SALEM - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) invites members of the fishing public to comment on proposals for the 2005 angling regulations at nine public meetings being held in May.

The comments received at the meetings will be used when the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission receives a preview of the proposed angling regulation changes at the August Commission meeting and makes its final decisions on the 2005 Oregon sport fishing rules in September.

The review process began in late 2003 with suggested changes submitted by the public, Oregon State Police Officers and ODFW staff. The process occurs every four years when ODFW initiates a comprehensive review of the sport fishing regulations.

Of the more than 224 proposals submitted and reviewed by the Angling Regulations Review Board, more than 120 are not recommended for adoption because they did not meet criteria established by the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

All proposals may be seen at www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrFish/2005_regdev.htm or requested from ODFW by calling (800) 720-6339, Ext. 76200.

The proposed changes include the following:

• Redefining the minimum length for "steelhead" as 16 inches statewide

• Requiring anglers to display a valid angling license on their outer garment to assist with law enforcement

• Changing the trout fishing rules in north coast streams to allow the harvest of two per day

• Eliminating the protective closures for striped bass in the Coos River basin

In the Grant County area, a public meeting was held Monday in La Grande at Eastern Oregon State College.

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