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State wants anglers to report tagged fish from Hagg Lake

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife released 500 specially-tagged hatchery-raised rainbow trout into Henry Hagg Lake near Gaston last week as a way to evaluate the fish stocking program.

To help the process, ODFW officials are asking anglers to turn in those tags.

The fish-tagging effort is part of a pilot program initiated at Wallowa Lake this spring that will help quantify the harvest, movement and growth of stocked fish. As in Wallowa Lake, the agency will tag and release a known number of fish into Hagg Lake and ask anglers who catch a tagged fish to return them or notify ODFW with the tag information.

The 500 tagged fish are a small portion of the 15,000 fish released, according to Ben Walczak, ODFW fish biologist. Comparing the number of tags returned to the total number of fish released will allow biologists to draw some conclusions about the success of the trout stocking program in Hagg Lake.

Some fish have a reward tag that will earn the angler a $50 reward.  

Tagged fish can be harvested or released. If the fish is released, cut the tag off at the base rather than ripping it out. Anglers can report non-reward tags in person, by mail, by phone or at dfw.state.or.us. Reward tags must be returned to ODFW Clackamas Office, either in person or by mail.

This pilot program is funded through a grant from the ODFW Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program.

For more information, contact Ben Walczak, 971-673-6013.

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