Monthly Archives: February 2013

Big Striped Surfperch Taken At Winchester Bay’s South Jetty

Further proof that the South Jetty/Triangle area at Winchester Bay gives up some, if not all, of the largest striped surfperch in existance was the two pound two ounce lunker caught  last Sunday (2/10/2013) by Ruth Ankena of Junction City, Oregon.

While a two pound fish might not sound like much – and since Oregon does not keep official records for most of its fish species – we can look north to the state of Washington for a comparison that should add more meaning to Ankena’s recent catch.

Washington’s state record striped surfperch weighed two pounds one ounce – and it was caught 33 years ago.

While Ruth Ankena’s catch is certainly impressive, the Winchester Bay’s South Jetty/Triangle area has produced even larger striped surfperch in the last few years. A three pound perch was taken a few years ago and Mike Shubin, of Winchester Bay, caught a striped surfperch of about three and a half pounds that same year. Shubin’s fish was caught immediately prior to the spawn and contained about three times the fully formed baby perch that a normal-sized perch would have.

Ruth used sand shrimp to catch her jumbo perch and caught other good-sized striped surfperch that same day – but they didn’t look good-sized when compared to her lunker.

If the last few years are any indication, Ruth left a few jumbo-sized perch for other anglers to catch and between now and late April, they should be at, or close, to their maximum weight.

WEB-Big Perch

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New Striped Bass Guide-Umpqua River System

Bryan Gill has been fishing the Umpqua River system for more than 35 years and now offers guided fishing trips for winter steelhead, coho salmon, spring and fall chinook salmon and sturgeon.

Bryan also offers striped bass trips and some of the system’s best striped bass fishing will be occuring during the next few months.

For more information, Bryan can be reached at: Bryan Gill, P.O. Box 988, Drain, Oregon 97435. His phone number is: 541-852-9889. His website is:

GGG-Web Brochure


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Superbowl Trivia Quiz

1 – Which NFL team has not lost any of its multiple Superbowl games?
2 – Which NFL player has gone the most years between Superbowl wins?
3 – Which NFL team has won the most Superbowl games?
4 – Which NFL player has thrown the most touchdown passes in a single Superbowl?
5 – Which NFL team has lost the most Superbowls?
6 – Name the first defensive player to be voted Most Valuable Player in a Superbowl?
7 – Which AFC team was the first to win a Superbowl?
8 – Which team won the first two Superbowls?
9 – Name the first two teams to lose the Superbowl?
10-Which team, by winning the Superbowl, completed an undefeated season?
11-Which team scored the most points in a Superbowl?
12-Which team, in their multiple Superbowl appearances scored the same number of points?

1-Baltimore Ravens; 2-Ray Lewis 2001(Ravens 34 Giants 7) and 2013(Ravens 34 49ers 31); 3-Pittsburgh 6 (1975,1976,1979,1980,2006 and 2009); 4-Steve Young (6) for San Francisco in 1995; 5-4 Minnesota (1970, 1974, 1975 and 1977) and and Buffalo (1991,1992,1993 and 1994); 6-Chuck Howley, a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys in Superbowl V (even though his team lost 16 to 13 to the Baltimore Colts); 7-New York Jets in 1969; 8-Green Bay Packers in 1967 and 1968; 9-Kansas City Chiefs (1967) and the Oakland Raiders (1968); 10-Miami Dolphins in 1973; 11-San Francisco 49ers 55-10 over Denver in 1990; 12-Baltimore Ravens with 34 points against the Giants in 2001 and 34 points against the 49ers in 2013.

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Pete Heley Outdoors 2/06/2013

Thanks to the South Umpqua River, the entire mainstem Umpqua was much more turbid than it has been and crabbing suffered. At some point, the water should clear and crabbing should show some improvement.

Now that a number of spring chinook have been caught in the lower Columbia and Willamette rivers, interest should begin perking regarding the Umpqua and Rogue spring chinook fisheries. Over the last couple of seasons, past experience has not been all that accurate in figuring out the timing of present day fish runs – but here goes. In 2011, the last year for which spring chinook info is available, the Umpqua springer catch was, as near as I could figure from the statistics available on the ODFW website, was 6,797 fish (4,846 mainstem Umpqua, 666 North Fork Umpqua below Winchester Day, 1,230 North Fork above Winchester Dam and below Rock Creek, 27 for the “fly only” area of the North Umpqua between Rock Creek and the closure below Soda Springs Dam and 28 taken on the South Umpqua).

A total of 5,141 spring chinook were taken on the Rogue (395 below Elephant Rock, 1,618 between Elephant Rock and Grave Creek, 589 between Grave Creek and Gold Ray Dam and 2,545 taken above Gold Ray Dam).

Probably of more relevance is when the springers were caught. Seventy one were caught on the mainstem Umpqua in March, 1,146 in April and 1,772 in May. Five springers were caught in the South Umpqua in March and nine in May. The North Umpqua below Winchester Dam produced 9 springers in April and 346 in May and above Winchester Dam, 10 springers were reported taken in April and 223 in May.

As for the Rogue, five sping chinook were reported taken in February between Elephant Rock and Grave Creek, 90 were reported taken in March. and  725 were reported caught in May. Below Elephant Rock, 189 springers were taken in April and 118 in May. Between Grave Creek and Gold Ray Dam, 33 springers were reported taken in April and 194 in May, while the stretch above Gold Ray Dam produced 14 springers in March, 24 in April and 691 in May.

Spring chinook anglers should remember that the timing of heavy rainfall and muddy water sometimes has more to do with the number of springers caught as does the size of the run. As for incidental spring chinook caught in our area in 2011, Yaquina River and Bay gave up 15, Siuslaw River and Bay gave up 170, Coquille River and Bay gave up 5, Coos River and Bay gave up 134 and the Alsea River and Bay gave up 27 – which means that there are very small runs of springers in these systems or that a lot of spring chinook screw up when searching for their home waters.

Fishing off the South Jetty and in the Triangle at Winchester Bay this last week was productive with striped surfperch, greenling, blue and black rockfish and lingcod all entering the catch. Sand shrimp has been in short supply, but those who managed to find some did very well on the perch and greenling A few people are starting to fish area beaches for redtailed surfperch with the best fishing occuring in tamer surf and wind conditions on the last half of the incoming tides.

There are lots of steelhead in Eel Creek, but they are not biting all that well. One angler reported counting 49 steelhead in a short stretch of stream near Eel Lake, but could not entice a single take. There are plenty of steelhead in almost every area stream, but fishing conditions vary. Try to get your fishing info locally and as close (timewise) to when you are actually going to fish as possible.

Some very large steelhead, weighing between 20 and 25 pounds have been reported on the South Umpqua, but reports of an even larger finclipped steelhead taken recently on the North Umpqua has resurrected attention to a practice where anglers have been clipping the adipose fin of previously unclipped steelhead and then releasing them in the hopes that they, their friends or somebody else catches the fish later that year or in later years after it has a healed, clipped adipose fin. The practice is strictly illegal and the ODFW and enforcement personnel have a very difficult time proving such behavior has occurred, but most likely the biggest reason that the practice is not an even larger problem is that the basic selfishness of some anglers keeps them from engaging in behavior that does not directly benefit them in the short term. At any rate, mutilating fish prior to release is illegal and may result in some even more draconian fishing restrictions in the future. If an angler needs to keep steelhead, they need to fish where there are good numbers of keepable steelhead.

Some of these recent warmer afternoons should allow for some largemouth action in shallow ponds or sections of lakes. If a bass angler wants to make a day of it, try choosing a day with an overcast morning since the morning temperatures should be somewhat higher than on a clear, cold morning. While almost nobody targets crappie on the coast, the Eugene area lakes should start giving up some sizable crappie to anglers determined enough to give a good effort in pursuing them. Yellow perch fishing continues to be productive in water less than 12 feet deep in our local lakes and should continue to be productive for the next several weeks. Fish deeper for the perch when targeting clearwater lakes such as Woahink Lake.

Trout plants should be starting anytime, but since the yearly stocking schedule has not yet been added (in its entirety) to the ODFW website, check the regional listings to learn about any plants prior to the schedule being posted. The northwest region stocking report is out and the Florence-area lakes that are scheduled to be stocked next week are: Alder, Buck, Carter, Cleawox, Dune, Elbow, Erhart, Georgia, Lost, Munsel, North Georgia, Perkins and Siltcoos Lagoon. Most waters will receive both barely legal and 16-inch (trophy) rainbows.

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