BEND, OR -- Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife is changing fishing regulation at Wickiup Reservoir in 2018. The “bonus” bag limit for Kokanee will change from 25 to five. "It has to do with the Spotted Frog and the water levels that they’re going to have to hold there different times of the year, so they’re expecting to have less habitat for Kokanee," says KBND outdoor expert Gary Lewis. "So, that means Kokanee numbers will probably drop."
Lewis says, "Wickiup is a huge destination for Kokanee anglers and they go there because of the productivity and the size of the fish. So, this will be a concern for some people but there’s other places to catch Kokanee so it’ll probably move the anglers around a little bit." He adds, "This decision was made this year, in 2017, then they rescinded it and now they’re going to this for 2018."
ODFW hosts a public meeting to discuss the change, Wednesday at 6 p.m. at COCC's Health Career Center Building in Bend.