Pete Heley Outdoors 8/14/2013

Rhonda Potter won this year’s cardboard boat race at Tenmile Lakes and she did it the hard way. Refusing to use the boat her husband , Ron, used to win virtually every cardboard boat race he ever entered. Instead, Rhonda built her own cardboard boat from scratch and then relied on some of her co-workers at Price and Pride for her crew to win this year’s race. Congratulations, to Rhonda and the Price and Pride team that sponsored her.

Excellent halibut fishing allowed anglers to catch the remaining Pacific halibut quota, ending the central coast halibut fishing season.

Fishery managers determined this week that the quota was reached for the area between Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford.  It is the most popular halibut fishery among Oregonians.

“Good weather and a hot bite made halibut fishing in the central coast area excellent all year,” said Lynn Mattes, ODFW’s project leader for halibut. “Calm seas on the summer all-depth days provided anglers with the opportunity to fish, and many people got their halibut.”

Anglers may still fish for Pacific halibut in the Columbia River Area or south of Humbug Mountain.

The Columbia River fishery (from Leadbetter Point, Wash., to Cape Falcon, Ore.) is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Sept. 30, or until the combined spring and summer quota of 11,895 pounds is harvested, whichever comes first.

South of Humbug Mountain the season is open seven days a week through Oct. 31

Fishing in general should show gradual improvement as water temperatures drop. As this is ocurring, the salmon bite below Reedsport should improve – unil Umpqua River temperatures above Reedsport drop enough to spur an upriver migration that, when it happens, will occur quickly. Anglers casting spinners from shore at Half Moon Bay and Osprey Point are starting to enjoy more consistent success, but there seems to be fewer spinner flingers than in recent years. That will most likely change as a number of sizable chinooks were caught last weekend – including several chinook in the 30 pound class and things  look like  they are going to get even better.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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