Monthly Archives: August 2013

Banner Year For Potholes Channel Cats

Trolling with a small walleye spinner and crawler combination, Chris Herrera, was hoping for walleye and catching perch to 10 inches at the Mouth of Frenchmans Wasteway.  Chris hooked into a big fish, he knew it was a heavy fish because he played it for 22 minutes Chris Herrera fought this 22 pound channel cat for more than  20 minutes before seeing it.

Trolling with a small walleye spinner and crawler combination, Chris Herrera, was hoping for walleye and catching perch to 10 inches at the Mouth of Frenchmans Wasteway. Chris hooked into a big fish, he knew it was a heavy fish because he played it for 22 minutes Chris Herrera fought this 22 pound channel cat for more than 20 minutes before seeing it.

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More Umpqua River Chinooks

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Winchester Bay Salmon Fishing Shows Slight Drop Off, But Fishing Still Very, Very Good

Ocean chinook salmon fishing has declined slightly off Winchester Bay, but an improvement in the river fishing between Winchester Bay and slightly above Reedsport has pretty much off set the decline in ocean salmon fishing

9 days ago,heavy action couple miles North of North jetty,155 ft of water (photo provided by Bryan Gill of the Umpqua Angler

9 days ago,heavy action couple miles North of North jetty,155 ft of water (photo provided by Bryan Gill of the Umpqua Angler

The bite was on thats the limit with 12 nice salmon 7 days ago Ocean

The bite was on thats the limit with 12 nice salmon 7 days ago Ocean

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Pete Heley Outdoors

The big news this week, “fishingwise” is the annual salmon derby sporsored by the Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay STEP chapter which has held the derby Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend for the past 17 years. As usual, the entry tickets will cost $10.00 for an individual angler and $25.00 per boat.

There are a lot of things to like about this contest – which is fairly simple as fishing contests go. The heaviest salmon weighed in each day wins $150.00 and the heaviest salmon weighed in for the entire derby wins $500.00.00 – since the heaviest salmon for the derby will obviously be the heaviest salmon turned in on the day it was caught, the derby’s heaviest salmon will be worth $650.00 to the lucky angler who catches it.

There are of course, other for derby entrants to get paid. Anglers will be entered in a blind drawing each time they weigh in a salmon during the derby.  The two weigh stations are located at “The Landing Boat Ramp” near the Discovery Center in Reedsport and at the East Basin Boat Ramp near the Coast Guard Station in Winchester Bay There will also be a lucky ticket stub winner. The contest runs during legal fishing hours on Saturday and Sunday and  runs until until noon on Monday. (Labor Day).

Tickets can be purchased frm STEP members at each weigh station or from Turman Tackle and Ace Hardware (in Reedsport), the Stockade Market (in Winchester Bay). Altogether, a total of $ 1350.00 will be awarded during the three day derby. Most years and especially on Saturdays, there is a waiting line to purchase tickets. One thing that has been hammered home to me over the last several derbies is that no matter how big the salmon are running, it doesn’t seem to have any influence regarding the weight of the heaviest salmon taken during the derby.

Winchester Bay’s Crab Bounty Contest starts next week.  One thing that can be counted on is that $1,000.00 in cash will be awarded at the contest’s conclusion at the end of September – of course it remains to be seen whether one lucky crabber will win $1,000.00 or three different crabbers will win cash prizes of $500.00, $300.00 and $200.00.

Tagged crabs will have a numbered spinner blade tied to one of their rear legs and a total of 100 tagged crabs will be released close to one of the docks where crabbing is allowed. People lucky enough to catch a tagged crab, need to turn it into the Sportsman Cannery in Winchester Bay to receive  an immediate prize of a hat or a T-shirt and ensure their chance to win of the larger cash prizes.

The Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River is approaching its harvest quota and went to only fin-clipped hatchery chinooks as of last Friday. It seems that the Port of Astoria temporarily raising parking fees from $10.00 to $20.00 wasn’t much of a deterrant to Buoy 10 salmon anglers.

Although the ocean off of Winchester Bay remains the best salmon-catching option, the Umpqua River between Winchester Bay and Reedsport has shown definite improvement. While the Umpqua River is open for chinook salmon all year, ocean chinook in our region (Cape Falcon yo Humbug Mountain) is only open through October 15th.

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Rod Hofer, long time customer of MarDon Resort, caught this beautiful 5lb largemouth bass fishing off the dock using a DC-13 plug in Fire Tiger.

Rod Hofer, long time customer of MarDon Resort, caught this beautiful 5lb largemouth bass fishing off the dock using a DC-13 plug in Fire Tiger.

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Potholes Panfish Continue to Elate Anglers

Perch action is so HOT you can’t believe it unless you see if for yourself.   Family fishing is returning to Potholes Reservoir.  The MarDon Dock has been producing 25 fish perch limits for months now.  The crappie fishing has also been increasing as the summer continues.  The face of O’Sullivan Dam continues to provide excellent smallmouth bass actin using Yamamoto Plastic Grubs and top water lures.

Upcoming Events:

Come join the great excitement and extreme fun at our 6th Annual Beach Party & Lake Poker Run at MarDon Resort! The Lake Poker Run is not a race! Boaters have up to 5 hours to complete the course. Take your time and enjoy some great boating and island hopping.

Registration is from 6pm-9pm on Friday Night 8/23/2013 and from 9am-11am on 8/24/13 at The Beach Bar & Grill. Lake stops open at 11am and will close at 5pm. The final stop opens at 4pm on the sandy beach at MarDon Resort with music, food, dancing, and more. The deadline to arrive at Stop #5 is 6pm. Dinner is served at 6pm.

 

For more information on events or for a current fishing report please call (509) 346-2651 or visit www.mardonresort.com

Ian Skovajsc, of Spokane, shows a jumbo crappie caught trolling a Wedding Ring and a worm near the MarDon Shoreline.

Ian Skovajsc, of Spokane, shows a jumbo crappie caught trolling a Wedding Ring and a worm near the MarDon Shoreline.

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Miguel Cabrera’s Super Season

Very few major league baseball players manage to win the triple crown – even fewer follow such a season with an even better one.

But that is exactly what Miguel Cabrera, of the Detroit Tigers, is well on his way to doing. Here is how this season is better.

Through August 19th, Cabrera’s batting average was .359 or 29 percentage points higher than the .330 average he led the American League with in 2012.

His slugging average of .689 leads major league baseball and is well above the .606 slugging average he achieved last year.

Cabrera’s RBI total of 139 last year was most impressive, when he averaged an RBI for every  4.475 official plate appearances (622 AB’s). But so far this year, he’s doing even better. His 120 RBI’s in only 444 official at-bats works out to an RBI for every 3.7 official plate appearance – a huge improvement that could account for more than 40 RBI’s in a normal season.

As for Cabrera’s home runs this season, he will probably top last year’s total of 44, but last year he averaged a home run every 14.135 plate appearances – this year he has 40 homers in only 444 plate appearances – a homer every 11.1 at-bats

In virtually every way one can view Cabrera’s last two seasons, his MVP season suffers in the comparison. – So why has Cabrera’s incredible current season remained largely beneath the “radar”?

A major reason is that he missed about two weeks of this season because of abdominal muscle trauma. Another reason is the incredible early season home run hitting heroics of Baltimore’s Chris Davis. – who had hit 37 home runs by the All Star break.

Trailing Davis by five homers with less than six weeks left in the regular season means Cabrera is a longshot to win this year’s American League home run crown – but this writer believes Cabrera would have been at least “even money” without that nagging abdominal injury.

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Atlantic Halibut Get Big, Too!

A fisherman from Germany caught the fish of a lifetime, a world-record Atlantic halibut that was so big it wouldn’t fit into the boat.

Marco Liebenow was fishing with three friends in a 19-foot boat in Norwegian waters when he hooked what he thought was “a submarine,” according to a Friday report in the UK Daily Mail.

By halibut fishing standards, it was a submarine. The Atlantic halibut weighed 515 pounds, smashing the existing IGFA world record of 419 pounds caught in Norwegian waters in July 2004.

After a 90-minute battle, Liebenow managed to reel the fish to the surface. But once the fishermen saw how big it was, they realized the fish was too big to haul into the small boat. So they tied a rope around its tail.

“The flounder could be towed only with the greatest effort and with great sensitivity to the port,” fishing tour company Angelreisen Hamburg explained (via translation) on its Facebook page.

At the dock, the fish was hoisted out of the water by crane and weighed. After photos, Liebenow donated the fish to a local fish dealer, and then celebrated his catch with a few beers.

“[Marco] does not speak any English but has said it was a wonderful feeling to catch it and has called it a fish of a lifetime,” David Bottcher, Angelreisen Hamburg fishing tours spokesman who arranged the trip, told the Daily Mail. “Before he left for the trip, he called us first to ask for a few hints about how and where to fish—I guess our advice paid off.”

It did, in a big way.

The 9-foot fish, caught in waters off Kjollefjord last month, is awaiting IGFA world-record approval.fish-1111-

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Wildfire Closes Interstate 5 Several Miles South of Oregon/California Border

You can’t get into California via Interstate Five Thursday afternoon. The Oregon Department of Transportation says that a wildfire has totally shut down all lanes of the freeway about five miles across the border.  There is no estimate as to how long Interstate Five in that area will be closed.  Go to www.tripcheck.com for updates on the situation.

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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.

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