Monthly Archives: December 2013

California Outdoor News – New Tagging Requirements for California Sturgeon Anglers

California sturgeon anglers will see a small change to sturgeon tags issued beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Sturgeon anglers have been required to tag all retained legal sized sturgeon for many years. In the past, the date, location and length of the fish caught were recorded on each tag. Now, in addition to legibly and permanently writing the date, time, location and length, the new tags require the angler to physically punch out the date and month printed on each tag.

The bag limit for sturgeon remains at one per day and up to three sturgeon per year. Failure to attach a properly filled out tag to a retained sturgeon is a misdemeanor violation.  The California Fish and Game Commission passed the regulation change on Oct. 2, 2013. Changes were approved by the Office of Administrative Law then filed with the Secretary of State on Dec. 23, 2013

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ODFW News – Waterfowl hunting at Flight’s End property on Sauvie Island opens Jan. 1, 2014

Waterfowl hunters will have a new area to hunt as of Jan. 1, 2014, when the 100-acre former duck hunting club Flight’s End on Sauvie Island opens to hunting.

ODFW acquired the property in September 2013 through the ODFW Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program and it became part of the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. The acquisition was funded by the Bonneville Power Administration as part of its agreement to settle federal wildlife habitat mitigation obligations in the Willamette Valley.

Flight’s End will be managed through Sauvie Island’s Westside Hunt Area. Three groups of hunters (maximum party size four) will be allowed in to hunt at one time. The area will be a “roam unit” with no designated shooting areas or blinds.

Flight’s End is 1.5 miles from a parking area and accessible by foot, but the easiest access is by boat via the Gilbert River Boat Ramp and Crane Slough off the Multnomah Channel.

Only those with a valid daily hunting permit may enter Flight’s End or other Westside hunting units until April 14. But wildlife viewers, hikers and others are welcome from April 16 through Sept. 30 every year.

The Flight’s End property also offers important conservation benefits for fish and wildlife, and a management and restoration planning is currently underway for the property. Partners in the restoration will include the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ODFW and others.

The property is bordered by Multnomah Channel to the west, which is a priority habitat for restoration of ESA-listed salmonid species chinook and coho salmon and steelhead. Crane Slough, bordering Flight’s End eastside, provides important habitat for birds including bald eagles, great blue herons, great egrets and osprey. Oregon Conservation Strategy priority species including the Northern red-legged frog and willow flycatcher are also found on Flights End.

“Flight’s End’s location allowed ODFW to easily incorporate the site into Sauvie Island Wildlife Area for efficient long-term management and conservation of fish and wildlife,” said Mark Nebeker, Wildlife Area manager.

For more information on the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program, visit ODFW’s website, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/willamette_wmp/index.asp

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My First Pioneer License

Almost as an after thought, I decided to visit Charleston and get the paperwork started for my pioneer license for which I became eligible this year. The pioneer license is a free combination hunting/fishing license available to outdoor receationists who are at least 65 years of age and currently reside in Oregon and have resided in Oregon for 50 or more years.

I thought I would be waiting for weeks, if not months, to actually receive the license, but very surprised to have the license handed to me less than 15 minutes after I first asked for it.
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When, out of curiosity, I looked myself up on the ODFW licensing machine where I work (at the Stockade Market in Winchester Bay), I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I had also received a free Columbia River Endorsement – a bonus that saved me at least $9.75. Since the pioneer license is a combination license covering both fishing and hunting, I also got a free parking pass that will save me the $7.00 parking fee when visiting an increasing number wildlife refuges and management areas around Oregon. The parking permit is free to people who obtain hunting licenses, but costs others, including fishermen, $7.00 per year.

All in all, it seems that growing old in Oregon is not so bad.

I was very happy to hear that some of our local commercial crabbers made some good catches to start out the commercial season. The early reports out of Brookings, last year’s top Oregon crabbing port, were very disappointing.

Hunters are required to report on every deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased. Hunters who fail to report their 2013 deer and elk tags by the deadline (Jan. 31, 2014 for most hunts) will have to pay a $25 penalty fee to purchase a 2015 hunting license. Report online or call 1-866-947-ODFW (6339).

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ODFW News – More Info On Columbia River Endorsement

At its October 2013 meeting the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission established a Columbia River Basin Endorsement required to be paid by anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in rivers and tributaries draining into the Columbia River. Provided below are details of the endorsement and the proposed costs.

Required for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon fishing on all rivers and tributaries in the Columbia River Basin.
Cost is $9.75 for an annual endorsement or $1 per day for a daily licenses.
The endorsement helps fund the transition of non-tribal commercial gill nets out of the mainstem Columbia River into enhanced off-channel areas, freeing up additional salmon and steelhead for sport fishing.
No angler dollars are planned for commercial buyouts, purchase of alternative gear, or other reimbursements to commercial fishermen.

When, where and how much

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, all anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon (catch-and-release and retention) in the Columbia River Basin will be required to purchase a Columbia River Basin endorsement.

The endorsement will be in addition to a fishing license and Combined Angling Tag. The cost is $9.75 a year when purchased with an annual fishing license, or $9.75 plus a $2 agent fee when purchased separately. The cost is $1 per day for daily fishing licenses.

The endorsement is required on all rivers and tributaries in Oregon that ultimately empty into the Columbia River. This includes:

Columbia and Snake rivers,
All rivers and tributaries in the Willamette, Central and Northeast zones (as described in the Oregon Sportfishing Regulations booklet), and
Those rivers in the northern section of the Northwest Zone that drain into the Columbia River.
See map and list of some the major rivers and tributaries below.

The endorsement may be purchased wherever fishing licenses are sold, including ODFW offices that sell licenses, authorized license dealers and on the ODFW website. It will go on sale beginning Dec. 1, 2013.
Anglers with a resident disabled veteran, resident pioneer, and resident and non-resident youth under 14 licenses will be issued a free endorsement upon request. They will need an endorsement to fish for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River Basin.

Reason for endorsement

The endorsement helps fund the transition of non-tribal commercial gill nets out of the mainstem Columbia River, freeing up additional salmon and steelhead for sport fishing. This is part of a package of Columbia River fish management and reform actions adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and their Washington counterparts. The package includes a higher priority for sport fishing in the mainstem Columbia River, improved commercial fishing with gill nets in off-channel areas of the lower Columbia River, use of alternative commercial fishing gears and techniques in the mainstem lower Columbia River, and improved fish conservation by better targeting of hatchery runs.

The endorsement is a key part of Senate Bill 830, which was passed by the Oregon Legislature and signed into law in 2013 with the support of several sport fishing organizations.

SB 830 deposits money from the endorsement in a Columbia River Fisheries Enhancement Fund to help enhance fisheries, optimize the economic benefits of fisheries and advance native fish conservation.

SB 830 also created a separate Columbia River Fisheries Transition Fund to provide financial assistance to individual commercial fishermen affected by the new law – including the potential purchase of alternative gear. This fund received state general funds

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q-What if I’m just fishing catch-and-release, especially when sturgeon retention is not allowed?

A-    If you’re fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon within the Columbia River Basin – catch-and-release or retention – the endorsement is required.

Q-Do I have to buy an endorsement at the same time I buy my fishing license?

A-    The endorsement can be purchased separately at any time during the year. However, there will be an additional $2 transaction fee for endorsements sold separately.

Q-Do I need an endorsement for every hatchery tag I buy?

A –    No. An annual endorsement covers a year of fishing, regardless of the number of hatchery tags.

Q-What about salmon or steelhead seasons that open later in the year under emergency regulations?

A-    If the river is in the Columbia River Basin and you are fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon, you will need the endorsement regardless of when or how the season was set.

Q-Is the endorsement permanent?

Under SB 830, the Columbia River Fisheries Enhancement Fund, along with the endorsement, is set to expire in 2021.

Q-What is meant by the Columbia River Basin?

A-    The Columbia River Basin includes all rivers and tributaries that drain into the Columbia River, including the Snake River and its tributaries.  It does not include coastal rivers or some rivers in central and southern Oregon.

Q-How much money will the endorsement raise?

A-ODFW estimates sales of the endorsement (annual and daily combined) will be about $1 million a year.

Q-Does this take into account the number of anglers who may just stop fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon rather than pay the additional fee?

A-Yes. Our economic analysis does predict some anglers will decide not to fish for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia Basin – either because they stop fishing for these fish or because they choose to fish in places that do not require the endorsement.

Q-How will the changes on the lower Columbia River benefit salmon, steelhead and sturgeon anglers fishing in mainstem and tributary areas above Bonneville Dam and Willamette Falls?

A-The endorsement is part of a larger suite of management changes that was negotiated in order to remove commercial gillnets from the lower river. Once the harvest reforms are completed we expect there will be benefits to:

1) Wild fish: Removal of less selective gillnets will allow mainstem fisheries to target more hatchery fish and thus reduce the number of hatchery fish on wild fish spawning grounds.

2) Anglers above Bonneville Dam and Willamette Falls: Providing a higher priority to sport fishing in the mainstem Columbia River will free up more fish for sport anglers, including sport fisheries above Bonneville Dam and Willamette Falls.

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Umpqua River Steelhead Fishing Heating Up

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Fishing is heating up at elkton,some of the fish are finally leaving Sawyer rapids and moving up river. Gregg and family enjoyed a day on the Umpqua river with the Umpqua angler catching four and losing a couple,Give us a call for discount prices for the holidays – Bryan Gill of The Umpqua Angler

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Sacramento Family Faces Felony Charges After Arrest For Selling Sport Caught Fish

packaged-fish-for-saleCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers arrested a Sacramento family of three early Saturday morning for illegally selling sport-caught fish from the Delta.

Luan Van Dao, 51, his wife Mung Thi Bui, 49, and their son Tuan Anh Dao, 29 were arrested by CDFW officers after more than a month of watching the family fish daily in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and hide their fish in a hidden compartment aboard their boat. The suspects also appeared to have an established network of buyers to whom they would sell fish on a regular basis. In California, commercial fishermen are permitted to sell their catch directly to restaurants, but private or sport-fishing catch is illegal to resell.

Luan Van Dao and Mung Thi Bui were convicted of poaching fish in 2006. During the current investigation Tuan Anh Dao was cited for possession of an oversized sturgeon on Nov. 16.

“Convicted poachers who continue to sell California’s fish and wildlife for personal profit are a wildlife officer’s highest priority,” said CDFW Law Enforcement Division Captain Rudy Arruda. “These poachers are taking away from the legal and legitimate anglers.”

All three suspects face charges of felony conspiracy and illegal sale of sport-caught fish. If convicted the suspects could face jail time, significant fines, loss of their fishing licenses and other penalties. ­

Charges will be filed with the Yolo County District Attorney when the investigation is complete.

Media Advisory: Photos and video can be downloaded at ftp://ftp.dfg.ca.gov/OCEO/ 

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Washington Waterfowl Opportunities Somewhat Dependent Upon Weather

All we need is some wind rain and snow and field hunting for geese will improve for all skill levels of field hunters.  The many waterfowl refuges in Central Washington are holding big numbers  of ducks and geese but without weather birds are inconsistent  where and when they fly.  Duck and goose hunting ends the last Sunday in January of 2014.  Potholes Reservoir has some open water but the Sand Dune area and most of the Lind Coulee Arm are encroached upon by ice.  All we need is a Chinook-wind to blow out the ice and that would result in an excellent January for hunting ducks.

 

Don’t forget we have free dock fishing every Friday until Spring-time.  You still have to come into the store and get your free dock pass and car pass and you can fish until dark every Friday evening.  The dock is still showing some nice Crappie, Perch, Bluegill, Trout and Bass and a few walleye are being reported.

Please call the MarDon Store for more information (509) 346-2651.

More waterfowl from Potholes Reservoir

More waterfowl from Potholes Reservoir

Although the walleye fishing is slowing down, big walleyes still being turned in at Mardon Resort.

Although the walleye fishing is slowing down, big walleyes still being turned in at Mardon Resort.

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Commercial Crab Season Off To A Very Slow Start

According to an article in the Brookings Curry Coastal Pilot, some commercial crabbers are saying that this season had the slowest start they have seen in 30 years.

Last year, Brookings led all Oregon ports with more than five million pounds of dungeness crabs landed. Some crabbers reported that their catches for the first few days of the season were only a tenth of what they were last year.

Reports from other Oregon crabbing ports will be forth coming and may be somewhat more encouraging, but so far, it appears that the only thing that is going to take some of the sting out of this commercial crabbing season is the same thing that is going to “sting” Oregon consumers – and that is higher crab prices – both wholesale and retail for dungeness crab.

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Special Boatload Prices For Steelhead Trips On John Day River

Both hatchery and native steelhead are present and anglers are encouraged to keep all finclipped steelhead.

Both hatchery and native steelhead are present and anglers are encouraged to keep all finclipped steelhead.

 

STEELHEAD FISHING FOR NATIVE FISH

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

 

  • SEE ARTICLE BY DAVE VEDDER IN TROUT, SALMON, STEELHEADER  MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2013
  • EXPERIENCED JOHN DAY RIVER GUIDES
  • WE ARE LICENSED, BONDED, INSURED, AND REGISTERED WITH THE BLM TO DO TRIPS ON THE JOHN DAY RIVER
  • QUALITY RODS, REELS, AND FISH CATCHING TACKLE
  • NO FLY FISHING, CONTACT BISCHOF’S AT 541-977-2796
  • MOST TRIPS ARE TAKEN IN CLACKACRAFT 18’ MAX DELUXE DRIFT BOATS WITH HEATERS
  • 8 HOURS ON THE WATER, AND YOU CAN FISH FROM THE BOAT WHILE YOU FLOAT  ON THE JOHN DAY RIVER
  • PROVIDE WATER, COFFEE, ICED COOLERS FOR THE DRINKS AND SANDWICHES YOU BRING
  • WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KEEP A LIMIT OF HATCHERY STEELHEAD, AND TAKE THEM HOME
  • YOU MUST HAVE A VALID OREGON STEELHEAD TAG
  • EARLY TRIPS ONLY 2 HOURS FROM PORTLAND
  • FEBRUARY 10th – MARCH 17TH, 2014, TRIPS WILL BE IN THE SPRAY AREA
  • OCTOBER 13TH – NOVEMBER 22ND, 2014, TRIPS WILL BE IN THE COTTONWOOD BRIDGE AREA

 

ALL OF THIS FOR THE UNBELIEVABLE LOW PRICE OF

 

$375 PER BOAT

(One two, or three fishermen for $375 total)

 

Steve and Linda Fleming’s

MAH-HAH OUTFITTERS

P.O. BOX 428  FOSSIL, OREGON 97830

(CELL) 971-533-5733       e-mail:  moc.oohaynull@yddubnissab.ohm

Website:  www.johndayriverfishing.com

Some other trip bonuses:

(1) -Some of Oregon’s most colorful natural scenery

(2) – A chance at Scouting Out Fishing Spots for a later smallmouith bass trip

Heartily endorsed by peteheley.com

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Washington Outdoor News – Razor Clam Digs Tentatively Set Through February 2013

Razor clam digs tentatively set through February of new year

OLYMPIA – For those with time to plan beyond the winter holidays, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled a new series of evening razor clam digs through February.

Under that plan, various ocean beaches will be open for 13 days in January and five days in February if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

WDFW will announce final word on those digs about a week before they are scheduled to begin.

“We’re announcing these dates now so people can start making plans for the new year,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “We’ve had a terrific season so far, and expect plenty of great digging in the months ahead.”

Ayres noted that a dig now proposed to start New Year’s Day would effectively add five additional days to a dig previously planned during the last three days in December.

As in recent months, all digs are scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

Upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

Dec. 29, Sunday, 4:05 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
Dec. 30, Monday, 4:55 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
Dec. 31, Tuesday, 5:42 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks,Copalis,
Jan. 1, Wednesday, 6:29 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Jan. 2, Thursday, 7:15 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Jan. 3, Friday, 8:00 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Jan. 4, Saturday, 8:45 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
Jan. 5, Sunday, 9:31 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors

Jan. 15, Wednesday, 6:19 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
Jan. 16, Thursday, 6:51 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
Jan. 17, Friday, 7:22 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Jan. 18, Saturday, 7:53 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

Jan. 28, Tuesday, 4:36 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors
Jan. 29, Wednesday, 5:25 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
Jan. 30, Thursday, 6:11 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Jan. 31, Friday, 6:55 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Feb. 1, Saturday, 7:38 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
Feb. 2, Sunday, 8:20 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

Feb. 26, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
Feb. 27, Thursday, 5:04 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Feb. 28, Friday, 5:49 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

For updates on scheduled openings, see the WDFW Razor Clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html .

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