With good numbers of hatchery spring chinook beginning to arrive, and the bulk of the run yet to come, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided to extend the fishing season at the “hatchery hole” on the Trask River. The hatchery hole is located at the Trask Hatchery.

Biologists recommended the change because the run size appears to be large enough that fish surplus to hatchery broodstock needs will be available for harvest.

The Trask River hatchery hole was scheduled to close May 31. With the extension, the season will now be open through July 15. Bag limits, guidelines and closed areas remain the same and are described in the 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

“This extension is possible because of the success of the new bobber and fly fishing only rules that have been implemented in this section of river,” said Chris Knutsen, ODFW district biologist in Tillamook. “These rules have been extremely effective at deterring the ‘snaggers’ and ‘flossers’ who, for many years, had been ruining the fishing experience for others.”

These new anti-snagging rules went into effect last year, and apply to the area from the Cedar Creek wooden boat slide to the Lorens Drift wooden boat slide. Gear in this area is restricted to fly and bobber angling only from May 1 to July 31. Bobber fishing is restricted to rigs with a bobber and leader no more than 36 inches in length.

Logo courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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