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Drought prompts ODFW to restrict fishing on Clackamas, Willamette rivers
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has curtailed fishing hours on most of Oregons rivers to avoid additional stress on native fish already suffering from high water temperatures and low stream flows from this years drought.
Effective Saturday, July 18, and until further notice, all waterbodies defined as streams are closed to fishing for trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon from 2 p.m. to one hour before sunrise.
Angling for these species will be prohibited at all times in the Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls, including the Clackamas River up to the Interstate 205 Bridge, the Multnomah Channel and the Gilbert River.
As extreme weather events become more frequent due to climate change, we need to be prepared for the stress these conditions will have on fish, wildlife and their habitats, ODFW Fish Division Administrator Ed Bowles said. Planning for the effects of these changing climatic conditions presents a unique challenge for us, yet we are committed to doing our best to enhance resiliency to climate change and avoid significant impacts on our natural resources.