McKenzie Trout Population Study 2013 Kickoff 4/30


Tuesday, April 30th, 2013, 6:00PM
McKenzie River Wild Trout Population Study 2012 Wrapup and 2013 Kickoff Meeting
Oregon Department of Forestry Conference Room, 3150 Main St., Springfield, OR 97478 (across from ODFW office)

Mark your calendars and join us for the kickoff of the 2013 Lower McKenzie River Wild Trout Population Study! Dave Thomas will be presenting our 2012 end-of-season report, with maps and preliminary population estimates for the first three years of the study. Arlen Thomason and Scott Kinney will discuss the progress and ongoing findings from the Radio Telemetry Study.

The 2013 Mark/Recapture (Floy-tagging) study season will begin on May 1st and continue through the end of June. For those of you who haven’t fished the study section lately, we’ve seen dramatic improvements in the fishing since our first season. In 2010, we averaged about 3 wild trout per trip; in 2011, about 6; and in 2012, we saw almost ten wild trout landed per trip! This spring is shaping up to be the best fishing in years, with low water, warm temperatures, good hatches, and limited snowpack. Whether you can spend one day or twenty on the water, we’d love to have your help!

All volunteers for the 2013 season will need to have completed the ODFW Floy-tagging training. ODFW staff will be offering Floy-tagging training after the meeting for new volunteers and previous participants who want a refresher course. If you attended a training meeting in 2010, 2011, or 2012, attendance is not required.

That’s not all! We’ll be awarding prizes for 2012, and discussing exciting new prizes for 2013!

Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you on the 30th!

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I was asked to post this here for y'all who might happen to live/venture down this way.
Even if you can't make it, it's a neat project taking advantage of volunteer manpower and local knowledge to conduct some substantial science on the McKenzie!


Eyes to the sky...
I think that the Native Fish Society has a river steward down that way. You may want to get in touch with NFS. I'm sure they'd be willing to help.



Thanks, SFG. Hopefully, some folks in the area can help. I belonged to the NFS for a number of years and while they do some great work, they seem more concerned with wild salmon/steelhead than wild trout.
The NFS has helped out; as have several other generous sponsors.

We're not really looking for money as much as volunteer angler hours at this point - the more people we can get on the water, the better! The population estimates become more robust with a higher percentage of the fish population sampled (and subsequently recaptured).

I flew over the river today and it looks absolutely prime. The next few weeks should produce some great fishing!