LA GRANDE — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced a temporary rule closing Morgan Lake to fishing, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Traditionally Morgan Lake has been closed from Oct. 31 to the fourth Saturday in April each year. However, an inadvertent omission in the 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations has led several anglers to question if Morgan Lake was now going to be open year round.
“I’ve heard from several fisherman who noticed the omission of the Morgan Lake special regulation and wanted to know if the lake would now be open for ice fishing,” said Tim Bailey, La Grande district fish biologist. “It was not our intention to change management of this lake so we have implemented the temporary rule to close the lake to winter fishing.”
The lake is owned and operated by the City of La Grande, which closes access to the lake when it’s not open for fishing. The winter access closure minimizes maintenance needs and vandalism of facilities at the lake.
The temporary rule closes Morgan Lake to fishing from Jan. 1 through April 26, 2013. The lake will re-open per tradition on April 27.