FOREST GROVE — Trout caught in north coast rivers and streams can be keepers for the first time since 1997 under new sport fishing regulations for 2009.
New regulations adopted Friday by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission lift the catch-and-release restriction for cutthroat trout in the northwest area of the state.
The new rules also will allow anglers to harvest up to two trout a day from May 25 to Oct. 31 next year.
Lower Columbia River tributaries will remain closed to trout harvest.
State biologists told commissioners at their meeting in Forest Grove that there was no biological basis for continuing the harvest restrictions on trout along the north coast.
"Cutthroat populations on the north coast are widespread and stable," said Robert Bradley, a fish biologist from Tillamook.
On other proposals, the commission:
- Kept in place a catch-and-release restriction for wild steelhead on the mainstem Umpqua River and North Umpqua rivers
- Rejected proposals to limit the use of bait on the McKenzie River
- Declined to set statewide harvest limits for bass, crappie and channel catfish
- Rejected proposals to increase daily bag limits for bull trout on Lake Billy Chinook
A complete list of the 2009 sport fishing regulation proposals adopted by the Commission will be posted at www.dfw.state.or.us.