Pete Heley Outdoors – 5/26/2014

Bass fishing has been very good in most of ponds and lakes in the area with the best fishing taking place in the early morning for small to medium-sized bass. For the most enjoyment, use light tackle and smaller ribbontail plastic worms in dark colors, which  seem  to work especially during the warm summer months.

Crappie fishing is fair at Loon Lake and the bluegill fishing is excellent with lots of seven to eight-inch fish. Now that the coastal streams are open, some interesting float trips available on Tenmile Creek and Siltcoos River. On Tenmile Creek, one can take a nearly five mile long float from Lakeside downstream to the “old highway 101 bridge” and then one person can make the one mile hike along the railroad tracks back to their parked vehicle. Fishing is good for small largemouth bass and fair for trout.

The float on the Siltcoos River features fewer, but larger fish with a chance at both rainbow and cutthroat trout topping 18-inches and largemouth bass weighing up to five pounds. The best stretch for fishing is between Siltcoos Lake and the dam on Siltcoos River – a distance of about three miles. The best place to park a car at the downstream end of the float is at the picnic area located just below the dam on the Siltcoos Beach Access Road. But the stream is big enough and slow enough so that someone could paddle or motor back upstream.

The Siltcoos River is a nationally acclaimed scenic waterway that sees numerous canoeists and kayakers each year – many bird watching, taking photographs or simply getting exercise. It always amazes me how few of these people bring their fishing gear along.

The redtailed surfperch run on the Umpqua River above Winchester Bay is now in full swing and so far, most of the fish are being caught during mid-tide periods of considerable water movement. As fishing pressure takes off and boat traffic increases, early morning fishing may become more important.

The proposed fee increases by the ODFW is slated to to be voted on this summer. While the proposed fee increases are to start in 2016, some of the more severe increases involve the combined angling tag, senior fishing licenses and pioneer licenses. However, virtually all rthe licenses will show healthy increases and if the proposal is enacted, there will be nearly across the board increases every two years.

I believe that most of Oregon’s hunters and anglers will continue to purchase their hunting and fishing licenses – despite their vows to do otherwise, but I and some of my friends purchase ODFW licenses each year that we do not use – thinking the ODFW can use the financial assistance – and these license purchases are likely to stop. In my case, each year I purchase a shellfish license, a combined angling tag and a second rod license that I could easily do without. For more information, visit the budget section of the ODFW website.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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