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Monthly Archives: May 2015
For the past several weeks, warmwater fishing for warmwater fish species has been very good. Here are some photos of happy warmwater anglers.
June is right around the corner but you don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy summer time temperatures at MarDon Resort. We are having a beautiful spring so far and the forecast shows nothing but warm temperature’s . With warm weather we think of outdoor activities and our favorite outdoor activity at MarDon Resort is Fishing! People are catching beautiful Crappie off the MarDon Dock up to 1lb 8oz and Bluegill up to 15 oz. Potholes Reservoir is at high water and we expect it to stay this level until mid-June.
In honor of National Free Fishing Weekend, which is June 6 and 7, you can fish in Washington State without purchasing a license. At MarDon Resort we are offering a camping special during the free fishing weekend of stay one night at full price and get the 2nd night ½ off.
Call MarDon Resort (509) 346-2651 to make reservations or get a fishing report.
When Lawrence Dillman landed a huge striped bass after a 45 minute battle, he knew he had something special. The 65.2 pound striper seems destined to become Missouri’s new state record for the species and since the waters of Bull Shoals are shared by both Missouri and Arkansas, it conceivably could have been turned in for an Arkansas state record as well – but it is not the heaviest striped bass ever pulled out of Bull Shoals.
In 2013, Rodney Pyle hooked and landed a striper weighing more than 68 pounds while fishing Bull Shoals with an “Alabama rig”. The giant striper would have been an Arkansas state record as well as an inland world record at the time it was caught.
Pyle’s catch was not recognized as a state record by Arkansas fisheries personnel because the scale was not certified – although it was quickly certified and found to be working perfectly. The full story behind Pyle’s royal screwing is a lengthy one and well worth the time to Google it.
Although most of the Umpqua River’s spawning redtailed surfperch have been caught around Marker 12 or below, they are constantly moving around and last weekend, good numbers of them were in the Gardiner area.
Lots of varied outdoor opportunities for people living on or visiting the southern coast. Most of the smaller to mid-sized streams opened last Saturday (May 23rd). Our area has two wonderful streams suitable for half-day float trips using such small craft as kayaks, canoes, pontoon boats and float tubes.
The most productive regarding fish numbers is Tenmile Creek. The usual float runs from the bridge at Hilltop Drive in Lakeside, but could also start at the County Park in Lakeside. The bottom end of the float is the Old Highway 101 Bridge just upstream of where Eel Creek enters Tenmile Creek. This stream junction is always worth checking out for both bass and trout and I once caught a jack salmon on a plastic worm on August 1st while bassfishing this spot. To reach your vehicle, simply walk the railroad tracks the one mile back to your car.
The most often caught fish in Tenmile Creek are largemouth bass with much smaller numbers of yellow perch, bluegills, brown bullheads, rainbow and cutthroat trout.
The Siltcoos River can’t match Tenmile Creek for numbers of fish, but it has bigger ones and almost nobody floating the river is actually fishing. They are almost always sight-seeing or bird watching. Just because the stream is a nationally known scenic waterway, doesn’t mean it’s not worth fishing. There are cutthroat trout to three pounds, rainbows to five pounds and largemouth bass to six pounds. The river has fair numbers of yellow perch and brown bullheads. There a small population of northern pike minnows near the small dam located about three miles below the lake. Since the dam has a slide adjacent to its north edge, small craft have access to the river below the dam.
A number of Chinook salmon were caught last week by anglers trolling herring out of Winchester Bay. Most of these fish were feeder chinook, but there are undoutedly a few springers that have yet to enter the river. Once they do, warm river temperatures may keep them from biting. However, Kelly Blair landed several springers last week to nearly 30 pounds while casting spinners in Half Moon Bay.
The hottest, most consistent Umpqua River fishery is for smallmouth bass above Scottsburg. The next best fishery is for shad immediately below Sawyers Rapids and to a lesser degree near Yellow Creek. At this point in time the most popular Umpqua River fishery is for female redtailed surfperch in the two mile stretch of river immediately above Winchester Bay. Ironically, the bite from the male redtailed surfperch along area beaches seems to peak about the same time that the female perch enter the Umpqua River.
The largemouth bass haven’t finished spawning in some lakes such as Eel Lake and many of the deeper Florence-area lakes. There can be widely varying spawning cycles in the same lake, as well. A good example is Loon Lake where the bass at the lower end of the lake opposite the road spawn a couple of weeks later than they do at the lake’s upper end.
It seems that the lone orca that entered the lower Umpqua River last week revisited the river this week with some some of its pod mates. Obviously the earlier visitor, featured on Youtube.com under ‘Umpqua Orca” viewed the feeding possibilities as promising.
Most of the central coast all-depth spring halibut quota remains going into the second three day opener.
Despite tough ocean and weather conditions during the first three day opener, 42,471 pounds of the 110,649 pound quota was landed – or 38 percent. 68,178 pounds or 62 percent of the quota remains. Good weather and ocean conditions could result in the entire spring quota being reached after only two three day openers.
The bad weather conditions along the southern portion of the central coast resulted in the reported catch being heavily skewed toward the northern portion of the zone.
Below, in ascending order is the poundage reported after the initial three day opener for the central Oregon coast and their percentage of the total reported catch.
FLORENCE (0 pounds – 0%)
WINCHESTER BAY (119 pounds – less than 1%)
BANDON (1,944 pounds – 4.6 %)
DEPOE BAY (2,357 pounds – 5.5 %)
CHARLSTON (2,658 pounds – 6.3 %)
GARIBALDI (6,886 pounds – 16.1 %)
NEWPORT (28,508 pounds – 67.1 %)
As usual, the fishing for spawning redtail surfperch is a “feast or famine” type of fishing. But the fishing guides that have switched over from salmon to surfperch are having very few bad days.
In Rick Nepper’s own words – “This 38″ mackinaw was caught the second week of the 2015 trout season while trolling for kokanee on Odell. The fish was caught on 6 pound test while I was reeling in a kokanee. Earlier in the day I had one that was a foot longer follow my gear right up to the boat but never hit the wedding ring. After fighting this fish I was happy the bigger one never hit because this one took all but five wraps of line off my reel before I put my thumb on it to keep from getting spooled. We ended up with 30 kokanee and this big guy. Mackinaw are a lot of fun to catch and release but every once in a while you have to treat yourself to one of the best smoked fish you can ever ask for.”
The MarDon Open Bass Tournament was a complete success. Each of the 36 teams weighed bass on day one except for 1 boat that had motor troubles. Dana Steiner and Andy Smith had a shocking 26.82 pound bag on day 1! That is over a 5 pound fish average. Dana and Andy won this tournament with a two day combined weight of 49.09 pounds in 10 largemouth bass. In 2nd place,Paul Hall and Jarrid Turner weighed 45.56lbs in two days. Moses Lake, Resident Aaron Echternkamp, fished with his 14 year old son Mason and finished in 3rd place with 42.38 lbs. Overall the fisherman pulled in 335 fish with a 3.2 lb. average. .
We want to thank all our fishermen for participating and we celebrate the huge weights as a testament to the health of the fishing in Potholes Reservoir. This is a catch/release tourney so they live to be caught another day. The MarDon Open is a fundraiser for our Central Washington Fish Advisory Committee which is a non-profit 501-C3 that builds fish habitat boxes for Potholes Reservoir. Our next event is weekly BINGO each Wednesday night at The O’Sullivan Sportsman Resort with is 1 mile west of MarDon Resort. Bingo is a $20 buy -in and we would love to see you there. It starts at 7pm sharp and if you have any questions or need directions please call (509) 345-2651.
Walleye Fishers are giving mixed reports throughout the sand dunes. Crab Creek is producing some limits but it has been challenging.
Smallmouth bass continue to be very active in the Lind Coulee. You can also try the rocks around Goose Island for a fun bite.
Trout action at Warden Lake has been showing many limits using powerbait. You can also try Corral Lake for trout or bass action.