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OREGON: Anglers are Encouraged (but not required) to Use Barbless Hooks

Monday, August 15th, 2011

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN  (trout, Dungeness crab, chinook salmon,)

Trout fishing is now open in most area streams. Artificial flies and lures must be used in streams above tidewater. Anglers are reminded that the South Fork Coquille River from the USFS boundary near Powers up to Coquille River Falls is closed to all fishing, including the tributaries in this section.

Most area streams have native cutthroat trout. If planning to catch and release, anglers are encouraged (but not required) to use barbless hooks and fish when temperatures are cooler, to minimize mortality.

There have been a few chinook salmon caught recently from Bandon up to Rocky Point on the Coquille River. Salmon fishing has been best on incoming tides using cut plug herring behind a flasher.

Crabbing has been decent on the lower Coquille estuary. The better crabbing areas are downstream of the Highway 101 Bridge.

DIAMOND LAKE (rainbow trout)

The algae advisory for Diamond Lake was lifted Aug. 9. Fishing remained about the same this past weekend. The hatches are still occurring so anglers are competing with natural food for catching trout. Anglers are still having success trolling, fishing PowerBait off the bottom, or by matching the hatch with flies. Fishing the south end is becoming increasingly more successful as the water temperatures increase and the trout seek cooler areas.

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Dept of Fish & Wildlife


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OREGON: Anglers Lit Up the Summer Steelhead Over the Weekend

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Willamette Valley/Metro

Columbia River Gorge anglers lit up the summer steelhead over the weekend with some boats reporting double digit opportunities. On average, boaters working the swift water took a whopping 2.4 steelhead per boat with the bulk of those fish of wild origin. The action is good but be prepared to release fish; only steelhead and adipose fin-clipped chinook jacks may be retained through August 1st.

August 1st marks the opener of the mainstem for chinook with or without an adipose fin-clip. Although action won’t heat up for several more weeks, steelheaders that incidentally hook an adult chinook will be allowed to retain it. Steelhead action, particularly in the gorge, is likely to remain excellent as peak passage at Bonneville is still to come.

Chinook and steelhead numbers at Willamette Falls have moderated to a little over 100 per day for each species. Over 41,000 springers and about 20,000 summers have been counted this season. Fly fishers are doing well on the Middle Fork for trout and steelhead.

The entire McKenzie River is in excellent shape and fishing well. Results are best on days with cloud cover or early and late when it’s sunny.

The North Santiam is expected to show a marked improvement in steelhead results in late July and early August.

Clackamas anglers are taking a few summers with first light fishing most productive.

A few steelhead and springers are being hooked at first light on the Sandy. The upper reaches between Dodge Park and Cedar Creek are producing the best for anglers using small baits or spinners.

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COLORADO: Anglers Can’t Wrong, Fly Fishing, Spin-Casting or Trolling

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Early June has brought a mixed outlook for anglers across the state. While stream fishermen bemoan high, discolored water almost everywhere, their still-water counterparts have been finding some of the best fishing of the entire year. On the downside, the annual spring runoff, fueled by an exceptionally heavy snowpack in almost every major river basin, is in full swing. With recent warm temperatures, free-flowing rivers have been rising daily. With continued warm weather in the immediate forecast, the trend is expected to continue.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board is monitoring streams and rivers on both sides of the Continental Divide, especially in the northern part of the state, and has warned of potential flooding in parts of the Yampa River drainage. The CWCB also is watching conditions on Front Range streams such as Clear Creek at Georgetown, the Big Thompson in Estes Park and the Cache La Poudre in the vicinity of Fort Collins and Greeley, and Denver Water has issued an advisory for unusually high flows expected in the Blue River below Dillon Dam.

With many tributary creeks also swollen with snowmelt, and even some streams below dams running high, the Frying Pan River below Ruedi Dam and the several tailwater sections of the South Platte at present offer the best prospects for stream fishing.

The scene is much brighter for lake fishermen. Water temperatures are slowly rising, and trout are active in the popular mid-elevation lakes and reservoirs. Anglers can hardly go wrong, whether fly fishing, spin-casting, trolling or fishing with a variety of baits, where permitted. Warmer weather also has opened up additional higher-elevation waters such as Steamboat Lake and Taylor Reservoir.

Though the season has been a bit delayed, trout are hungry there. As winter loosens its grip and additional segments of the high country become accessible, anglers are celebrating the hot times of ice-out fishing in a mountain setting. Early June also is a peak time for warmwater fishing. Water temperatures have climbed into an optimal range and the bite is on. Crappie have been active in northern Front Range impoundments such as Lonetree, Boedecker and Boyd reservoirs, as well as southeastern waters including John Martin Reservoir and Blue Lake (Adobe Creek
Reservoir).

In the southwest, Navajo Reservoir features good fishing for crappie. Fishing with live minnows and small jigs are favorite techniques for
crappie; brushy areas of a lake or the rip rap along a dam face are productive areas. Fishing for smallmouth bass has been consistently good at Horsetooth Reservoir. Boyd Reservoir offers both largemouth and smallmouth bass, and Pueblo Reservoir is a perennial favorite among bass fishermen. Walleyes, wipers, white bass, channel catfish and bluegills complete the list of Colorado’s common warmwater species.

With summer finally here, the time is right to catch some.

Colorado
Division of Wildlife
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LOUISIANA: Wind Foiling Anglers on Lake Pontchartrain

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011


Anglers across coastal Louisiana who have not let the wind cause them too much worry have found some excellent inshore saltwater fishing despite the sustained blow. Case in point was a quick trip I made to fish the train trestle in Lake Pontchartrain on yesterday morning (April 25) with Capt. Travis Miller and Danny Templet.

We believed we were going to be able to get in a few hours of fishing before the wind really started to howl, but the rolling waves that greeted us as we rounded the corner by The Dock just after departing Dockside Bait and Tackle made it clear that, even at daylight, we were already too late.

As the captain of the ship, LouisianaSportsman.com user Miller (of Millertime Fishing Charters) pointed his 24-foot Blazer Bay toward trestle marker 175 rather than to the south, where he knew we would find calmer water.

“I think we’re going to try to get what we can off the north side of the bridge before the wind gets too bad,” Miller pointed out as we idled under the Highway 11 Bridge. “If we can pick up a few here, I’ll feel a lot better fishing around the crowd down on the south side a little later. Anyway, it looks like we’ve got this side all to ourselves.”

Indeed we did. Save for a few passing boats that were headed to the south side of the trestle, we had no company on the north side of the bridge. We stayed on the east side of the trestle where the southeast wind pushed us almost parallel to the bridge.

Almost immediately, Miller’s decision was proved out to be the right call. Speckled trout up to 4 pounds started hitting the deck and, except for an occasional barrage of rollers, the wind wasn’t bad enough to make us leave biting fish just for the comfortable confines of the protected south side.

All three of us began our morning throwing Lemon Drop Hybrid minnows on 3/8-ounce lead-head jigs. Miller reminded Templet (aka Choppa2909)and me that he had caught most of his trout just a few days before on subtle short hops rather than violently popping his bait off the bottom. That same retrieve was exactly what the fish wanted again this morning.

While we were pitching and casting our baits to the pilings beneath the trestle, nearly all of our bites came about 15 yards away from the bridge out in open water. Whether the fish were following our baits or simply positioned away from the structure, we couldn’t tell, but we made sure to work our baits all the way back to the boat.

As the bite slowed a little, I switched to a Blue Moon Deadly Dudley Terror Tail plastic with a chartreuse tail, and the bite picked up again. Only now, as the wind began to blow harder and harder, I thought a more noticeable retrieve was in order.

I started popping my bait up really hard for two pops before letting it fall back to the bottom. Most of the bites from then on were from fish that were just sitting on our baits as we moved to pop them again.

Before we finally decided the wind was getting to be too much for us to stay on the trout on the north side of the bridge, Miller, Templet and I decided to try out some prototype soft plastics that Chas Champagne had hand poured for us earlier in the morning back at Dockside Bait and Tackle.

Since they weren’t fully cured, he had super-glued them onto some 3/8-ounce jig heads and tossed them into Miller’s ice chest. These particular prototypes were clear with black flake. However, we all noticed that they had a subtle green tint to them when held in the sunlight.

As it turned out, the trout loved them, and a 4-pound trout, our largest of the day, fell for one of Champagne’s hand-poured plastics.

Before wrapping up our day, Miller, Templet and I tried the south side of the old Twin Span and the south side of the trestle, but the only place we could get bit was on the north side of the trestle. That’s where we concluded our day by adding a few more fish to our tally of 34.

Not too bad of a day considering the wind was howling.

Chris Ginn
Louisiana Sportsman Magazine


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