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Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife is considering a change to relax the rules regarding fishing from a boat on the Sandy River.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A fisherman pilots his boat below the Troutdale bridge on the Sandy River. A proposal by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife would open an addition 25 miles of the river to fishing from a boat, though motors would still be limited to the portion of the river below Dabney Park. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing to allow more fishing from a boat or other floating device on the Sandy River starting in 2021.

Current sport fishing regulations prohibit fishing from a floating device upstream of Oxbow Park. The department is proposing to eliminate this old prohibition to increase the ability for anglers to catch hatchery salmon and steelhead.

Increased harvest of these hatchery fish is a conservation measure to help the department minimize the number of hatchery fish that spawn with protected wild fish populations.

If adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in August, this change would open an additional 25 miles of the Sandy River to fishing from a floating device for salmon and steelhead. Currently angling from a floating device is restricted to 12 miles in the lower river downstream of Oxbow Park.

While simplifying angling regulations, the proposal would not affect the existing prohibition on operating a motorized boat upstream of Dabney State Park.

Submit comments on the proposed angling regulation change to ODFW at this website, or mail your response to Ben Walczak, district fish biologist, at 17330 S.E. Evelyn St., Clackamas, OR 97015. You also can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments are requested by May 26.

Additional opportunities to comment on a final rule proposal will also occur later this year during the public comment period associated with Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission consideration of 2021 Sport Fishing Regulations.

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