Monthly Archives: April 2013

Lake Havasu’s Giant Sunfish

Although it doesn’t yet appear to be an official IGFA world record, the redear sunfish that Robert Lawler on May 2nd in 2012 while bass fishing on Lake Havasu dwarfed all others.

Robert Lawler, of Lake Havasu, Arizona, landed a huge 5-pound, 8.8-ounce, 16.75-inch redear sunfish on Lake Havasu. Lawler used a Texas-rigged 7-inch Power Worm to land the Texas-sized fish that featured a 19-inch girth. At 16.75 inches in length and weighing five pounds 8.8 ounces, it obliterated the former Arizona state record red ear caught in 2010 that weighed four pounds 2.24 ounces.

Since Lake Havasu is shared by California and Arizona, had Lawler turned the fish into California for state record certification, it would have topped the California state record of five pounds three ounces – taken from the Folsom South Canal in 1994.

More importantly, if certified, Lawler’s redear would best the current world record redear sunfish taken in 1998 from a diversion canal in South Carolina.

The makeup of Lake Havasu’s fish population has changed a lot over the years, but number of redears taken in recent years that weighed more than three pounds would indicate that current lake conditions favor outsized redears.

Robert Lawler with his giant Lake Havasu redear sunfish.

Robert Lawler with his giant Lake Havasu redear sunfish.

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Mingus Park Surprise

Joe Cook, who manages the area’s most complete tackleshop (The Bite’s On in Empire) had a major surprise when he took his grandson, Hunter, to fish for planted trout in Mingus Park.

Over the years, Mingus Park has produced a variety of fish species. First, there were some sizable golfish and koi with a very few bullhead catfish. More recently, the pond has produced some largemouth bass and bluegills.

But the fish that Hunter caught on their late February trip was a jack chinook salmon. In order to get into the pond, it had to have navigated a considerable distance through the pond’s underground outlet from where it enters Coos Bay.

Then it had to somewhow get through the grate where the water leaves the pond. And somehow it did all of those things.

And when Hunter hooked and landed the determined salmon, it became what is almost certainly the most unusual fish yet pulled out of the pond at Mingus Park.

Hunter with his Mingus Park catch.

Hunter with his Mingus Park catch.

 

 

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Umpqua Spring Chinook Fishery Picking Up

Although continued cold water has kept many of the bites tentative and many of the fish hooked are coming unstuck, the overall fishery is imrproving and a slight increase in river temperatures will almost certainly mean further improvement.

Early springer action at Elkton.  Parick Sullivan 87 years old caught this beautiful 23 lb. Chinook on Friday right at Elkton with the Umpqua Angler Guide Service.

Patrick Sullivan, at 87 years old, shows that he is more than up to handling one of the Umpqua River's feisty spring chinook. Sullivan landed the 23 pound springer while fishing with Bryan Gill of Umpqua Angler Guide Service (541-852-9889) in the Elkton area.

Patrick Sullivan, at 87 years old, shows that he is more than up to handling one of the Umpqua River’s feisty spring chinook. Sullivan landed the 23 pound springer while fishing with Bryan Gill of Umpqua Angler Guide Service (541-852-9889) in the Elkton area.

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Exxon Oil Spill At Mayflower, Arkansas

The photo below of the Exxon Oil Spill at Mayflower, Arkansas seems to be worse than the media would have you believe. Of course, that may be due to the local authorities not allowing the press access to view the actual damage from the spill.

I think I can safely say that this spill would have been handled much differently if it had occurred in Oregon or Washington – and that makes me proud to be an Oregonian (or a Washingtonian as I was born in Washington).

Historically, the oil companies have never paid the complete costs of their misdeeds.

One homeowner's view of Exxon Oil's Mayflower, Arkansas "accident".

One homeowner’s view of Exxon Oil’s Mayflower, Arkansas “accident”.

 

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