ROSEBURG

Meeting set to discuss waterfowl

The Southwest Regional Council of the Access and Habitat program will host a public meeting on Dec. 6 at noon to discuss a renewal of the New River Aleutian Goose Project.

The project provides by-permission waterfowl hunting on 3,540 acres where Aleutian Canada geese have created a severe damage problem on local grazing pastures.

Interested parties can attend the meeting at ODFW’s office at 4192 N Umpqua Hwy, Roseburg.

The A&H program funds projects that provide hunter access and/or improve wildlife habitat on private land in Oregon. It’s funded by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses and big game auction and raffle tag sales.

Information: Jade Keehn, ODFW A&H Southwest regional coordinator, jade.e.keehn@state.or.us; (541) 826-8774 x 232.

SALEM

ODFW to discuss fish enhancement

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Advisory Committee will meet in Salem at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

The meeting is at the Salem Municipal Airport, 2990 25th Street SE, Salem. The agenda is available at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/STEP.

The agenda includes review of mini-grant applications, STEP program planning and program updates. The meeting is open to the public.

The Oregon Legislature created Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program in 1981 to provide a way for volunteers to participate in the restoration of native stocks of salmon, steelhead and trout.

The STEP Advisory Committee makes recommendations to ODFW and the Fish and Wildlife Commission on issues regarding its programs. The committee’s 13 members are appointed by the Governor and represent all areas of Oregon.

Information: ODFW, 503-947-6211.

GOLD BEACH

Fishing restrictions lifted after rainfall

Angling gear restrictions are now lifted for the Chetco and Winchuck rivers due to significant rainfall eliminating snagging risk to fall chinook.

ODFW had extended the restrictions to Dec. 31 or until rainfall raised water levels.

“We are back on track with water flows in the Chetco and Winchuck and fall chinook are now moving upriver,” said Steve Mazur, district fish biologist.

Effective immediately, the restriction to fly fishing or bobber fishing in both rivers is lifted. The rivers are open for winter steelhead and fall chinook for the remainder of the year according to general, statewide and southwest zone regulations.

Bag limit is one per day, five per year as part of the daily or annual salmon/steelhead bag limit.

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