Doug I am truely confused about the night time ban on fishing in Oregon.
Here in Florida, one of the best times to fish is at night. You get out of the sun, and some of the game fish are more active at night.
I am a snook fishing addict, and night is the one of the best times to catch them. I can only keep them when they are in season. A great game fish and very delicious.
What am I missing here? Does the state of Oregon think the fishermen can use darkness to sneak up on the fish unawares?
Not sure "why" we have that law, but it's true. See page 8 of this document.
I checked it out and it looks like you can only fish for salmon, shad, steelhead, sturgeon, trout or whitefish during the day but everything else is ok to catch at night. I fish here in CA at night and use to do the same in Washington .
So I guess if I am fishing in Oregon for one of the species that are NOT on the "no nighttime fishing" list, and a salmon, shad, steelhead, sturgeon, trout or whitefish eats my bait, I am subject to a fine or possible arrest? On the surface it seems like a very strange law.
We have seasons for certain species in Florida. You are not allowed to keep any fish caught out of season.
BUT no one is going to fine you for catching and releasing an out of season fish.
Actually the Oregon law