Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Joys of Microfisheries

Anybody who has discovered a minature, yet productive fishing spot will know exactly what this article is about. Any serious fisherman should have several of these special spots. My all-time favorite micro fishing spot was located in the BLM Campground at Loon Lake. fishing dock was connected to the beach by what was essentially nothing more than a wide plank. Every day during the summer, dozens of peopl would “walk the plank” – not bothering to fish until they were at the farthest end of the dock. The fish they caught were almost always bluegills measuring less than seven inches.Yet beneath the plank, in water barely a foot deep there always seemed to be a number of largemouth bass  measuring at least a foot in length and bluegills topping eight inches. I would usually fish this spot as I was approaching my car at the conclusion of my fishing trip.

The spot was so consistently productive that that I eventually started delaying my initial cast to the spot until I decided there were sufficient nearby witnesses.

At first. I thought that some of the people that took a few moments to admire my latest catch would start fishing the “spot”, but when I saw them later, they would be fishing the end of the dock – like everyone else.

the major problem with micro fishing spots is that it doesn’t take much to ruin them. My Loon Lake micro-spot was done in by an ambitious eagle scout  who through a rather impressive dock construction project made the ramp completely unnecessary. No matter how hard I try, the spot has never fished the same. Because of the iffy longevity of micro-fishing spots, anglers should take great pains in attempting to retain the memories these special spots produce.

One memory I don’t think I will ever lose happened on the Long Tom River below Fern Ridge Dam.

I had located a six foot square spot along  the West  shoreline about 80 yards below the dam and it seemed that every carp that I was able to present a fly to without spooking it, grabbed it. I parked on the east side of the Long Tom on a hot summer afternoon on which nearly a dozen anglers fishing the spot were either napping or sound asleep. However, I spotted a carp swimming downstream and it was headed toward my special spot. Throwing caution to the wind, I grabbed my flyrod and began boulder-hopping while frantically stripping out line.

I managed to avoid taking a header into the river – even though the rocks I was jumping on were six or seven feet apart and made what I can only describe as a perfect cast (there are several aspects of this story which I will  not be able to duplicate .

So the dry fly landed a foot ahead of the cruising carp and a second later the fish tilted up and inhaled the fly. At about four pounds, the carp was much larger than average for the carp I caught from the Long Tom while flyfishing- and everyone in the immediate area was instantly wide awake.

As someone who strongly believes in the “law of averages”, I’ve often wondered how I”paid” for that carp over the ensuing years? But of one thing I am sure. I will never forget my perfect cast.

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Back at Last!

After missing a month of work due to multiple strokes, it sure feels good to be back at work. Working at the Stockade Market is the most enjoyable job I’ve had and Liz Adamo and Nancy Hammond are wonderful to work for. The days I will be working are Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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Chinook Numbers Continue to Build in Umpqua River Below Reedsport

Tina Wagner of Florence holds up a 22# Umpqua River caught below Reedsport.chinook

Tina Wagner of Florence holds up a 22# Umpqua River caught below Reedsport.chinook

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Chinook Fishing is Getting Better in the Umpqua River and Should Continue to Improve.

The reason for the anticipated further improvement is that warm river tempertures  in the Umpqua River have created a thermal barrier that tends to keep the river’s salmon(almost 100% chinooks) from moving above Reedsport. The number of salmon holding below Reedsport should increase as salmon continue to enter the lower Umpqua River and water temperatures above Reedsport remain high.

Fishing at marker 19 produced this 32 pound salmon for jim kistner,This was are first river trip catching one and loosing 2

Fishing at marker 19 produced this 32 pound salmon for jim kistner,This was are first river trip catching one and loosing 2

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Jumbo Striper Netted by Salmon Gillnetter on Columbia River

CR-striperArtist’s version of Jason Lake’s 52 pound Columbia River striped Bass.

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Great Friends in a Time of Need

A lot has happened to me in the last four weeks – both good and bad. I had a couple of strokes which affected my vision(temporarily-I hope). Counter-balancing the downturn in my health was the reinforced realization that I have some really great friends and a wonderful boss(Liz Adamo), some great co-workers in Lucy and Kimberly and a surprising number of people that managed to convince me that they sincerely appreciated what I have been doing for the last several years.

Steve Lindsley, the editor of the Umpqua Post seemed happy when I suggested I was ready to restart my weekly fishing column and Liz has suggested several times that I test myself “workwise”, but I have been waiting for the arrival of my new prescription eyeglasses-which I should have by the time you read this.

I definitely need to thank the Deaver family, (Phyllis, Art, and Taylor) who have been wonderful neighbors to the Stockade Market(where I work and were especially helpful while I was recovering. Art proved himself to be a most capable advocate seeming, at, times able to read my mind-or at least be able to place himself exactly in my shoes as I blundered about.

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Potholes Reservoir Fishing Great Despite Hot Weather

Willie Walker caught this jumbo Potholes Reservoir crappie off the dock at Mardon Resort.

Willie Walker caught this jumbo Potholes Reservoir crappie off the dock at Mardon Resort.

The trout fishing on potholes reservoir is now, on July 19th, the best it has been in years. The quantity and size of this world class fishery, the guys with down riggers just let out about thirty feet of line in about fifty feet of water and troll from 1.5 to 3 mph, depending on lure selection. The guys with leaded line are going three to five colors down. The people fishing, trolling with weights, need three to four ounces depending on gear selection to get it deep enough. They are fishing needlefish in a variety of colors. Also, rapalla shad raps in sizes 5-7-8. The baby Hot Lips DC-13 have always been a great lure on potholes reservoir ever since the days of our retired guide Skip Davis. Skip created 8 new colors in the DC-13 while working as a guide @ Mardon Resort. We have been hearing reports of trout all over potholes reservoir. Lately the east end of O’Sullivan Dam where the potholes canal exit’s the reservoir has been producing good trout for  trollers.

The Mardon Fishing Dock continues to attract many friends of mardon that haven’t been at the resort for ten or twenty years, the attraction has been perch and crappie limit level fishing. Many of our diligent crappie fisherman are reporting there best action in ten years.

Bass anglers are having incredible early morning and late evening top water bass fishing. It’s no secret that a focus bass angler can  catch and release thirty to fifty smallmouth on the face of O’Sullivan Dam. (Many of these smallmouth are small fish.) The DFW biologist’s have asked us to ask all anglers to keep their limit of smallmouth bass because potholes reservoir is over populated with these minature fighters. The sandune bass anglers are using buzz baits and stick baits and many other surface lures to catch and release largemouth bass with great success this past week. Warm surface temperatures have moved the rainbow trout deep,but trout fishing remains very, very good.

Again this week walleye anglers report tough walleye days due to the explosion of the yellow perch population all over the reservoir. The more serious walleye anglers are learning that these bugle eyes feed aggressively each morning for sometimes less than one hour and the same condition exist at the end of the day.   Goose Island has been showing the best Walleye catching of any place on the reservoir this past week.

Hot water temperatures greatly increase the chances of a good channel catfish spawn and one can reasonably expect improved catfishing for the next several years.

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