As we approach the Salmonfly Hatch for 2019 on the Upper Rogue and in particular the Holy Water stretch we want to remind you that the Creel Surveys that began 2 years ago are still very much in effect and that data collection is crucial to maintaining the health of this fishery. So please fill in the report cards that you see at the various locations around the Holy Water (pictured below). The info below is a re-run from last year just as a reminder but I will be providing an update on this activity as it goes on. Thank you!
WHATS THE DEAL?
It has been speculated that everything from high water events, to massacre by waterfowl are responsible for suppressed fish numbers in this fly fishing only section of the river. In response to regular questioning by local anglers as well as the Rogue Fly Fishers, ODF&W has responded with a trout tagging and angler survey operation that should give them the data they require to manage the fishery more effectively. In the last couple months more than 200 legal size trout have been planted with different color tags. And yes, they are very nice looking fish.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
This is the hard part - you need to go fishing! ODF&W really needs us to get out and fish and then record our catch data in the many survey boxes placed conveniently around this stretch of water. It only takes a minute and this info will make or break this project. Record the color of the tag, whether the tag has any markings on it and also if your fish had it's adipose fin removed. You will find all the info you need on the cards located within the survey boxes. IMPORTANT NOTE - if you fish below the Holy Water a fair amount and catch one of these tagged fish that is really important for ODF&W to know. You can call them directly (some tags have phone numbers!) or even call us at the shop with this info.
HOW WILL IT HELP?
The Holy Water has long been one the few great options for trout fishing we have here in proximity to the Rogue Valley. It has gone through many cycles but like many western tailwaters has see the fishing decline over a long period of time primarily caused by siltation and loss of gravel & structure. Fish & Bugs use gravel to spawn, fish also like to hide among wood and large boulders. The Holy Water fishery is unsustainable without ODF&W stocking enhancement. It would be a very lean fishery without this. This survey will provide the necessary information for them to manage it most most effectively with our angling success in mind! So if you like catching fish at the Holy Water then yes! It will help!
Thank you and everyone involved appreciates your participation! Please call the shop or ODF&W if you have any questions.