La Grande, Ore. – Dry conditions in eastern Oregon and declining water levels in Thief Valley Reservoir have prompted local fish biologists to liberalize daily catch limits on the reservoir starting Saturday, Aug. 9.
From Aug. 9 to Sept. 30, 2014 the daily bag limit for trout is increased to 15 fish with no minimum size.
Thief Valley Reservoir on the Powder River is currently holding significant water, but the storage level is declining at a rate that would have it at ‘dead storage’ level by the middle of September, according to Tim Bailey, ODFW fish biologist. Liberalizing the bag limit now will give anglers a better opportunity to harvest trout that would die later when the reservoir is drained, he said.
“When the water level reaches ‘dead storage’, large numbers of trout get trapped in isolated pools,” Bailey said. “Most fish will be stressed in the warm, turbid water and die. Conditions when the reservoir is at dead storage are not conducive to the harvesting of fish.”