Fishing trip to Roslyn Lake this weekend might fill the freezer

Anglers with a taste for fish and a lot of room in their freezer might find their fancies fulfilled beginning Friday at a small lake near Sandy outside of Portland.

All bag and size limits for fish caught in Roslyn Lake will be lifted beginning Friday so anglers can catch and keep as many of the lake's trout and warmwater fish as they want before the impoundment goes dry.

Roslyn Lake is a reservoir built to feed water from the Sandy and Little Sandy rivers into the Bull Run powerhouse. But Portland General Electric's removal of the Marmot and Little Sandy dams renders the impoundment useless, so PGE plans to drain the lake in the spring and restore the lake bed to its natural contours.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has adopted a temporary rule lifting the catch restrictions, giving anglers a chance to catch as many of the fish as possible — or all of them — before the water is gone.

That includes some large rainbow trout stocked through last September, as well as hatchery steelhead stocked through November, according to Todd Alsbury, an ODFW biologist.

Other available species include smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, and possibly brown bullhead.

All other angling regulations still apply.

Fly Tying in John Day, An Adult Event

Oregon's popular Becoming An Outdoors Woman workshops resume Feb. 9 with an adults-only worskshop in John Day introducing anglers to the functional art of fly-tying.

The workshop is designed for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome.

Experienced instructors will teach the basics of tying basic trout-fishing flies, including Wooly Buggers, Elk Hair Caddis and Wooly Worms. These are the staples of a wet-fly angler's fly box, and most people can learn to tie basic patterns in a single class.

A fly-tying kit and all the materials needed for the day will be available for use. Lunch also is provided.

The cost is $30 and the class size is limited to 15.

Anyone interested in the workshop, including registration, should call Darlene Sprecher, who coordinates BOW programs for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For more information on the program and future workshops, e-mail Sprecher at

Regional Fishing Council Seat Open

Oregonians with an interest in serving on a regional council that sets ocean-fishing rules have a day to mull it over.

Nominations will be taken through Friday for those who want to be considered for appointment to an at-large seat on the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

The council is one of eight regional councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 to manage fisheries in federal waters, which run 3 to 200 miles offshore. Waters inside 3 miles are managed by the states.

Rod Moore of Portland currently holds the seat that is up for reappointment. It was his first three-year term on the council, which sets sport and commercial ocean fisheries and includes recreational and commercial representatives.

PFMC officials only recently sent nominating materials to the Governor's office, causing a short window for the nomination process, says Cyreis Schmitt, who is organizing the nomination process for ODFW.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no one —including Moore — had applied for the seat, Schmitt says.

Nominations will be forwarded by ODFW to the Governor's office for selection of at least three candidates for National Marine Fisheries/U.S. Department of Commerce consideration.

Anyone interested in nominating themselves or someone else should contact Schmitt at 541-867-0300, ext. 265, or send an email to for more information and nomination materials.

Completed nomination materials are due back no later than Feb. 11.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail

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