Monthly Archives: May 2016

Fishing Tough During Stockade Market’s Pinkfin Derby

Following a weekend of good fishing for pinkfin surfperch on the Umpqua above Winchester Bay, the fishing turned tough over Memorial Day Weekend. Anglers trying to win a spinning reel or a $25 gift certificate during the Stockade Market’s Annual Pinkfin Derby over Memorial Day Weekend were forced to weigh in perch weighing around a pound – In fact, Ryan Ericson won the big perch for Sunday with a pinkfin weighing one pound and four tenths of an ounce that was caught casting sand shrimp from shore at Osprey Point. Ironically, less than a week earlier an angler casting a large spinner for salmon at Half Moon Bay hooked and landed a pinkfin weighing nearly three pounds.

Ryan Erickson's redtailed surfperch barely weighed a pound - yet won him his coice of a spinning reel or a $25 gift certificate from the Stockade Market.

Ryan Erickson’s redtailed surfperch barely weighed a pound – yet won him his choice of a spinning reel or a $25 gift certificate from the Stockade Market.

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Many Oregon Streams To Reopen On Saturday, May 28th.

It’s always a good idea to check the fishing regulations booklet, but many Oregon streams, especially those in western Oregon, reopen to fishing this Saturday (May 28th).

Some streams will have a fair amount of opening weekend fishing pressure, but that pressure will decrease within a couple of weeks.

Next weekend (June 4th and 5th) is Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend. Good luck!

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Mardon Resort / Potholes Reservoir Fishing Report.

The fishing on Potholes Reservoir this spring has been amazing. Anglers have been throwing flipping jigs, senkos, creature baits, spinner baits and a variety of 3’-5’ grubs and many more. We have had an incredible frog bite especially with Spro Popper Frog and Lunkerhunt Frogg series. The 34th year MarDon Resort has enjoyed hosting the Potholes Open Bass Tournament with weigh-in just under 3000 lbs. of Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass at the scales. This was a new record, just ask Potholes Bass Club President Tom Tweed who was weighmaster, how tired he was after weighing just under 3000 lbs. of bass.
On May 21 & 22nd, Jeff Priester and Willy Nelson presented the first ever two day Northwest Bass Tournament. Jeff Priester donated $25 per team to the CWFAC Potholes Reservoir Underwater Habitat Restoration Project which netted $1950 to the habitat.
Crappie fishing on MarDon dock has begun early this year.
Walleye limits are being reported by the Big Dune on the west side of the sand dunes. Crab Creek and Lind Coulee, are being reported as fair. Reports also indicate Wally Pop’s with crawler and slow death jigs with crawlers. The bait fish begin to move into better water quality in the main pool. Fish the eastside outside the dunes and the west side near Potholes State Park for good activity as the lake lowers. Also trout at Frenchman’s waste way and the mouth of Crab Creek have been reported to 6 lbs. Now with 60’ surface temperature our trout are very active and wedding rings , needlefish, rapala’s and flickershad’s work well.
The team of Russ and Cody Anderson (pictured) enjoyed Limit Out Marine Big Bass Tournament. The Anderson’s won one hour with 5.9 oz largemouth to earn $600 for their weekend. In the Northwest Bass Tournament, the team of Brian Russell and James Castillo won the Big Bass Tournament by winning an hour for $600 and $8000 for the weekend biggest Bass with a 6.67 lb. largemouth bass.
Soda Lake continues to provide good walleye and bass action, plus some nice perch in 40 feet of water.
Everyone have a great Memorial Day weekend. Take time to think why we celebrate and remember our veterans.

 Kord & Laurie Lofthus from Belfair caught walleye and huge perch trolling slow death rigs in the dunes.


Kord & Laurie Lofthus from Belfair caught walleye and huge perch trolling slow death rigs in the dunes.

Cody Anderson with a lunker largemouth bass from Potholes Reservoir.

Cody Anderson with a lunker largemouth bass from Potholes Reservoir.

 Duane Martinson of Enumclaw shows two of his seventeen perch from Soda Lake.


Duane Martinson of Enumclaw shows two of his seventeen perch from Soda Lake.

Robert Kelly of Moses Lake (Mardon’s favorite crappie fisherman) landed crappies over 12 inches long from Mardon Resort’s fishing dock.

Robert Kelly of Moses Lake (Mardon’s favorite crappie fisherman) landed crappies over 12 inches long from Mardon Resort’s fishing dock.

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Australia To Use Novel Program To Deal With Carp.

Australia plans to tackle one of its biggest environmental challenges with herpes.

You heard that right. This year’s federal budget, formally announced by Australia Tuesday, includes funding for an initiative to release herpes into the continent’s Murray-Darling Basin to eradicate carp. The invasive species suck in and spit out mud as they eat, muddying the water and damaging the ecosystem, a wildlife expert explained to Gizmag.

Australia will spend $15 million on the program, the BBC said, a small expense compared to the $500 million the government says it now spends yearly dealing with the problem. The money will largely go towards financing the cleanup of thousands of dead fish.

The virus will take about a week to kill off the carp, according to the Guardian. Scientists, who have been testing the pathogen for years, don’t expect to affect other fish or humans.

Intentionally introducing the herpes virus into public waters – what could possibly go wrong?

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Umpqua River Pinfin Run At Full Strength

With a number of boat limits taken last week, the pinkfin run appears to be peaking just before the Memorial Day Weekend Pinkfin Derby to be sponsored by the Stockade Market in Winchester Bay.

As a thank you to our customers we are again hosting our annual Pink Fin Derby over Memorial weekend. Last year’s winner walked away with a new fishing pole for being the person who caught the largest pink fin perch over the Memorial Day weekend.
As we grow so did our derby… This year every day of the Memorial Day Weekend is a separate derby with its own daily big fish prize. There is also a separate prize for the overall derby champion… the person with the heaviest 3 fish caught during the 3-day event!!!

To Enter:
All participants must register at the Stockade Market and Tackle before participating in the derby. Once registered you are in for the whole 3-day event. Registration begins at 6:00am on Saturday May 28th.
Entry into derby is $2.00 per person. Any customer who makes a minimum $5 purchase will earn a free entry for the derby. (Alcohol and tobacco products excluded)
Participants must then return to the Stockade Market on each day during the scheduled weigh in times with their largest fish to submit it for weighing.
Only one fish may be submitted per person on each day of the event.
Weigh in times are as follows-
Saturday May 28th 11:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday May 29th 11:00am – 6:00pm
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Bassfishing Deja Vu.

My good friend, Curtis Reed, put a new wrinkle on a Loon Lake bassfishing trip this week.

A few weeks ago, while sorting through his fishing tackle, Curtis discovered some Shannon spinnerbaits he had ignored for about 50 years.

Shannon came out with their “Twin Spinner” in 1917 and their “Single Spin”, which is similar to modern single-bladed spinnerbaits, in 1924. By the early 1960’s, the Shannon “Super Twin” was the most popular bass lure on the Oregon coast. Many bass anglers on Tahkenitch Lake, when they weren’t fishing with live waterdogs, were casting Shannon Super Twins and Jack Harmon, an avid bass angler living in Lakeside, used the lure to pull a nine pound largemouth out of Beale Lake.

But their “heyday” was relatively short-lived and were difficult to find by the early 1970’s – but it seemed like they never stopped catching bass.

So it sense for Curtis’ new Loon Lake “wrinkle” was to actually use these 50 year old lures to catch some of Loon Lake’s bass.

The fact that it was too windy to fish plastic worms, currently his favorite bass catching technique, made it easy to fish a Shannon spinnerbait long enough to catch several nice bass.

Curtis Reed with a Loon Lake largemouth he fooled with a Shannon spinnerbait.

Curtis Reed with a Loon Lake largemouth he fooled with a Shannon spinnerbait.

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Pete Heley Outdoors 5 / 25 / 2016

The catch statistics for the first 3-day all-depth opener for spring halibut for the central Oregon coast sub-area. Through the first opener (May 12-14) the total landings are 50,838 pounds – or 39 percent. That left 79,200 pounds (61%) of the spring all-depth quota remaining. The remaining fixed open dates are: May 26-28; and June 2-4. The catch for second 3-day opener (May 19-21 was much lower due to poor weather and much lower fishing pressure – but as I write this still not counted.

The first opening had great weather which lead to very high effort, over 2,100 boat trips for the entire subarea. This was the largest effort for any spring open period in the last 4 years. Angler success rates varied by port with Garibaldi around 30% and Winchester Bay around 80%, with all other ports around 50%. The average size of fish landed was 17.4 pounds. There were at least 2 fish landed into Newport that were over 50 inches in length.

The nearshore halibut season for our sub-area will run seven days a week beginning on June 1st and the quota is 24,769 pounds. By nearshore, the ODFW means waters less than 40 fathoms or 240 feet deep.

Some good catches of dungeness crabs were finally made last weekend at Half Moon Bay.

Suspended moss has pretty much stopped spring chinook fishing above Scottsburg and even made fishing more difficult for anglers fishing for shad and smallmouth bass. Using a small bobber should help shad anglers deal with the moss and bass anglers will have less problems if they make shorter casts rather than long ones.

A few salmon are still being caught at Half Moon Bay by shorebound spinner flingers and Osprey Point, located behind Winchester Bay’s main RV park, has started producing salmon on spinners as well.

There were finally some boat limits of redtailed surfperch or “pinkfins” taken last week on the Umpqua River above Winchester Bay. Sand shrimp, when available, and Berkley Gulp sandworms have been the most productive baits. Many of the perch have been caught straight across the river from the entrance to the East Basin, but Markers 12, 15, 17 and 19 have all produced fish and one boat even reported catching a few pinkfins upriver as far as Gardiner.

Moe Dubois, owner of the Stockade Market in Winchester Bay will be holding his second annual “pinkfin” contest over Memorial Day Weekend. As I am writing this, the final details of the contest rules and prizes are being decided. But the contest will definitely be bigger than last year – and the prizes more impressive.

Lake Marie was stocked with 1,500 12-inch rainbow trout this week Florence-area lakes that also received trout this week include: Alder Lake (425 legals and 36 trophy rainbows); Cleawox Lake (2,225 legals and 36 trophies); Dune Lake (425 legals and 36 trophies); Georgia and North Georgia (75 12-inchers each); Perkins Lake (100 12-inchers and Siltcoos Lagoon (36 trophy rainbows.

If anyone is wondering why I started referring to the large rainbows being planted as trophy rainbows (as the ODFW refers to them) rather than the 16-inchers I was previously referring to them as, is because the ODFW recently changed the length designation of their trophy trout on the stocking schedule of their website from 16-inches to 15-inches.

For anglers willing to travel to catch planted trout, the Big Creek reservoirs in Newport are being very heavily stocked next week. Lower Big Creek Reservoir or Big Creek #, will receive 500 legals, 1,500 12-inchers, 1,500 14-inchers and 50 trophies. Big Creek Reservoir #2, located just upstream of #1, will receive 4,750 12-inchers, 1,500 14-inchers and 200 trophies.

Also being heavily planted next week are upper and lower Empire Lakes, which will each receive 3,000 legals and 150 trophies. Also being stocked next week are North and South Tenmile Lakes which will each receive 3,000 legal rainbows.

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Striped Bass Nice Bonus To Coquille River Smallmouth Trip.

A Tuesday afternoon trip to the Coquille River provided inconsistent smallmouth action. The first highlight was when my fishing partner, Dwayne Schwartz, hooked a sizable smallmouth on his crankbait – only to have another good-sized smallmouth grab the lure near the boat. Both bass lay on the water’s surface next to the boat while Dwayne how to proceed.

Unfortunately, the slightly smaller bass came off as I readied the net. The smallmouth that Dwayne landed weighed two pounds and six ounces while the bass that escaped appeared to weigh slightly over two pounds. Moments later, Dwayne lost an even larger smallmouth when it leaped and threw his crankbait near the boat. Dwayne estimated that the lucky lunker would have weighed between three and four pounds.

The smallmouth action tapered off about 5 pm, but by 7 pm, the striped bass had become more active. Dwayne lost two stripers and I landed an 18 or 19-incher that gave a good account of itself.

All fish were released, including the striper, since it was well under the 24-inch length required to be a legal catch.

We quit fishing before it became too dark to complicate the boat haulout. Perhaps on our next Coquille River trip we’ll fish a section where we can target largemouth bass and crappies. On this trip we fished near Myrtle Point, but a huge striper of more than 60 pounds was reportedly caught recently near Riverton and shown to at least one area business.

Dwayne Schwartz with the unlucky half of his smallmouth double.

Dwayne Schwartz with the unlucky half of his smallmouth double.

Pete Heley holds up a sublegal Coquille River striped bass.

Pete Heley holds up a sublegal Coquille River striped bass.

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CDFW News – Trees Moving to Higher, Cooler Elevations Study Shows.

Signature tree species in the high Sierra Nevada forests – including mountain hemlock, red fir and western white pine – are shifting toward higher, cooler elevations according to new research by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This study foreshadows how climate warming may significantly alter entire habitats for multiple species.

The CDFW researchers found that large areas of Plumas and Sierra counties no longer have much mountain hemlock, as much of the northern Sierra Nevada lacks the higher mountains the trees now need to persist. These conifer species that are shifting to higher elevations provide food for insects, birds and mammals, and help to build forest soil.

The report was published this week in the California Fish and Game 2016 Winter Issue.

In addition to research on high-elevation tree species in the northern Sierra Nevada, CDFW-funded researchers also recently concluded that 16 of 29 different types of natural vegetation communities in California are highly or near highly vulnerable to climate change by the end of the century. These include Pacific Coast saltmarsh, high montane conifer forest and Western North American freshwater marsh.

The climate vulnerability study was completed by researchers at UC Davis with funding from CDFW. Called “A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of California’s Terrestrial Vegetation,” the report can be found here. It was prepared in association with the CDFW’s State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 Update, and the research will help the department understand why certain ecosystems are more vulnerable to climate change and where species may be able to persist during unfavorable environmental conditions.

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Winchester Bay Surfperch Derby Update

MEMORIAL WEEKEND
PINK FIN DERBY
As a thank you to our customers we are again hosting our annual Pink Fin Derby over Memorial weekend. Last year’s winner walked away with a new fishing pole for being the person who caught the largest pink fin perch over the Memorial Day weekend.
As we grow so did our derby… This year every day of the Memorial Day Weekend is a separate derby with its own daily big fish prize. There is also a separate prize for the overall derby champion… the person with the heaviest 3 fish caught during the 3-day event!!!

To Enter:
All participants must register at the Stockade Market and Tackle before participating in the derby. Once registered you are in for the whole 3-day event. Registration begins at 6:00am on Saturday May 28th.
Entry into derby is $2.00 per person. Any customer who makes a minimum $5 purchase will earn a free entry for the derby. (Alcohol and tobacco products excluded)
Participants must then return to the Stockade Market on each day during the scheduled weigh in times with their largest fish to submit it for weighing.
Only one fish may be submitted per person on each day of the event.
Weigh in times are as follows-
Saturday May 28th 11:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday May 29th 11:00am – 6:00pm

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