In accordance with Senate Bill 958 (2015), an organizer of a
fishing derby for Northern pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus oregonensis) may request a
free derby license from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department)
with the following restrictions:
A derby license from the Department is required. An organizer must apply for a
license at least 60 days prior to the event. The license must be in possession
of the organizer at the derby location, and must be shown to Oregon State
Police (OSP) or Department representatives on request. ODFW shall set license
conditions after consideration of the impacts on sensitive populations or
habitats for fish species, as well as social impacts.
(2) The maximum duration of a fishing derby
shall be three days.
(3) No more
than two fishing derby licenses may be issued per year for a given body of
(4) An organizer of a
fishing derby is required to obtain a separate fishing derby license for each
(5) All current
angling regulations and license requirements for the location of the derby
remain in effect and shall not be altered to accommodate the derby. In
addition, special license conditions such as reduced bag limits may be applied
in order to protect affected fish stocks.
(6) Catch and release angling is permitted,
provided fish are released unharmed.
(7) The derby organizer is responsible for
identifying non-profit outlets or commercial fish or bait dealers for any
unwanted fish which are retained from the derby. Only Northern pikeminnow may
be sold to commercial fish or bait dealers and only for charitable fund-raising
purposes. The derby license exempts the licensee from any commercial licensing
requirements and the wholesale fish and bait dealers are not required to report
the Northern pikeminnow purchased from the derby to the Department on fish
receiving tickets or pay ad-valorem fees.
(8) Derby organizers are responsible for
meeting all other state and local requirements for such things as special use