Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

(Photo by me) How many bass of this size would be around if officials removed the creel limit on them?
(Photo by me)
How many bass of this size would be around if officials removed the creel limit on them?

My friend Bill Monroe reports that Oregon’s fisheries officials will remove creel limits from bass, perch, pike and other warm-water species starting in 2016.

Maybe the move seems logical to anglers in Oregon, who focus mainly on trout, steelhead and salmon. But for someone like me, who lives in a state where most of the fishing is for warm-water species, it seems a bit shortsighted. Oregon’s Columbia River has been named one of the nation’s top bass-fishing destinations, and the John Day River has been named the top smallmouth-bass river in the West.

I’m sure the fisheries folks made the decision based on the best available science, but in the back of my mind I can’t help but think that the Law of Unintended Consequences might come into play sometime in the not-too-distant future.