With Washington State closed for recreational fishing due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and California leaning more and more towards restricting angling, anglers in the PNW had been looking to Oregon as their last close opportunity to fish. Well, that all changed last week.
According to the Redding Record Searchlight, “Oregon is closing hunting and fishing to non-residents at the end of Friday (April 10th)”
“ODFW is hearing concerns from rural communities about people visiting to hunt and fish and placing additional burdens on these communities’ limited resources,” the state wildlife agency said in a news release.
The restrictions came as a result of concern being voiced from Oregon’s rural communities who are worried that their current infrastructure cannot handle the additional weight of out-of-state anglers.
“Rural communities are concerned about the potential impact of COVID-19 on medical and emergency services, search and rescue and their citizens. Some have asked us to close seasons to reduce travel,” ODFW Director Curt Melcher said.