Monthly Archives: February 2014

WDFW seeks comments on proposal to acquire access to Chapman Lake in Spokane County

SPOKANE – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inviting public comment through March 21 on a proposal to acquire and develop public access to Chapman Lake in Spokane County.

Once a popular fishing spot, the 128-acre lake near Cheney has been inaccessible to the public since 2011, when a private resort that provided access to the lake was closed. Since then, WDFW has provided limited management of kokanee, trout and other fish species in the lake.

John Whalen, WDFW Eastern Regional Fish Program Manager, said the property owner recently contacted the department and signed a letter of intent to sell 80 acres to the department so that public access and fishery management could be restored.

The property is surrounded on three sides by Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) land. Besides providing boat access to the lake, the proposed acquisition would connect these public lands, helping to conserve Ponderosa pine forest and riparian habitat for wildlife and provide public access to hunting and wildlife viewing.

Details about the proposed Chapman Lake access acquisition are available for review at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/acquisitions/ . Comments may be submitted by March 21 via email to vog.aw.wfdnull@enakopsmaet or by mail to John Whalen, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2315 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216-1566.

Whalen said the review process is designed to solicit public input on the proposal before WDFW determines whether to seek acquisition and development funding sources, such as state grants administered by the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Land acquisition plays an essential role in meeting WDFW’s mandate to provide recreational opportunities and to protect fish and wildlife. WDFW currently owns or manages 700 public water-access sites and about one million acres in 33 wildlife areas for fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching opportunities that contribute significantly to the state’s economy each year.

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Fishing Report From Mardon Resort/Potholes Reservoir

On February 27 boat launches are ice free on the southern shores of Potholes
Reservoir.  Boaters are using blade baits and swim jigs to catch quality
cold water walleye limits.  Try jigging deep, 50-60′ around Goose Island.
On Sunday when I returned from the Outdoor show in Wenatchee I drove
directly to my sons’ home to enjoy a fine walleye dinner.  Fresh Cold Water
Walleye are tough to beat for a Sunday dinner.  Perch anglers continue to
produce yellow perch on Swedish Pimples tipped with crawlers, maggots or
perch meat.

Ice fishers continue to pull perch limits in the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes
Reservoir.  Many Seeps Lakes below O’Sullivan Dam are partially ice free
where small creeks spill into them.  Most all ice free areas at this time
are good potential for rainbow trout.  Bass anglers are struggling with very
cold surface water temperatures.

For more information call 509.346.2651 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
Also go to www.mardonresort.com to view our calendar of events or click on
Fresh News to read our blog and blogs from the past.  Free dock fishing
Friday will continue until May 1st.  Just drop in to the store to pick up
your complimentary wristband and car pass.

Levi & Mason Meseberg with Kelly Ross braved the temperatures for a Sunday afternoon fishing trip.  The walleye were biting so well they forgot to get cold!

Levi & Mason Meseberg with Kelly Ross braved the
temperatures for a Sunday afternoon fishing trip. The walleye were biting
so well they forgot to get cold!

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Travis Glass/Dennis Bulter Win Frostbite Open On Tenmile Lakes

A five bass limit weighing 19.96 pounds allowed Travis Glass and Dennis Butler to win the 2014 Frostbite Open which is held every year in late February on Tenmile Lakes. Here’s the rest of the results with the number of bass weighed in in parantheses. Their big bass weighed 5.76 pounds

2 – Russ Baker/Chris Carpenter (5) – 19.70 pounds  (big bass-5.89 pounds; 3 – David Heldstald / Jim Gaither(5) – 17.95 pounds (big bass-5.06 pounds; 4 – Kevin Ford / Brian Hansen(5) – 16.79 pounds (big bass-5.76 pounds; 5 – Kory Ray / Keith Truett (4) – 15.42 pounds (big bass-6.70 pounds;

6 – Dan Betz / JL Neal (5) – 14.47 pounds (big bass-5.74 pounds; 7 – Jimmy Allis / Curtis Johnson(5) – 14.11 pounds (big bass 4.05 pounds;  8 – Earl Ulrey sr / Earl Ulrey jr(5) – 13.96 pounds (big bass-3.76 pounds; 9 – Jerry Cool / Rick Miller(5) – 13.75 pounds (big bass-4.32 pounds; 10 – Elliot Turner / Kevin Turner (5) – 13.39 pounds (big bass-4.27 pounds);

11 – Jim Looney / Adam Looney (5) – 12.69 pounds (big bass-5.62 pounds); 12 – Pat Harris / Rick Correa (3) – 12.44 pounds (big bass-6.10 pounds); 13 – Doug Warren / Steve Brewer (5) – 12.30 pounds (big bass-3.72 pounds);  14 – Ed Sowers / Chris Funk (5) – 10.86 pounds (big bass-3.95 pounds); 15 -Russell Dodd / Kevin Wicks (3) – 10.00 pounds (big bass-4.95 pounds);

16 – Steven Sutphin / Graig Sutphin (5) – 9.64 pounds (big bass-3.40 pounds); 17 – Bob Caldwell / Reed Conrad (5) -9.57 pounds (big bass-2.58 pounds); 18 – Chris Parks / Steven Stavros (5) – 9.47 pounds; 19 – Charles Adams / Michael Ardito (5) – 9.30 pounds; 20 – Dave Simmons / Dave Newman (4) 9.29 pounds (big bass-4.32 pounds);

21 – Harvey Banker / Larry Slaughter (4) – 8.78 pounds (big bass-5.13 pounds); 22 – Theodore Adkins / Ken Carpenter (5) – 8.65 pounds; 23 – Jim Rainey / Keith Hess (5) – 8.41 pounds; 24 – Mike Hastings / Dave Paulmer (4) – 8.20 pounds; 25 -Rick Bozman / Ken Cambell (5) – 7.84 pounds (big bass-2.57 pounds).

26 – Hayk Terzyan / Jay Culver (2) – 7.25 pounds (big bass-4.52 pounds); 27 – Art Ferreira / Cary Cooper (4) – 7.20 pounds; 28 – John Hess / Janice Hess (2) 5.31 pounds; 29 – Tim Kennedy / Harry Binsham (2) – 4.49 pounds; 30 – Jim Muck / Alex Muck (3) – 4.30 pounds;

31 – KC Day / Zack Miller (2) – 3.50 pounds;

Twelve of the 43 teams that fished the tournament did not weigh in a bass.

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Pete Heley Outdoors 2/26/2014

Thanks to Lake Havasu, a Colorado River impoundment  that separates California and Arizona, there is now strong evidence that there is some benefit to having a quagga mussel infestation – and that is a great forage base for growing the world’s largest redear sunfish. In the last few years,a number of giant redears have been pulled from Havasu weighing more than four pounds and last week, a five pound 12.8 ounce redear was caught on a nightcrawler from the reservoir.

While some fish species in Lake Havasu have suffered greatly due to quagga mussels, the redear sunfish have grown to record sizes.

With the Umpqua River being muddy, steelhead fishing pressure has switched to the Smith River and other area streams. Tenmile Creek and Eel Creek are both clear, but are running high and steelhead hooked recently in Eel Creek are seldom landed. Much of the fishing pressure on Tenmile Creek is currently in the Spin Reel Park area and few anglers are fishing the lower reaches of the stream in the sand dunes area. Sand shrimp remains the preferred bait.

Congratulations to former Reedsport resident Steve Martin for having his photo of a very impressive wild chinook appear in the fishing report section of the ODFW website. Steve, who now lives in Lakeside, has recently been enjoying some very good bottomfishing in the Bandon area. Bottomfish anglers out of Charlston and Winchester Bay have also enjoyed good bottomfishing, despite rough ocean conditions.

Anglers fishing the South Jetty/Triangle area have dealt with muddy Umpqua River water by fishing when the tide is almost completely high or fishing on the south side of the Triangle.

Most of the fishing pressure directed at planted trout in the Florence-area lakes has been directed at Cleawox Lake – which is understandable since most of the trout were planted there.

This week Saunders Lake and several other lakes in southern Coos Count are slated to receive 3,000 legal rainbows each. The other lakes are Bradley Lake and Powers Pond and Johnsom Mill Pond. Empire Lakes is scheduled to receive 6,000 legal rainbows next week and Loon Lake is slated to receive 2,000.

For those among you that have wanted to try icefishing, there will be a seminar held on Diamond Lake on March 8th. ODFW will show anglers how to make the best of snowy, icy conditions at a March 8 Family Ice Fishing Workshop on Diamond Lake.

According to Mark Newell, ODFW outdoor skills coordinator, ice fishing can be a great winter-time activity for the whole family.

“It’s easy for kids to participate,” Newell said. “And if the fishing is a little slow most of them enjoy the chance to play in the snow.”

Participants in the workshop will learn all ice fishing basics – safety on the ice, appropriate gear and how to use it, and how to care for and clean their catch. The cost of the workshop is $52 per adult and $12 per child under age 18. This includes the use of equipment and instruction. Lunch is not included.

Steve Martin with a bright chinook on thr ODFW website

Steve Martin with a bright chinook on thr ODFW website

Children under 13 years old do not need a fishing license to participate, but adults must have a valid Oregon fishing license and youth ages 14-17 will need an Oregon juvenile angling license. Youth must be accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information about the workshop, and to register, go to the ODFW website.

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Hunters Have Until March 31 to Apply For Multiple-season Permits

OLYMPIA – Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2014 multiple-season permit, which can greatly increase their opportunities for success in the field.

In mid-April, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will randomly draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season elk permits.

Winners of the drawing will be eligible to purchase a special tag allowing them to participate in archery, muzzleloader and modern firearm general hunting seasons for deer or elk in 2014. Winners who purchase the multiple-season elk tag by Aug. 31 can participate in general elk-hunting season in both eastern and western Washington.

Winners also may choose any weapon type when applying for a special permit to hunt deer or elk.

“This is a great opportunity for hunters to extend their hunting season this fall,” said Dave Ware, game manager for WDFW. “Rather than having to choose one hunting method over another, hunters drawn for a multiple-season permit who purchase the tag can participate in multiple seasons.”

Ware noted that the tags can be used only during general seasons and in game management units that are open during a modern firearm, muzzleloader, or archery general season. For example, winners may not hunt during the muzzleloader general season in an area that is not open for the muzzleloader general season.

Also, hunters can apply only once for each species and are limited to harvesting one deer or elk.

Hunters may purchase a multiple-season permit application at an authorized license dealer, listed at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ , or by calling (866) 246-9453. The permit application is $7.10 for residents and $110.50 for nonresidents.

A 2014 hunting license is not required to submit an application, but winners of the drawing must purchase one before they can purchase a multiple-season tag.

Hunting licenses and multiple-season tags can be purchased from local license dealers, on the Internet (http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ ) or by calling (866) 246-9453. Including transaction fees, multiple-season deer or elk tags cost $182.00 for residents and nonresidents in addition to the cost of an annual hunting license.  For more information, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ , or call the licensing department at (360) 902-2464.

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Oregon and Washington Sturgeon Anglers To Get Chance To Keep Sturgeon

Beginning February 24th and running through March 9th, anglers will have the opportunity to catch and keep Columbia River whit sturgeon. The area where sturgeon retention is allowed is the Bonneville Pool (from Bonneville Dam up to The Dalles Dam).

Additional information  to include:

Craig Dowdy of YJ Guide Service about to release a Snake River White sturgeon.

Craig Dowdy of YJ Guide Service about to release a Snake River White sturgeon.

Action: The recreational fishery in Bonneville Reservoir opens to white sturgeon retention 7 days per week.

Effective dates: Feb. 24 through March 9, 2014

Species affected: White sturgeon

Location: The Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam (Bonneville Reservoir).

Reason for action: Establishes a third white sturgeon retention period in Bonneville Reservoir. Harvest during the first two retention seasons in January and early February was less than expected, leaving around 350 fish available for harvest during this season extension. Fishery managers have reserved about half of the 1,100 fish total guideline for a summer retention season.

Other information: Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon is allowed between Bonneville and The Dalles dams when retention is not allowed.

Staff anticipates re-opening Bonneville Pool for a summer retention season during June 2014. This summer fishery and a May-July spawning sanctuary downstream of The Dalles Dam will likely be proposed in March 2014.

The section of the Columbia River and tributaries between The Dalles Dam and McNary Dam opened to sturgeon retention January 1 per permanent rules and will remain open until respective harvest guidelines for each reservoir are reached. The spawning sanctuaries from the Highway 395/I-82 Bridge upstream to McNary Dam and from the Rufus grain elevator upstream to John Day Dam will be closed to all sturgeon fishing May 1 through July 31.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010

 

 

 

 

 

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Burbot Remain Overlooked in Many Eastern Washington Waters

Burbot, often referred to as freshwater lings offer some of the most deliciouis eating  available in many eastern Washington waters and they bite well in cold weather and at night. They resemble chunky eels and are often taken on  baits and minnows fished near the botom through the ice and after dark.

Most of the fishing pressure takes place during the winter and one of the most popular places is Frankline D. Roosevelt Lake. The world record for burbot is 24 pounds 12 ounces, taken from Alaska’s Lake Louise and the Washington’s state record for burbot is 17 pounds six ounces from Bead Lake.

One of very few guides  that handle fishing trips for burbot  is Craig Dowdy, who along with his wife Melinda, operates YJ Guide Service out of Davenport, Washington and books burbot trips to Roosevelt Lake during the winter months.

A nice catch of burbot from Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake.

A nice catch of burbot from Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake.

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Lake Havasu Gives Up Another Giant Redear Sunfish

Over the last three years, Lake Havasu has earned a reputation as the best spot to catch really big redear sunfish – fish weighing more than four pounds.

Less than two years ago  Havasu gave up a redear weighing slightly more than five and a half pounds. Less than two weeks ago, Havasu produced yet another giant redear – this one weighing five pounds 12.8 ounces.

The secret to Havasu’ s hefty redears is the lake’s quagga mussel infestation. While the mussels have negatively impacted many fish species – especially crappies – smallmouth bass have benefitted from the increased water clarity – and redear sunfish which primarily feed on small crustaceans have tajen full advantage of the new forage base.

This redear sunfish weighed more than five and a half pounds.

This redear sunfish weighed more than five and a half pounds.

The new champ at five pounds 12.8 ounces.

The new champ at five pounds 12.8 ounces.

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Mardon Resort Fishing Update For Potholes Reservoir

Ice fishing is still becoming unsafe for inexperienced ice fisherman.  There is standing water on the ice cap and since we had warmer days the edges are beginning to melt.  Experienced ice fisherman may still feel comfortable but we do not recommend it from a safety point of view.  The Lind Coulee fisherman that are still braving the conditions are pulling in some nice perch limits with the occasional walleye, burbot and channel catfish.

The boat launch at the Potholes State Park is now open and free of ice.  Blade bait walleye fishing or perch fishing with a Swedish pimple tipped with a maggot would be your best bet for a weekend fishing trip.  Now the big Rainbows are cruising the shoreline looking for powerbait and Pautzske’s green lable salmon eggs.

Ron White of the Tri-Cities does it again with an even bigger channel catfish caught through the ice In the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir.  This one weighed in at a whopping 28 pounds!

Ron White of the Tri-Cities does it again with an even bigger channel catfish caught through the ice In the Lind Coulee arm of Potholes Reservoir. This one weighed in at a whopping 28 pounds!

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Fly Fishing Expo 2014 This Weekend.

The annual Fly Fishing Expo put on by the Lower Umpqua Flycasters will be held this Saturday, February 22nd at the Charter School in Reedsport.

This is one of the more ambitiouis events put on by a single flyfishing club every year. The event will run from 9:00 am through 3:00 pm and will feature FREE door prizes and raffle drawings.  Meals and snacks will be available and some of the booths will feature fly tying; fly casting; informnational and equipment displays. There are plenty of varied flyfishing-related things to experience and best of all – it’s absolutely FREE!

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