- Feb 25, 2011
- Oregon! ;)
Ok so I know there have already been posts about this topic, but I just wanted to clarify. You absolutely DO need a combined angling tag in order to harvest/ keep steelhead out of Alton Baker Canal!!!! I have talked/ minor argued over this with quite a few different anglers over this topic out there. the response I get the most from "those guys" is that you do not need to tag them because it is a stocking location and that they are planted there... My response is, "So what!?" what does that have anything to do with it? Even if they may be planted there at times, Steelhead also get there on their own as well and ALL require tagging regardless. Here is the evidence to needing a tag for all of you non- believers out there: Almost ALWAYS (being very generic for obvious reasons) are steelhead/salmon only ever considered "trout" in a lake/pond or some other LANDLOCK situation (A.B.C. of course being a connecting tributary to the willamette... it's like 200 freaking feet away) Also when special regs of retention of steelhead as trout occurs, it will be clearly stated in specifics under each special zone. Alton does not state anywhere in the section about this (also when nothing is stated like this, it just generally implies the need of a tag) Also, when looking at the tag number index, alton baker canal has it's own tag number! ( I believe it's 187...?) Why would it have a tag number if you don't need to tag them? You of course don't have to believe me, but the last person I told this to who I watched catch a beautiful hen, who didn't have a tag, an hour later also watched him receive a $300 fine. that is waaaaaaay more expensive than just going to the store and buying the angling tag!!!! Serves those type of people right! I apologize for the lecture! It's just that I really love/ enjoy fishing, but I also take it very seriously and I don't like it when people don't follow even the simplest of regs. thanks for all of your time!