December 6, 2018 10:00 a.m.
Officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife say wild winter steelhead are starting to show in some Southwest Zone rivers and they are reminding anglers of harvest limits.
A release from ODFW said in August, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted a regulation to decrease the wild winter steelhead harvest limit in Southwest Zone rivers from one per day and five per season to one per day and three per season. This regulation is not in effect until January 1st.
The release said currently the East Fork Coquille River already has a one and three harvest limit for 2018.
Other coastal rivers with wild winter steelhead harvest retain the one and five limit through the end of the year. These include the Chetco, Elk, Illinois, Pistol, Sixes and Winchuck rivers and Euchre and Hunter creeks. The Rogue River opens for wild winter steelhead harvest January 1st from the mouth up to Hog Creek.
The release said starting January 1st, 2019 for all rivers and streams in the Southwest Zone where wild winter steelhead harvest is allowed, the regulation will convert to the one per day and three per season harvest limit.
The Umpqua River and many other Southwest Zone streams remain closed to wild winter steelhead harvest.