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Monday, 28 December 2009 09:27

Good news for Oregon Freshwater Anglers

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The State of Oregon is trying something new for 2010 that I nearly forgot about:
Permitting the use of two fishing rods.

In a lot of states this is old hat, but for several others, this is new stuff.  Oregon will allow appropriately licensed individuals and children 13 and under, the privilege of fishing with two rods. The two rod permit is an additional $17 fee on top of your normal fishing license fees.

This isn’t for the faint of heart though.  Managing two rods can be a lot of work, especially for those of you that have a hard time just dealing with one rod. I know several catfish and carp guys that are very excited though.  In these normally slow, bait-fishing only situations, a second rod can help keep the stink off of you.

But there has been many times where I’ve wanted to fish two rods, especially when I was a bank angler before I got the kayak.  Throw out one line with bait, then grab a second rod and throw on a jig, spinner, spoon, or whatever, and cast and retrieve.  I usually had two rods with me for that purpose, but could only use one at a time.

A concern I have, though, is over-fishing.  While we still have catch limits, two rods can definitely encourage over fishing with people taking home limits much more regularly.  I don’t know that Oregon State has a stockpile of trout to fill the various lakes and ponds it already stocks.  Conservation is even more important for fish like bass, even if they are an introduced species.

I do, however, look forward to this opportunity.  I can easily see myself paddling around with a spoon on my right, and a plug on my left.  Hopefully I don’t get it all snagged up or tangled.

Oregon’s second rod option is only valid in lakes, ponds and standing water reservoirs, and not valid on rivers, streams, or any of the Columbia River reservoirs.

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Isaac Miller

About the Author: Isaac Miller considers himself an "equal opportunity angler" and will fish anything that will take a hook. Isaac often makes live internet video broadcasts when fishing from his kayaks, giving up-to-the-second reports on conditions and tackle choices. He also blogs at www.isaac-online.com and is a YakAngler.com Pro Staffer as well as Co-Host for Kayak Fishing Radio's Wild West show, PR Director for Recycled Fish, and co-owner of Green Tackle.

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