Originally Posted by vans
Right now in Oregon, Trout fishing is closed on the west side of the state. Tuna, Halibut seasons are closed. Lost of closures, depending on the species and time of year.
Yeah - we have a 6-7 month window with *no* stream trout fishing on most rivers west of the Cascade Range summit. From Eugene southward, most streams open up the last Saturday in April. North of Eugene, most rivers open the last Saturday in May - and all of it shuts down on Halloween, save for an odd handful of rivers like the McKenzie and Row Rivers which remain open, at least in part, to trout fishing year round.
The lower part of the Deschutes River is open year round, but the upper reaches (where you'd find Browns) are closed November 1 until late April.
I think tradition has a lot more impact in this than science - I'd understand a small window of a closed season to protect spawning native trout - but trout don't take 6 months to spawn. They also claim that they moved the opener from late April to late May to allow for the outmigration of salmon and steelhead smolts from their natal streams to the ocean.
Since other western states don't close their general season down, I'd rather see a much smaller closed season, or the fishing left open on a C&R (rivers are already C&R unless there's hatchery plants, which is almost non-existent) year-round.
Lakes are open year round, unless special regs close them early.
Sturgeon fisheries are special fisheries, and can close early, open late, or get extended. Sometimes after they close, they will reopen a season on short/no notice.
We've also closed off most of the small tributary streams west of the Cascades to all fishing, year round, on the idea that it protects salmon and steelhead spawning grounds and protects the smolts. That also seems a bit over-kill, since most of those small streams have much higher populations of cutthroat trout than salmon smolt, and streams are already restricted by statewide general regulations to C&R only status.
And the season for non-native fishes are open only when a salmon/trout/steelhead season is open, except for a few rivers, which also doesn't make much sense. There's a river with a much higher population of smallmouth and largemouth bass, yellow perch, panfish, carp, and catfish than native trout or salmon - yet it only has an open window of fishing of 5 months, and most of the river is artificial fly & lure only, and you can't use soft plastic lures for the bass because the state of Oregon has deemed plastics to be "bait" and thus verboten on most streams.