Monthly Archives: January 2014

Hot Steelhead Fishing Continues On Umpqua River

This nice-sized steelhead was caught near Cleveland Rapids on a Spin Glo/sand shrimp combo.

This nice-sized steelhead was caught near Cleveland Rapids on a Spin Glo/sand shrimp combo.

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News From Mardon Resort

Geese photographed on the ice line on Potholes Reservoir.

Geese photographed on the ice line on Potholes Reservoir.

Now a new chapter begins in the Potholes Recreation Area with waterfowl hunting season coming to an end and we are seeing waterfowl hunters turning into coyote hunters and walleye fishing as a different hobby this time of year.

Boaters are using blade baits and swim jigs for walleye at the face of the sand dunes and the mouth of Lind Coulee.  Almost all of the seep lakes below O’Sullivan Dam are open all year.  Warden Lake and the lakes on the Columbia National Refuge are not open until April 2014.  Any place on Frenchman’s, Winchester, or the Lind Coulee Wasteway with moving water and especially small water falls may hold a lunker trout.

What excites me about the 2014 season the most is that “the perch are back” in Potholes Reservoir.  Plus crappie fishing continues to improve in numbers with several age classes showing increased numbers.  It’s hot like the 60’s and 70’s before Mount St. Helens erupted and fishing for Perch is the best it has been in two decades.   Trout action at Medicare Beach is just beginning for bank fishers and it will only improve as our surface water temperatures warm up.

We have .223 bullets in stock, night crawlers, and fresh maggots.  Call (509) 346-2651 for a current fishing report.

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Washington Outdoor News – New Rules on

Spring chinook must be released on the Kalama River

Action:   Kalama River anglers must release all spring chinook salmon.

Species affected:   Chinook salmon

Effective dates: Feb. 17, 2014 until further notice.

Location: From boundary markers at the mouth to 1,000 feet above the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery (Kalama Falls).

Reason for action: The pre-season forecast is for a return of 500 adult spring chinook to the Kalama River in 2014. The closure is necessary to provide enough fish to meet the hatchery escapement goal of approximately 450 fish.

Other information:   Kalama spring chinook returns will be closely monitored in-season.

The lower Kalama River remains open to fishing for hatchery steelhead.

Spring chinook must be released on Lewis River;
A portion of North Fork Lewis will close to all fishing.

Action: Lewis River anglers must release all spring chinook; North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek upstream to close to all fishing.

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Effective date and locations: Feb. 17, 2014

Until further notice, all chinook must be released on main-stem Lewis River from mouth to mouth of East Fork.

Until further notice, all chinook must be released on the North Fork Lewis River from mouth of the East Fork to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam.

Through May 31, 2014, fishing is closed to all angling on the North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek (located downstream from the Lewis River Salmon Hatchery) upstream to Merwin Dam.

Reason for action:   The pre-season forecast is for a return of 1,100 adult spring chinook to the Lewis in 2014. The closure is necessary to provide enough fish to meet the hatchery escapement goal of approximately 1,350 fish.

Other information:   Lewis spring chinook returns will be closely monitored in-season.

The main-stem Lewis River and North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek downstream remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead.   The North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek upstream will reopen to fishing for hatchery steelhead June 1.

 

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Free Bus Ride To ODFW Open House In Roseburg

It isn’t often that that concerned sportsmen can attend an ODFW meeting and spend no money and very little effort.

But that is exactly what they can do – thanks to Paul Stallard, Salmon Harbor’s new harbor master who also happens to be an avid Umpqua River fisherman.

Paul has arranged for a bus to carry concerned anglers from the Reedsport-Winchester Bay area to an ODFW open house meeting in Roseburg.

Hopefully, good attendance at this meeting from anglers who fish the lower Umpqua River, will help set the stage for more meaningful discussions at  upcoming meetings in Coos Bay and Reedsport.

The free bus will start it’s route at 4:00 pm at Winchester Bay and pick up passengers in Reedsport before continuing on to Roseburg.

The Oregon Coast has been under-represented at Roseburg-area meetings for years. The lone advocate for our area at many of these meetings has been Steve Godin. Here is a copy of an email message from Steve that may help convey just why these upcoming meetings and the free bus trip are so important.

Steve Godin, a very knowledgeable advocate for Umpqua River anglers has convinced me that the upcoming ODFW meeting in Reedsport is an important one. Here’s what is at stake in his own words – “ODF&W has scheduled a Public Meeting in Reedsport to gather input regarding the Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan. The meeting is scheduled for January 29 at the Community Center, 451 Winchester Ave, Reedsport from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Proposed new fishing regulations will reduce the annual quotas for Wild (Non- Hatchery) Fall Chinook Salmon and Spring Chinook Salmon. ODF&W is proposing managing salmon fishing with a sliding scale based on forecasted abundance. ODF&W has not defined the formula for determining salmon abundance for the Umpqua River. Generally in a ten year period, ODF&W predicts there would be one bad year, seven average years and two good years. The impact to harvesting Wild Fall Chinook on the Umpqua River would be 2 fish per day / 20 fish per year in high abundance years, 2 / 10 in average abundance years (most of the time) and 2 / 5 in low abundance years. The impact to harvesting Wild Spring Chinook on the Umpqua River would be 2 / 10 in high abundance years, 2 / 5 in average abundance years and 1 / 1 in low abundance years. Current regulations for Winter Steelhead are that you may not take a Wild Winter Steelhead on the Umpqua River. There is no scientific rational for not allowing anglers to keep some Wild Winter Steelhead on the Umpqua River, at least based on the current abundance of these fish. If enough fishermen and interested parties attend this meeting and voice their opinions (for or against), ODF&W could change these proposed regulations. This proposal is still considered a DRAFT. Those unable to attend this meeting can still submit comments to ODF&W by Email to su.ro.etatsnull@nalPlatsaoC.WFDO by February 10, 2014. More information regarding the Coast Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan can be found on the ODF&W web site.”

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Mardon Resort – Potholes Reservoir

Jim Fasano and his son enjoyed a successful goose hunt earlier this week.

Jim Fasano and his son enjoyed a successful goose hunt earlier this week.

As the waterfowl season closes for the 2013-2014 hunting season the Meseberg Adventures ( duck taxi)  have made many wonderful memories for our customers and our guides.  Limits of ducks and geese some days seemed easy but many were just hard work and made for long days of hunting.  But overall it was a great year and it is always a little sad to see it come to an end.

Winter fishing on Potholes Reservoir is still going strong.  Last weekend we saw many boats out throwing blade baits on the humps off Crab Creek and smallmouth bass can be caught fishing the rocks around Goose Island.

For a current fishing report please call the tackle shop (509) 346-2651.

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.

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Pete Heley Outdoors 1/22/2014

As we get farther into the new year – and the number of 2014 fishing and hunting licenses continues to grow, many of the license-buying public continue to make the same mistakes.

Here are a few ways to make these transactions smoother.

(1) – Use your computer-generated previous year’s license to purchase this year’s license. Make sure the barcode is in good enough condition to be scanned – and don’t waste time searching for the exact previous year’s match to the license you are purchasing as any of your ODFW computer-generated license or tag with a scannable barcode will suffice.

(2) – Women need to quit thinking  that the ODFW  is keeping track of their marriages and subsequent name changes. They’re not and the only way to successively look up a would-be license purchaser is to enter information that exactly matches the information in the ODFW licensing system.

(3) – Be aware that in order to purchase a yearly ODFW-generated license, one’s social security number must be in the system.The SSN is not required to purchase short term licenses. Youngsters under 14 years of age are exempt from needing to enter their SSN to purchase yearly licenses – but considerable grief occurs each year as young people reach 14 years of age and cannot remember their social security numbers.

(4) – Stop thinking that because you have property in more than one state that you are a resident of each state. That thinking is from the distant past. If you want to pay resident rates for an Oregon ODFW-generated license or tag – show me a current Oregon drivers license.I am amazed by how many people tell me they are an Oregon resident and then flop down a driver’s license from another state. If I helped perpetuate this deceitful practice, I am putting myself at financial risk and the last person I heard was ticketed because their drivers license and resident fishing license did not match, received a ticket for more than $400.

(5) – If you have a “free” combination license, such as a pioneer license or a disability-based license, please remember that in order to purchase any fishing or hunting tags, such licenses need to be updated. A good strategy is to place any permanent card you receive in a safe place and then forget about it. If someone wants to see your license, show them your yearly update. It’s actually what they want to look at anyway.

(6) – If you are thinking of purchasing an Oregon fishing or hunting license for the first time, make sure that the name that you enter is the same as the name on your drivers license or ID card. While nicknames can sound “cool”, they can cause considerable grief when a license vendor tries to look you up to purchase  other ODFW licenses and tags.

And please remember that while you may be in the “system”, I still need something – preferably an old license or tag with a good barcode or a drivers license to look you up.

As for fishing in our area, the Umpqua River contnues to offer the best steelhead fishing with two important caveats – (1) you really need a boat and (2) almost every steelhead you catch will be a non fincliiped fish that must be promptly released. While most area streams are only one good rain away from offering much improved steelhead fishing, the South Fork Coquille offered some good fishing last week.

Other fishing options for our area include fishing the South Jetty/Triangle area with sand shrimp for bottomfish, area beaches for pinkfin perch in the surf or Tenmile Lakes with nightcrawlers or meal worms for mostly smaller yellow perch.

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ODFW News – WDFW seeks fishing gear manufacturers, retailers to serve on new advisory group.

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking applications through Feb. 14 for membership on a new advisory group that will provide guidance on increasing angler participation in Washington’s inland fisheries.

Up to 15 qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the Retailers and Manufacturers Advisory Group for 2014 and 2015.

The department is seeking representatives from retail and manufacturing businesses with an understanding of recreational inland fisheries for non-anadromous species, such as trout, walleye, bass and panfish, said Chris Donley, inland fish program manager for WDFW.

“We’re looking for leaders in the industries with first-hand knowledge of recreational fishing opportunities for resident fish in Washington,” Donley said. “The goal is to refine our management of inland fisheries to not only attract new people to the sport but also to help ensure we continue to provide sustainable opportunities.”

Members of the group are expected to meet quarterly to share ideas on developing partnerships designed to increase anglers’ interest in inland fisheries, as well as provide feedback on inland fisheries policy and management.

Applicants should be decision makers at an outdoors-oriented business in Washington – preferably as CEO, general manager, president, or marketing director.
Applications must be submitted in writing with the following information:

Applicant’s name, address, telephone number and email address.
Relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve as a member of the advisory group.
Applicant’s effectiveness in marketing to anglers and potential anglers.
Name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting an application.
Applications must be received by Feb. 14. Applications may be submitted to Kelly Cunningham by mail: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501; or email vog.aw.wfdnull@mahgninnuC.ylleK .

Members serve as volunteers and do not receive direct compensation, but mileage reimbursement is provided by WDFW to attend meetings. For more information, contact Cunningham at (360) 902-2325.

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Pete Heley Outdoors 1/16/2014

The area’s hottest fishing is for winter steehead on the Umpqua River. The most productive stretches on the mainstem Umpqua are from around Sawyers Rapids upriver.  – and the hottest technique seems to be backtrollimg with diving plugs like Hotshots and Wee warts.Some of the best areas in the lower ends of pools where the water starts picking up speed (tailouts), although other areas where water flow is the right speed will also produce – but the steelhead are usually more concentrated in the tailout areas – especially those that have long stretches of poor holding water on each side of them.

people walking the beach just north of the Siuslaw River at low tide last week reported that they encountered hundreds of dead and dying crabs on the beach. The dead crabs  were both male and female – and most were large enough to be legal if they were males. There were enough dead crabs that the seagulls and other scavengers were temporarily overwhelmed.

A similar occurence was reported im June.

The die-offs are attributed to hypoxic or low oxygen conditions and were very rare prior to 2002, since the hypoxic conditions in 2002 also killed long-lived sea creatures like starfish.

While hypoxic ocean conditions were a factor in the poor success of sport crabbers this year, a more serious problem might be a reduced crab population in future years – since these hypoxic-related die-offs have been appearing with increasing  frequency over the last dozen years.

Steve Godin, a very knowledgeable advocate for Umpqua River anglers has convinced me that the upcoming ODFW meeting in Reedsport is an important one. Here’s what is at stake in his own words – “ODF&W has scheduled a Public Meeting in Reedsport to gather input regarding the Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan. The meeting is scheduled for January 29 at the Community Center, 451 Winchester Ave, Reedsport from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Proposed new fishing regulations will reduce the annual quotas for Wild (Non- Hatchery) Fall Chinook Salmon and Spring Chinook Salmon. ODF&W is proposing managing salmon fishing with a sliding scale based on forecasted abundance. ODF&W has not defined the formula for determining salmon abundance for the Umpqua River. Generally in a ten year period, ODF&W predicts there would be one bad year, seven average years and two good years. The impact to harvesting Wild Fall Chinook on the Umpqua River would be 2 fish per day / 20 fish per year in high abundance years, 2 / 10 in average abundance years (most of the time) and 2 / 5 in low abundance years. The impact to harvesting Wild Spring Chinook on the Umpqua River would be 2 / 10 in high abundance years, 2 / 5 in average abundance years and 1 / 1 in low abundance years. Current regulations for Winter Steelhead are that you may not take a Wild Winter Steelhead on the Umpqua River. There is no scientific rational for not allowing anglers to keep some Wild Winter Steelhead on the Umpqua River, at least based on the current abundance of these fish. If enough fishermen and interested parties attend this meeting and voice their opinions (for or against), ODF&W could change these proposed regulations. This proposal is still considered a DRAFT. Those unable to attend this meeting can still submit comments to ODF&W by Email to su.ro.etatsnull@nalPlatsaoC.WFDO by February 10, 2014. More information regarding the Coast Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan can be found on the ODF&W web site.”

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Important ODFW Public Meeting In Reedsport On January 29th

ODF&W has scheduled a Public Meeting in Reedsport to gather input regarding the Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan. The meeting is scheduled for January 29 at the Community Center, 451 Winchester Ave, Reedsport from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Proposed new fishing regulations will reduce the annual quotas for Wild (Non- Hatchery) Fall Chinook Salmon and Spring Chinook Salmon. ODF&W is proposing managing salmon fishing with a sliding scale based on forecasted abundance. ODF&W has not defined the formula for determining salmon abundance for the Umpqua River. Generally in a ten year period, ODF&W predicts there would be one bad year, seven average years and two good years. The impact to harvesting Wild Fall Chinook on the Umpqua River would be 2 fish per day / 20 fish per year in high abundance years, 2 / 10 in average abundance years (most of the time) and 2 / 5 in low abundance years. The impact to harvesting Wild Spring Chinook on the Umpqua River would be 2 / 10 in high abundance years, 2 / 5 in average abundance years and 1 / 1 in low abundance years. Current regulations for Winter Steelhead are that you may not take a Wild Winter Steelhead on the Umpqua River. There is no scientific rational for not allowing anglers to keep some Wild Winter Steelhead on the Umpqua River, at least based on the current abundance of these fish. If enough fishermen and interested parties attend this meeting and voice their opinions (for or against), ODF&W could change these proposed regulations. This proposal is still considered a DRAFT. Those unable to attend this meeting can still submit comments to ODF&W by Email to su.ro.etatsnull@nalPlatsaoC.WFDO by February 10, 2014. More information regarding the Coast Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan can be found on the ODF&W web site.

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Mardon Resort News

Late December and early January have been great for ice fishing in our area.  The Lind Coulee has been very popular all week with reports of some perch, walleye and burbot being caught.  The MarDon Tackle Shop has fresh bait, night crawlers and maggots just in.

With open water at Medicare Beach bank fishers catching cold water rainbow up to 4 pounds have been reported.  As water temperatures warm some Giant Rainbow will start showing up in that area as well.

With more geese in Central-Eastern Washington than have been seen in years it’s a great time to get another hunt in before the season is over for another year.

MarDon Resort has just posted our 2014 pricelist and Calendar of Events for the year to the website.  Please visit www.mardonresort.com for more information on that.  With a much improved perch, crappie and blue gill fishery we have much optimism for a quality family fishing year in 2014.

10 lb. honker taken on a royal slope hunt with the Todd Malcolm party.

10 lb. honker taken on a royal slope hunt with the Todd Malcolm party.

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