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Kokanee Power Oregon’s Mission? (Kill The Big Ones to Preserve the Troll?)

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I was discussing fishing with my bro-in-law last night and he remarked about a fishing derby he had entered this late Summer at Diamond Lake (Oregon). The prize money was sizeable and it was huge success….many fish caught and killed. All this on a lake that was a trophy lake years ago but because of morons introducing baitfish, it has been nuked at least two times to kill off all life and re-stocked in an effort to restore it to a decent fishery…..for ‘put and take…kill the fish derby’s’ apparently.

Kokanee Power Oregon states at their website:

“While bass fishing tournaments have long been a staple on the Oregon angling scene, derbies featuring cold water species like trout and kokanee have been uncommon.

But Kokanee Power is changing that — and providing a boost to fishing in the process.

Launched just 16 months ago, the Medford-based organization has already held six fishing derbies in Oregon. Two more are scheduled this summer — including another kokanee event Aug. 22 at Odell Lake and a trout derby Sept. 26-27 at Diamond Lake.

While its name emphasizes one spe-cies of fish (kokanee are landlocked sockeye saled to be the big-gest trout tournament ever held in Oregon, with a minimum of $5,000 in prize money.”

The expressed mission according to Kokanee Power Oregon:y to boost kokanee, trout and salmon fisheries in inland waters.”


I was sitting there listening to my bro-in-law describe the worthiness of this and said is it any wonder trout fishing in Orgon sucks if this is the means to the end? Even bass tournaments have figured out live wells and C&R for tournaments…but here in Oregon it is still about the meat…The Kokanee is such a plentiful fish in many lakes I guess it does lend itself to a put and take derby mentality. But, Diamond Lake trout…? And, somewhere in this mix of mess is ODFW, the masters of fish management in Oregon…

Perhaps there is an upside to this that I am not aware of beyond KPO donated monies etc. Like what is the real world results in California or Oregon to this good intentioned event?

Perhaps we are to the psychological point of man made impoundments and hatchery fish for stringers and meat…period.The picture is not from a KPO event…no difference in my estimation.

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