It isn’t often that that concerned sportsmen can attend an ODFW meeting and spend no money and very little effort.
But that is exactly what they can do – thanks to Paul Stallard, Salmon Harbor’s new harbor master who also happens to be an avid Umpqua River fisherman.
Paul has arranged for a bus to carry concerned anglers from the Reedsport-Winchester Bay area to an ODFW open house meeting in Roseburg.
Hopefully, good attendance at this meeting from anglers who fish the lower Umpqua River, will help set the stage for more meaningful discussions at upcoming meetings in Coos Bay and Reedsport.
The free bus will start it’s route at 4:00 pm at Winchester Bay and pick up passengers in Reedsport before continuing on to Roseburg.
The Oregon Coast has been under-represented at Roseburg-area meetings for years. The lone advocate for our area at many of these meetings has been Steve Godin. Here is a copy of an email message from Steve that may help convey just why these upcoming meetings and the free bus trip are so important.
Steve Godin, a very knowledgeable advocate for Umpqua River anglers has convinced me that the upcoming ODFW meeting in Reedsport is an important one. Here’s what is at stake in his own words – “ODF&W has scheduled a Public Meeting in Reedsport to gather input regarding the Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan. The meeting is scheduled for January 29 at the Community Center, 451 Winchester Ave, Reedsport from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Proposed new fishing regulations will reduce the annual quotas for Wild (Non- Hatchery) Fall Chinook Salmon and Spring Chinook Salmon. ODF&W is proposing managing salmon fishing with a sliding scale based on forecasted abundance. ODF&W has not defined the formula for determining salmon abundance for the Umpqua River. Generally in a ten year period, ODF&W predicts there would be one bad year, seven average years and two good years. The impact to harvesting Wild Fall Chinook on the Umpqua River would be 2 fish per day / 20 fish per year in high abundance years, 2 / 10 in average abundance years (most of the time) and 2 / 5 in low abundance years. The impact to harvesting Wild Spring Chinook on the Umpqua River would be 2 / 10 in high abundance years, 2 / 5 in average abundance years and 1 / 1 in low abundance years. Current regulations for Winter Steelhead are that you may not take a Wild Winter Steelhead on the Umpqua River. There is no scientific rational for not allowing anglers to keep some Wild Winter Steelhead on the Umpqua River, at least based on the current abundance of these fish. If enough fishermen and interested parties attend this meeting and voice their opinions (for or against), ODF&W could change these proposed regulations. This proposal is still considered a DRAFT. Those unable to attend this meeting can still submit comments to ODF&W by Email to su.ro.etatsnull@nalPlatsaoC.WFDO by February 10, 2014. More information regarding the Coast Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan can be found on the ODF&W web site.”