Anglers have until May 15, 2013 to turn in their 2012 combined angling tag for a chance to win one of over 100 outdoor products, including a complete drift boat package.

ODFW sponsors this promotion each year to encourage anglers to turn in their tags. Currently, the department estimates only 20 percent of anglers return their combined tags, which are required to fish for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and Pacific halibut.

According to John Seabourne, operations manager for the ODFW Fish Division, information from the tags is used to determine harvest rates and fishing effort in Oregon’s salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and halibut fisheries. The information is also posted on the ODFW website where anglers can check the harvest rates from their favorite water bodies.

“The angling tags are an important source of information about fishing effort and harvest,” he said.

Anglers who return their tags by the May 15 deadline will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a 16-foot Fish Rite drift boat package or one of 100 prizes from Bi-Mart. The drawing will be held May 31.

To insure their name is entered in the drawing, anglers should return completed tags to any ODFW office or mail to ODFW Tag Returns, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE, Salem, Ore. 97303. Tags also can be returned to any fishing or hunting license agent.

Logo courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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