lower than expected sturgeon harvest so far in 2014. Biologists attributed the lower harvest numbers to reduced angler effort and catch rates associated with windy and cold weather on the Columbia during the January and February sturgeon retention seasons.