ODFW: Wickiup Reservoir fishing rules to change in 2018

Public meeting on the changes set for Dec. 6

BEND, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday it is changing some fishing regulations at Wickiup Reservoir, starting next year.

The “bonus” bag limit for kokanee will change from 25 to five and the Deschutes River Arm will close Aug. 31 (one month earlier than it did this year).

"The new approach is intended to protect naturally reproducing fish populations and sustain quality recreational fishing opportunities into the future," the agency said.

ODFW invited the public to participate in a discussion regarding fish management for Wickiup Reservoir, a favorite destination for anglers seeking large brown trout and kokanee.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Room 190 in the Health Career Center building.

During the meeting, ODFW said it will also provide insight on how current water management in the upper Deschutes River impacts the reservoir fishery.

Meeting attendees will find free parking on College Way and at the Library. 

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