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Tuesday, May 30, 2023
May 30, 2023

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Fishing rules lifted in 10 northeast Oregon ponds


SALEM, Ore. — All fishing limits in 10 northeast Oregon lakes and ponds have been lifted ahead of fall chemical treatments to remove unwanted fish species from the water bodies.

The Statesman Journal reports the lakes and ponds are in Baker, Union, Umatilla and Wallowa counties. Size, bag and possession limits are off until Sept 26. Fish can also be caught by hand and dip net.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fish biologist, Kyle Bratcher, says the agency is loosening the rules to give people a chance to harvest the fish before they are removed to make way for trout to be restocked.

The water bodies will be closed after Sept. 26 and will reopen Jan. 1. They will be restocked with hatchery trout in the spring.