Salmon restoration efforts are reaching the tackle boxes of Northwest anglers, with the start of the New Year. That means no more using barbed hooks to catch salmon, steelhead and trout.
The new barbless hook rules cover hundreds of miles of river: from the mouth of the Columbia to McNary Dam in Umatilla County. Major tributaries are affected, too, like the Willamette River, from North Portland to Oregon City, and the lowermost portion of the Clackamas.
Jessica Sall, with Oregon Fish and Wildlife, said new rules are meant to spare threatened wild salmon the injuries that barbs can cause. … Continued at OPB News, where this report originated.
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