Commission hears update on Governor's Recommended Budget and adopts rules to allow grass carp stocking in Devils Lake

Devils Lake - Lincoln City, OR (Lincoln County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

SALEM, Ore.—The Commission met Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16-17 in Portland. On Thursday, the Commission attended a workshop, Water for Fish and Wildlife, and hosted a meet and greet at the Pacific NW Sportsmen's Show at the Portland Expo Center. The workshop was streamed live on YouTube and a recording can be viewed at

The Commission today heard from staff about migratory bird conservation under a changing climate and received an update on the recently introduced Governor's Recommended Budget for ODFW.

Also today, the Commission adopted rules to allow the department to approve a permit for stocking of grass carp into Devils Lake subject to terms and conditions determined by the department. Devils Lake is experiencing moderate to severe growth of invasive aquatic weeds. ODFW staff recommended approving biological control with sterile grass carp as an appropriate tool to aid in invasive aquatic weed control with minimal risk to native species.

In other business, the Commission reappointed Curt Melcher as the director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for a term of four years.

The meeting was streamed live and a recording is available at ODFW's website,

The Commission's next meeting is scheduled for March 17 in Salem.

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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, February 16th

Umatilla River: The steelhead fishing on the Umatilla has picked up in the past week
Hood River: Winter steelhead fishing on the Hood River continues to be slow
Alsea River: Winter steelhead are throughout the Alsea system
Kilchis River: The Kilchis is back to low and clear conditions
Miami River: The Miami is getting low and clear
Necanicum River: The Necanicum will be low and clear this week
Nehalem River: The lower Nehalem is steelhead green
Nehalem River- North Fork: The North Fork Nehalem is low and clear
Three Rivers: Three Rivers got a push of fish back to the hatchery trap this past week
Salmon River: Winter steelhead are in the Salmon River
Siletz River: Winter steelhead are moving up in the Siletz River
Siuslaw River: Winter steelhead are showing up on the Siuslaw River
Trask River: There are wild steelhead (catch-and-release only) throughout the system
Wilson River: Steelhead fishing on the Wilson was good the end of last week
Yaquina River: Fishing has been challenging the past few weeks but it’s starting to pick up
Chetco River: The Chetco is low and clear
Coos River: The Coos Basin steelhead rivers continue to run low and clear
Coquille River: The Coquille Basin steelhead rivers continue to run fairly low and clear
Elk River: Low and clear
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant has filled to 21 percent full
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is filling with the input of various springs and is now at 41 percent full
Rogue River- Lower: Fishing pressure has slowed as flows have dropped
Rogue River - Middle: Current flow is around 1,400 cfs
Rogue River- Upper: Hatchery summer steelhead are still available and being caught
Sixes River: Steelhead are scattered through the river
Winchuck River: Low and clear
John C Boyle Reservoir: The reservoir is ice-free
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is 2.4 feet below full pool and 61 percent full
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Lake Of The Woods: Ice fishing has been slow to good depending on the day
Lost River: The river near Big Springs in Bonanza is also worth a few casts
Phillips Reservoir: Phillips Reservoir currently has about 12 inches of ice cover
Sycan River: Flows are 28 cfs
: ODFW Recreation Report

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