PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Drought is leading officials to lift fishing restrictions in parts of Oregon. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife is ditching limits in several bodies of water in Baker and Wallowa counties.

ODFW is predicting water quality conditions in some areas will become deadly to fish this summer, so they’re working to make it easier for you to fish in those places while it’s still safe.

ODFW ditching fishing limits in several bodies of water due to water quality conditions

Image: KPTV

The agency lifted size and daily limits for most species of fish in five bodies of water in Wallowa County through the end of September. It did the same for a couple of fishing spots in Baker County through October 10. The only exceptions are bull trout and tiger muskie. ODFW says the lifted restrictions are all because of the toll this abnormally hot and dry weather is taking on our fish population.

"It's a double whammy for fish, really it's not, not only do you have prolonged hot weather, which increases water temperatures, but what it also does is there's just not enough water. So, we have low water that's hot. Which is just... no relief for fish." Ben Walczak of ODFW, said.

The department doesn’t believe fishing will be a wash, state-wide, this summer. They’re only expressing concern about certain areas impacted by drought.

Copyright 2021 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. 


Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.