We will be postponing the scheduled OBBAC meeting this Sunday. First, I’m a bit under the weather, and the weather is a bit under the weather. We will reschedule soon, and be back up to speed.

I apologize for any inconvenience.

Second, don’t forget the “spider block” party on April 2nd, at Lost Creek. We will be at the Corps’ work shed again, above the hatchery grounds. I’ll send along more information as we get closer to the date.

Third, and most important, some of you may recall my speaking of HB 2632. This is a bill designed to destroy our warm water fishing in Oregon. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Roblan (D-Coos Bay), and Rep. Olson (R-Albany) changes the definition of “hatchery produced” fish to broaden the scope. It also removes all limits from “non-native” fish. It was originally thought that this bill was doomed. However, the Native Fish Society has climbed aboard, primarily because of the removal of the limits. The bill now seems to be getting some traction in the legislature. I have sent e-mails to Rep. Wally Hicks and Sen. Jason Atkinson, my legislative representatives here in Grants Pass, and I strongly urge you to do the same. We need to become very pro-active in this endeavor. If we do not, we face the very real danger of losing a fishery we all love.

Also, you can go on http://gov.oregonlive.com/ and post your opinion. Simply type in 2632 under the bill number and it will take you to the proper page. This is a website provided by the Oregonian newspaper that allows blogs, and gets read by many folks. I posted on there yesterday.

As this bill progresses, I will keep everyone up to date. If necessary, I will go to Salem and do some legislative “buttonholing”. Currently, that looks like the case.

Please, if you like to fish warm water, even occasionally, take the time to act NOW!