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No Fishing Restrictions Yet

dry lakesCENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The severe dry conditions in California are now impacting fishing, but Oregon wildlife officials say restrictions are not in place for the Rogue Valley just yet.

California has closed fishing on a number of rivers and streams, including Smith River, due to the severe drought. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says there are not limitations yet in Oregon. They say river flows have been low, but now low enough yet to impact salmon.

“We’re certainly well below median flow, say, at the Grants Pass river gauge, but in both the drought in 1977 and in 2001, we were lower on the river,” said Dan Van Dyke, with Oregon Fish and Wildlife.

Biologists say if the current dry conditions continue, it could have a negative effect on the spawning ability for steel head this summer.