Monthly Archives: September 2015

Pete Heley Outdoors 9 / 30 / 2015

As for the summer all-depth halibut fishery – there were 3,936 pounds landed last week. which leaves 8,043 pounds remaining on the all-depth quota (which includes 1,486 pounds rolled over from the spring all-depth fishery). The 1,056 pounds landed last week put the nearshore catch about 900 pounds over the summer allocation or quota.

Several fisheries agencies discussed the progress of these fisheries, the amount of quota remaining, and anticipated effort and harvest between now and the October 31st regulatory closure.  Based on that, 3,000 pounds (the amount left over from the spring all-depth plus ~1,500 pounds from the summer all-depth) will be transferred to the nearshore fishery.  That leaves 5,043 pounds for the summer all-depth and 2,100 pounds for the nearshore.  This quota shift should allow both fisheries to continue for a couple more weeks, and provide the best opportunity for the Central Coast allocation to be harvested.  Therefore, the nearshore fishery remains open and the all-depth season will be open October 2-3.  The following all-depth dates are October 16-17.

The Columbia River Subarea Nearshore Fishery closed by regulation at 11:59 pm on September 30 and the Southern Oregon Halibut Sub Area has 4,900 pounds remaining and will likely remain open until its regulatory closure on October 31st.

The nonselective season for ocean coho salmon closed on Wednesday, September 30th. The adjusted quota of 20,700 unclipped coho was nowhere close to being met. The nonselective coho season for the Umpqua River will continue through October 15th since there is no river quota this year. The limiting factor is the one unclipped coho salmon per day and two unclipped coho salmon per individual angler per season. Many anglers have already reached this limit which includes all the rivers with two unclipped coho season limits and are releasing their unclipped cohos while hoping to hook a Chinook salmon or finclipped coho.

After reaching the two fish limit for wild or unclipped cohos, an angler could travel to a river along the northern Oregon coast with a one unclipped coho season limit and keep one additional unclipped coho since the rivers with one unclipped coho season limits and the rivers with two unclipped coho season limits are considered independent of each other.

Also independent of the coastal rivers are the three coastal lakes with coho seasons that open to coho fishing on October 1st. Their season limits for any adult cohos taken from these three lakes (Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile) is five fish (only one adult coho per day), but any unclipped cohos taken from an Oregon coastal river and previously kept are considered part of that five salmon season limit for individual anglers.

Once an angler reaches his individual daily or season limits for unclipped cohos he can continue fishing while hoping to fill out his two salmon daily limit with a Chinook salmon or a finclipped coho salmon. Even though the daily limit for immature or jack salmon can be up to five fish per day, an angler is expected to quit fishing after keeping his daily limit of two adult salmon.

Exceptionally large vermillion rockfish were reported taken last week out of both Charlston and Newport and the deeper bottomfish spots out of both Winchester Bay and Florence will, once again, be legal to fish starting on Thursday, October 1st.

According to the Charlston ODFW office, it is not legal to purchase a one day fishing license(which includes a salmon/steelhead/halibut tag after purchasing the regular combined angling tag – which makes it even more important to not leave your fishing licenses and tags at home when visiting the Oregon coast.

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Potholes Reservoir / Mardon Resort Fishing Report

The 2015 MarDon Marathon Dock Tournament was a great event and a good time was had by all.  This event was the idea of our customers that do not fish out of a boat, but they love fishing!  Each year different species are caught in abundant numbers.  This year walleye and bass both had big showings.  The big largemouth bass weighed 4.22lbs and was caught by Derick Deeds.  Sean Deeds was credited with landing the heaviest brown bullhead at 14.88 pounds. But the fish was obviously mis-identified and most likely a channel catfish since Sean’s fish would have doubled the world record fora brown bullhead.

Jeff Eckhart weighed a 4.15lb small mouth bass.  The big walleye was 5.82lbs caught by Cody Watson.  Crappie were also well represented this year and the largest weighed 1.16lb and was caught by Greg Watson.

In the past two weeks I have helped 4 different dock fishers re-spool their reels after a huge unseen fish took all their line.  Now this could have been the MarDon Monster, or maybe it was the winning Channel Catfish caught that weighed 18.46lbs and was caught by Brandon Collee.  The runner up Channel Cat weighed 13.93lb and was caught by Kurtis Goss.

We want to congratulate all the winners and we hope to see you back next year!  And also a big thank you to our weigh marshall Dick Hemore.  Dick manned the scales from 6pm Friday thru 11am Sunday Morning.

Also, on Saturday Morning MarDon Resort played host for the Moses Lake Ducks Unlimited Green Wing Event.  Young waterfowl hunters from all over Washington came to learn about Sportsmanship, Conservation and even had some duck calling lessons.  Tom O’Dell, David Helms and Dick Price (and many other volunteers) do an amazing job organizing this event for the kiddos.  Don’t forget about this event next year, it’s a must do for a young waterfowl hunter.

Entrants of the 2015 Mardon marathon dock fishing tournament show off their catch.

Entrants of the 2015 Mardon marathon dock fishing tournament show off their catch.

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ODFW Lifts Fishing Restrictions On North Twin Lake

BEND, Ore. – Effective immediately, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has relaxed fishing restrictions at North Twin Lake (Deschutes County), which is scheduled to be chemically treated this fall to remove unwanted brown bullhead catfish.

The agency plans to treat North Twin Lake to remove the illegally-introduced brown bullhead in order to improve the rainbow trout fishery. Under the temporary regulations now in place, there are no daily bag or possession limits, no size limits and anglers may harvest fish by hand, dip net and angling.

The goal is to give people the opportunity to harvest these fish before they are removed, said Erik Moberly, ODFW fish biologist in Bend.

The temporary regulations will be in effect until 12:01 a.m., Oct. 19 when North Twin Lake will close to all fishing during chemical treatment. The lake will re-open on Jan. 1, 2016 and will be re-stocked with hatchery rainbow trout in the spring.

“The two-month closure gives us some flexibility in scheduling the treatments, and will keep the public from harvesting fish that may survive the treatment,” said Moberly. “While rotenone is not toxic to humans, we’d rather take a conservative approach in order to protect the public.”

The agency plans to begin the treatment of North Twin Lake to remove brown bullhead catfish on Oct. 26. According to Moberly, brown bullhead catfish compete with hatchery rainbow trout reducing the overall condition of rainbow trout in the lake.

The treatment of North Twin comes four years after the successful treatment of nearby South Twin Lake, where illegally introduced brown bullhead had also decimated the trout fishery.  Today trout fishing in South Twin has fully recovered.

“We have demonstrated that rotenone projects can improve trout fishing and increase angler satisfaction,” Moberly said.

Anglers and other members of the public who have questions or concerns about this project can contact Erik Moberly, ODFW fish biologist, at or at (541) 388-6145.

Rotenone is often used to remove undesirable fish species because it is an affordable and effective treatment with little threat of long-term environmental damage. Rotenone has been approved as a fish toxicant by the Environmental Protection Agency. At the concentrations used to kill fish, rotenone is not toxic to humans, other mammals or birds. It breaks down completely in the environment and will not be detectable within weeks of treatment.

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Pete Heley Outdoors 9 / 23 / 2015

The ODFW catch statistics for the current ocean coho season through September 13th indicated that 12 percent the adjusted quota of 20,700 cohos had been caught. The catch statistics are usually adjusted on the ODFW website on Tuesdays and include catches through the preceding weekend. The ocean catch will surely make a big jump when last week’s catches are figured in, since ocean conditions were mild and fishing pressure on the ocean was relatively high.

Lots of anglers are taking advantage the nonselective coho season for coastal rivers. On the Umpqua, the nonselective coho fishery runs from the ocean upriver to the Scottsburg Bridge but does not include Smith River.. On the Siuslaw that fishery runs fron the ocean upriver to, but not including Lake Creek. On the Coquille, the nonselective coho fishery runs from the ocean upriver to the Highway 42S  Bridge immediately upriver of Sturdivant Park. On the Coos River, the nonselective coho fishery runs from the ocean up to Dellwood and the Millicoma confluence.

None of these rivers have a quota this year, but the nonselective season ends on October 15th on the Umpqua and Siuslaw rivers and on November 30th on the Coos and Coquille rivers.

The coho salmon season for Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile lakes will start on October 1st. There will almost certainly not be any salmon in these lakes on that date. The possible exception would be Siltcoos Lake where rainfall or high tides may get returning salmon to the fish ladder on Siltcoos Dam which is located at the upper end of tidewater on Siltcoos River. Once they ascend the fish ladder it is an easy three mile journey to reach the lake.

Upon the start of the coho season on these coastal lakes, anglers with 2-rod fishing licenses will not be able to use them for the entire duration of the salmon season which ends on December 31st.

This is the time of year when bankbound salmon anglers have their greatest opportunity. Half Moon Bay, Osprey Point and Gardiner are all producing salmon for spinner flingers. Salmon are also starting to stack up below the bridge at the lower end of Winchester Creek. These fish are mostly finclipped Chinooks courtesy of our hard working local STEP chapter. A few of these salmon have been caught by spinner flingers and even one fly angler. But what quite a few Winchester Bay anglers are waiting for is when these salmon start biting sand shrimp and roe fished beneath bobbers – which should start happening by next week and by that time a lot of salmon anglers will have sore elbows and shoulders from many hours spent casting spinners in the lower Umpqua River.

Overlooked amidst the salmon hysteria is the October 1st opening for all-depth bottomfish. Possibly because it’s closed for six months every year, the offshore ridges southwest of Winchester Bay offer some of the finest lingcod angling along the entire Oregon coast.

Also very much overlooked is the improving fishing in most of our area lakes for largemouth bass and yellow perch as well as for smallmouth bass on the Umpqua and Coquille rivers.

There should be fair numbers of trout left in Lake Marie which received 1,800 trout about three weeks ago – 1,300 of which were 16-inchers.

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Opening of Oregon’s Razor Clam Season On Indefinite Delay

ASTORIA, Ore. – Razor clamming at Oregon’s popular and productive Clatsop County beaches will not open Oct. 1 as scheduled.

Razor clamming along the entire Oregon coast has been closed since May 14 due to elevated levels of domoic acid in the clams. The most recent test results released Friday, show levels too high for the season to open next Thursday, said Matt Hunter, ODFW shellfish biologist.

Hunter said Oregon beaches will re-open to razor clamming only after two consecutive samples show domoic acid is below the alert level. Exactly when that might happen is impossible to predict because the clams are very slow to eliminate the toxin.

“The only way for razor clams to reduce the level of domoic acid is through spawning or growth,” Hunter said. “We saw a big reduction in domoic acid levels after spawning in June, but we haven’t seen much growth in adult clams since then that would bring the levels down even more.”

While razor clamming will remain closed for the entire Oregon Coast, the harvest of bay clams and mussels is now open on all Oregon beaches. The harvest of Dungeness crab also remains open in Oregon. Harvesters can visit the ODA shellfish closures webpage for the latest closure information.

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Come join us for our Annual MarDon Marathon Dock Fishing Tournemnt. This tournament starts Friday, September 18th at 7pm. You must be registered by 6pm Friday Evening. To pre-register visit MarDon Resort .com and print off an application form or call (509) 346-2651. This is a great family event and once again you do not need a boat because this is a shore/dock fishing tourney.

Mason Meseberg out-fished his dad and uncle to land this beautiful walleye Wednesday Evening while trolling on Potholes Reservoir.

Mason Meseberg out-fished his dad and uncle to land this beautiful walleye Wednesday Evening while trolling on Potholes Reservoir.

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Pete Heley Outdoors 9 / 16 / 2015

The nonselective coho season for many of Oregon’s coastal rivers started Tuesday and while the Umpqua River does not have a quota this year and will be open through October 15th (barring an emergency closure) anglers are still subject to their individual daily and season limits for unclipped coho salmon of one and two salmon respectively. During last year’s season, many anglers reached their individual season quota for unclipped coho in the first two or three days of the season and could only keep Chinook salmon or finclipped coho salmon. Of course some of them discovered the “magic” of handwritten one day fishing licenses – which allows them to continue keeping unclipped coho salmon as long as they can afford to buy the daily licenses.

Because the Umpqua River does not have a quota this year, last year’s mass exodus to the Siuslaw when the Umpqua’s quota was reached is unlikely to reoccur. That said, the Siuslaw, Coquille and Coos rivers are starting to produce good salmon fishing. Being a much larger river, the Umpqua seems to start getting its salmon at least a month earlier than other area rivers. But any of the previously mentioned streams will be cable of producing good salmon fishing between now and late October.

Umpqua River anglers need to keep in mind that the nonselective coho season only extends upriver as far as the Scottsburg Bridge.

Fishing success for ocean coho has been inconsistent. Strong winds, along with rough bar and ocean conditions has limited the opportunities anglers have had to take advantage of the nonselective ocean coho season which started on September 4th.

Fair numbers of Chinook salmon are showing up at Sawyers Rapids. In a few weeks, coho salmon will start holding in the large shallow pool a few hundred yards below the Sawyers chute. Since this area is above the Scottsburg Bridge, the only coho salmon legal to keep are the finclipped ones.

Jack salmon are legal to keep in Oregon’s rivers, but not in the ocean. Jack salmon are sub-adult salmon at least 15-inches in length up to and including 20-inches for coho salmon and up to and including 24-inches for Chinooks. Coho jacks generally have to be finclipped to be legal to keep, but last year anglers were allowed to keep one unclipped jack coho during the coastal rivers’ nonselective coho season. The daily limit on jack salmon is five, but anglers are expected to quit fishing as soon as they retain their daily limit of two adult salmon.

Most of the area lakes are offering improving largemouth bass fishing while smallmouth fishing on the Umpqua remains very good. As for the Coquille River smallmouth fishing, the lower reaches of the South Fork seems to be the most productive for decent-sized smallies. The Coquille continues to offer Oregon’s best fishing for striped bass for anglers fishing at dawn, dusk or at night. Most of the fish caught have been sub-adults measuring less than 24-inches in length.

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Reward Offered for Return of Satellite Tags from Federally Protected Green Sturgeon

State and federal fisheries officials are asking for public assistance and offering a $20 reward for the return of each satellite tag from green sturgeon. The satellite tags, which are programmed to release from the fish after a predetermined time, are most likely to be found along the open ocean coastal portions of San Francisco and San Mateo counties, and the shores and waters of San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, Suisun Bay and the Delta.

Biologists use the tags to gather information on the Southern Distinct Population Segment of green sturgeon, a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The tag rewards are being offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in collaboration with the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program, UC Davis and central California commercial halibut trawl fishermen.

If you see a live fish with a tag attached, do not remove the tag from the fish. Instead, note the tag number and call or email the point of contact printed on the tag. If you find a detached tag, please pick it up for return and contact Kristine Lesyna , CDFW Marine Region, (650) 631-6742, or Ethan Mora, NOAA Fisheries, (831) 420-3663.

More information about the tagging study can be found on the NOAA Fisheries Green Sturgeon Bycatch Project webpage.

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New Requirement Rule At Bonneville Pool And Two Tributaries

Action: Anglers must release all fish not hooked inside the mouth when the anti-snagging rule is in effect.

Species affected: All species

Effective dates:

Bonneville Pool – Sept. 12 through Oct.15.
White Salmon River and Drano Lake – Sept. 12 through Dec. 31.

Mainstem Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam.
White Salmon River from the mouth upstream to the county road bridge below the former location of the powerhouse.
Drano Lake upstream of the Highway 14 Bridge to markers below the Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery.
Other information: Anti-snagging rules are in effect in the Dalles Pool through Oct. 15, and on the White Salmon River and Drano Lake through Dec. 31. The anti-snagging rule is described on page 10 of the 2015-16 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Reason for action: Anti-snagging rules in conjunction with the requirement that all fish must be hooked inside the mouth has been used successfully to reduce snagging on several Southwest Washington streams. Enforcement officers have asked that this regulation be applied to these areas above Bonneville Dam.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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Mardon Resort / Potholes Reservoir Fishing Report

As heat returns to the Reservoir our bass, crappie and blugil bite improves. Walleye fishing is really on right now. Trollers are using spinners and night crawlers and continue to catch a mixed bag of walleye, trout, bass, crappie, perch, bluegill, yellow bullheads and channel catfish. Bass action continues to be good and will only improve with 85 degree temperatures.

Royal Hunt Club is a great do it yourself hunting option in our area. You may purchase a pass for dove hunting for $100 or purchase the regular pheasant, duck and goose season pass for $300. Our Royal Hunt Club President Sam Worsham has spearheaded a pheasant release program for the Hunt Club this year. 2000 pheasants are being raised in the Royal 4H Center to be released on the Royal Hunt Club land during pheasant season. There is no extra charge for the released pheasants and the release sites are marked on the map. No guides are allowed to participate in the Royal Hunt Club, this is open to the public other than that. For more information please call (509) 346-2651.


Upcoming Events at MarDon Resort:

September 5, 2015

Don’t miss our annual Yard Sale Saturday, September 5th from 9am to 1pm. Due to some over purchases this year we are offering an indoor/outdoor yard sale and everything outside is 50% and almost everything inside is 40% off!! Including all tackle!! All sales are final. This is a great opportunity to stock up on some tackle at our cost price! The sale will be located inside the MarDon Store and in the parking lot of the store as well.

September 18-20, 2015

Dock Fishing Tournament and Pie Social

This is a really fun weekend fishing event. The cost is $40 per person and it is a dock fishing tournament that starts Friday evening and does not end until 11am on Sunday. We pay out for 9 different species of fish for the top two weights and end the weekend with an awards ceremony and potluck style meal at noon

Lynda Shapira's grandkids had a great day while fishing at Potholes

Lynda Shapira’s grandkids had a great day while fishing at Potholes

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