Monthly Archives: December 2012

Butterfield Lake Fishing Map

Butterfield Lake still has plenty of large rainbows left from its October plant.

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When it comes to individual players standing out this season, two offensive players are dominating the statistics for their respective positions. One is Calvin Johnson, a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and the other is tailback Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.

Calvin Johnson is leading the NFL in pass receiving yardage with 1,428 after 12 games. Demaruius Thomas of the Denver Broncos is a distant second with 1,197 receiving yards. Johnson currently leads Thomas by 231 yards, but if both players continue to maintain their current receiving averages they will finish up with 1.904 and 1,597 yards at the end of the regular season respectively. Since 1980, only Marvin Harrison of the then Indianapolis Colts in 2002, has led the league in receiving yardage by more than the 310 yards Johnson is expected to lead this year. In 2002, Harrison had 1,722 receiving yards to the Vikings’ Randy Moss’s 1,347 yards –  margin of 375 yards.

Adrian Peterson is having an amazing season, After tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee late last season, Peterson has come back from the surgery to have his greatest season. He is averaging a career-best 6.2 yards per rushing attempt and after 12 games this season, leads NFL rushers by a margin of 308 yards over Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch, who is second. If both Peterson and Lynch maintain their per game rushing averages over the season’s last four games they will end up with 1,928 yards and 1,517 yards respectively – a difference of 411 yards.

Since 1980, a running back has led the NFL in rushing yardage by a margin of more than 300 yards. In 1980, Earl Campbell (Houston)  rushed 373 times for 1,934 yards to top Walter Payton (Chicago) who rushed 317 times for 1,460 yards; in 1986, Eric Dickerson (Los Angeles) rushed 404 times for 1,821 yards to Joe Morris (NY Giants) 341 times for 1,516 yards; in 1994, Barry Sanders (Detroit)  rushed 331 times for 1,883 yards to top Chris Warren of Seattle’s 333 times for 1.545 yards; in 2009, Chris Johnson (Tennessee) rushed 358 times for 2,006 yards to top Steven Jackson of St. Louis who rushed 324 times for 1,416 yards.

Only Chris Johnson (590 yards) and Earl Campbell (474 yards) had a greater margin of rushing yardage than Peterson’s projected margin of 411 yards this season. And only Peterson (after 12 games – 234 rushing attempts to Lynch’s 250) and Sanders (331 rushing attempts in 1994 to Warren’s 333) had a margin of more than 300 rushing yards with fewer carries. AND only Adrian Peterson did it the very next season after undergoing serious knee surgery.

As for defensive standouts, the 49’ers Adon Smith is leading the NFL with 17.5 sacks and is on a pace to achieve 23 for the season. Although Adon’s sack pace is ost impressive, two other players (J.J. Watts of Houston and Von Smith of Denver) are on a pace to finish with at least 21 sacks this season.

Ironically, the intercepted pass leader for this season is almost certainly going to be Chicago’s Tim Jennings who has eight interceptions after 12 games and leads four other defensive backs by three interceptions. While Jennings projected season interception total of 10.67 is not all that impressive, the other four second place interceptors are projected to finish with exactly four interceptions less than Jennings and one has to go all the way back to 1980 to find a league interception leader who led the league by as many as three (Oakland’s Lester Hayes with 13 to Kansas City’s Gary Barbaro’s 10).

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Overlooked NFL Statistics


Everyone looks at the standard NFL statistics and those statistics regarding NFL receivers deal with pass receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions. But these figures may not tell an accurate story regarding how effective the quarterback-receiving tandem may actually be. One very much overlooked statistic regarding NFL receivers is how much yardage they average for every pass thrown their way. Detroit’s Calvin Johnson is running away with the receiving yardage title this season, but a number of other receivers are averaging a higher amount of yards each time their quarterback throws a pass towards them Here are this year’s yardage per pass attempt leaders after 12 games of this year’s NFL season.

Demaryius Thomas (Denver) 1,197 yards – 110 possible receptions – 10.88 yards/possible receptiosn; Malcolm Floyd (San Diego) 765 yards – 74 possible receptions – 10.34 yards per possible reception; Rob Gronkowski (New England) – 748 yards – 75 possible receptions – 9.97 yards per possible reception; Calvin Johnson (Detroit) 1,428 yards – 144 possible receptions – 9.92 yards per possible reception; Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay) – 1,014 yards – 103 possible receptions – 9.84 yards per possible reception; Cecil Short (Jacksonville) – 824 yards – 84 possible receptions – 9.81 yards per possible reception; Julio Jones (Atlanta) – 931 yards – 95 possible receptions – 9.80 yards per possible reception; Andre Johnson (Houston) – 1,114 yards – 114 possible receptions – 9.77 yards per possible reception; Lance Moore (New Orleans) – 822 yards – 85 possible receptions – 9.67 yards per possible recepiton; Roddy White (Atlanta) – 1,023 yards – 107 possible receptions – 9.56 yards per possible reception; Dez Bryant (Dallas) – 978 yards – 103 possible receptions – 9.50 yards per possible reception.

Hopefully, this list will tweak the way you rate your NFL receivers from now on.

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Pete Heley Outdoors 12/05/2012

Torrential rains over the last week have really dampened fishing and crabbing pressure at Winchester Bay. When the Umpqua River clears up somewhat, there will be some crabs in the Half Moon Bay area, but high river flows will most likely ensure that the best results will be during the period near high slack tide when the ocean water will make the lowermost river somewhat more clear and definitely more salty. In the meantime, crabbing at Charleston holds up well during the winter months due to the size of Coos Bay and the limited amount of freshwater entering it -ensuring winter salinity levels unmatched by any coastal river system.

As for the three lakes featuring coho salmon fisheries, it seems that Siltcoos has fallen off greatly – most likely due to the coho run entering the lake much earlier than in the other two lakes. A few fish are still being caught, but the coho fishing is not nearly as good as it was a month ago. Tahkenitch Lake has also dropped off, but not to the extent that Siltcoos has. Tenmile is probably offering the best coho fishing, but fair numbers of the fish are dark. Many of Tenmile’s cohos are caught by bass anglers using spinnerbaits or crankbaits, but this may change if Tenmile receives early fall rains over the next few years. In past years, the coho could not get into Tenmile Lakes until they were very dark and of little interest to anglers.

Some anglers have been either stillfishing or trolling in Tenmile’s deeper water, that more than 15 feet deep, and catching some nice rainbow trout. A few of these trout have tags and if an angler catches one, they should call contact Ringo’s Lakeside Marina at 541-759-3312 for a prize.  By the time you read this, a few winter steelhead should be available to be caught in Tenmile Creek below Spin Reel Park. On hatchery steelies are legal to keep, but Tenmile usually has fair numbers of clipped steelhead. Anglers should remember that almost every finclipped steelhead goes up Eel Creek, so the steelhead caught above where Eel Creek enters Tenmile Creek (near the Old Highway 101 Bridge) are almost always unclipped native steelhead. It would also be wise to remember that the coho salmon present in Tenmile Creek are not legal to keep until they get above the Hilltop Drive Bridge in Lakeside. Eel Creek does not open up for steelhead fishing until January 1st.

For those of you planning on traveling over the holidays, a northern pike weighing 32 pounds was recently taken in Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Lake, while in the last week, eastern Washington’s Eloika Lake has been giving up some very good catche of largemouth bass and Spokane’s Long Lake, while not giving up great numbers of bass, has been giving up some jumbo largemouths and smallmouths with an occasional northern pike. There have been very little reports out of eastern Oregon, but the John Day River has been very good for steelhead, the Klamath River below Keno Dam has been fishing well for large rainbow trout, Crescent Lake has been fishing well for mackinaw and the Crooked River below Bowman Dam and Prineville Reservoir has been furnishing good flyfishing for reband trout and whitefish. The Deschutes River downstream of Benham Falls to Lake Billy Chinook has been providing fair fishing for brown trout with some rainbows and whitefish also entering the catch and some of the browns can weigh all of ten pounds. One has to realize that resorts and many seasonal stores may be closed during the off season and plan accordingly.

Also of interest to serious trout anglers is the fact that there are usually some browns in the three to six pound class that hang out just below the footbridge over Link Creek at the upper end of Suttle Lake and don’t ascent the stream to actually spawn until around Christmas.

For those trout anglers that have been patiently waiting for brown trout in the Owyhee River to be legal to keep – don’t count on it happening anytime soon. Recent sampling efforts have revealed that while the river below Owyhee Reservoir has good numbers of brown trout measuring 16-inches or more, there are few browns measuring a foot or less. This means that brown trout spawning success in the stream has led to little recruitment of young fish into the brown trout population and that catch and release will remain in effect for the the near future.

Scheduled trout plants for our area are over for the year and should resume at a relatively light level in February. The waters that reveived the heaviest trout stockings along the Oregon coast were: Empire Lakes (50 acres, 43,800 trout); Cleawox Lake (82 acres, 18,850 trout) and Olalla Creek Reservoir (113 acres, 17,000 trout). One needs to rememeber that each of these lakes received some unannounced plants of larger trout over the year that are not included in these totals.

Oregon’s hunters and anglers should be aware that as of December 1st, they can purchase their hunting, fishing and shellfish licenses for 2013. Better yet, these licenses can be purchased as a gift with the recipient not being present. If the “gift” purchasor does not have a copy of an old license to scan, they need to know the name the intended recipient is in the system under and their correct birthdate. Both the Big Game and Angling regulations booklets are now available and hunters and anglers should take a quick look at the highlighted areas that indicate new regulations in effect for 2013.

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