Pete Heley Outdoors 4/23/2014

For quite some time, there has been an ongoing disagreement between the Clamdigger’s Association of Oregon and several govermental agencies regarding the management and testing of shellfish from Oregon’s coastal waters and from Coos Bay in particular.

I consider Bill Lackner, the president and founder of association (CDA), to be one of the most knowledgeable people I know on subjects related the Oregon outdoors – especially when it comes to matters regarding Oregon’s shellfish. Ifeel that many of the CDA’s concerns are valid and so far, have not been addressed in any transparent sort of way by the agencies that should be addressing these concerns.

In fact, some of these agencies have treated the CDA, and Bill Lackner in particular, in a manner that has been blatently disrespectful – perhaps in the hope that Bill and the CDA will simply go away. Knowing how tenacious Bill can be, I’m convinced that the smart move would to address these concerns and either prove them to be over blown or in the caseb that they are valid, start taking measures to combat the problems.

The bass tournament held last weekend at Tenmile Lakes resulted in some impressive bass catches with the top five teams all weighing in catches of more than 20 pounds. Many of the anglers targeted largemouths that were on or near the spawning beds prior to actually spawning. This may be the last week when bass anglers will be able to target pre-spawn largemouths in eastern Douglas County waters. Anglers fishing near the Oregon coast may be able to target the pre-spawn largemouths for a few more weeks.

Many of the lakes in central Oregon open this Saturday (April 26th). Some of the more productive ones include Crane Prairie Reservoir, Wickiup Reservoir, Howard Prairie Reservoir and Hyatt Lake. Diamond Lake is open all year, but fishing should improve over the next several weeks as the water warms

Spring Chinook fishing upriver of Scottsburg has slowed way down and the the ocean salmon the commercial fisherman are targeting are pretty much unreachable by sport anglers with the recent rough ocean conditions.

However, Keldon Blair,, of Springfield, who I reported in a previos column as having caught four springers last season while flinging spinners from the bank at Half Moon Bay in Winchester Bay., hooked a couple of salmon last week while using the same technique. The one he landed was a bright 12 pounder.

There were some good catches of dungeness crabs made by boat crabbers at Half Moon Bay last week – including at least one boat limit. Dock crabbing remains relatively slow.

Trout plants this week included 6,000 legal rainbows evenly split between Middle and Lower Empire lakes.

The Florence area lakes that were stocked this week include: Alder (850 legal, 225 foot long and 36 16-inches); Buck (850 legal, 200 foot long and 36 16-inchers; Cleawox (350 foot long and 36 16-inchers); Dune (850 legal, 225 fooit long and 36 16-inchers); Elbow (600 foot long); Erhart (200 legal); Georgia (150 legal); Lost (500 foot long); Mercer (2,250 foot long); Munsel (3,150 foot long and 150 16-inchers); North Georgia (150 legal); Perkins (250 legal ans 200 foot long); Siltcoos Lagoon (850 legal, 350 foot long and 106 16-inchers); Siltcoos (1,000 foot long) and Sutton (1,500 foot long).

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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