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Page 7 HeUs Canyon Journal February 18, 2004 by John Garri us The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, in coopera- tion with their Washington State counterparts, have adopted this year's seasons for commercial and sport an- gling (non-native) in the Co- lumbia River. The seasons will provide "abundant" op- portunities to take advantage of the above average runs this year of hatchery-reared spring chinook. Also adopted were new rules to further pro- tect wild salmon and steel- head taken while pursuing hatchery fish. The recreational season on the Columbia below the In- terstate 5 bridge will remain open until this season's quo- tas are met. Above the I-5 bridge, to McNary Dam, the season will open March 15. Oregon and Washington both agreed to rules that would prohibit anglers from totally removing wild salmon and steelhead from the water while (hopefully) removing the hook without causing stress. While fishery managers hope to keep this once very popular fishery open until late March and into April, the sea- son will be closed when the allowable numbers of "im- pacts" to wild and endangered fish are reached. Fish man- agers stress that, as the clo- sure is dependent upon im- pacts to wild fish, even ap- proximating an end to the seasons would be mostly guesswork at this time. 500,000 fish, the second high- est total since counts began in 1938. About 70 to 80 per- cent of this run will be marked with a clipped adipose fin, which by now we should rec- ognize as usually a keeper. Biologists estimate this year's take of fish on the mainstem Columbia will be around 50,000 fish, split between sport and commercial anglers. For commercial anglers, this year's rule changes in- cluded an increase in mesh sizes as well as earlier and more numerous test fisheries in order to decrease the num- ber of wild steelhead handled. On-board recovery boxes, as well as observers to keep count of wild fish, will also be required. After test fisheries have been conducted, seasons will be set to mainly target fish headed for the Willa- mette River hatcheries, avoid conflict with sport anglers and minimize impacts to wild steelhead. Traditionally, the arrival of spring chinook on the Co- lumbia has been a boon to both commercial interests as well as those who enjoy the year's first fresh salmon on the barbecue or otherwise. Along with the arrival of spring chinook, smelt have also been showing in good numbers in the lower Colum- bia. While I have not heard definite information as to the smelts' arrival in the tribu- tary rivers as yet, it should be Biolo sts have predicted I ! this year s run to be around I ]$ER] AND 1 ASSOCIATES se P2i::s E gf :r:i:lnil:sef:?e HELP WANTED REAL ESTATE MOVING SALE the already thin ranks of this year's team. Dan Kaesemeyer, Eric Lower, Ian Lower and Karl Young all played their final game for Pine Eagle last weekend. With all the experience this year's sophomore's gained at the varsity level, next year's team could be very competi- tive when the school's athlet- ics programs are reclassified to the 1A level. Several talented eight graders will come into the high school, and there will be room on the roster. VEHICLES SERVICES MISC. FOR SALE I I /I i o] I tel I [o] 91 but a short wait before it is time to go dip a few hundred fish or so. As yet there are no license requirements in Or- egon or Washington to par- take in this fun and tasty activity, but there are bag limits that vary by state. As the salmon move upriver, most anglers will target the waters near the mouths of tributary streams along the Columbia such as the Lewis, Cowlitz, Kalama and Sandy, working through the tide changes and trolling herring, either cut, plugged or whole. Others bounce eggs and shrimp or use lures of various types. A diver set-up works well in some locations, particularly near the Mult- nomah Channel. Local: Angling for steelehead has been good or better below Hells Canyon Dam. There are most likely still quite a few of the 1,000 recycled steelhead available in Hells Canyon Reservoir. Any trout over the length of 20 inches is considered a steel- head, and only one per day may be retained. Trout angling has been fair in Oxbow Reservoir. Brown- lee has been fair for crappie and perch, with the fish hold- ing at around 16 feet. Some large trout are possible here as well as near stream mouths. The recent snowmelt should tart more fish mov- ing upriver on the Umatilla. Increased flows will bring more fish upriver on the John Day as well. Steelheading has been fair below Cottonwood Bridge but will improve in the next few days with the current weather patterns. As river flows drop, try the lower Grande Ronde and Imna- ha for clipped-fin steelhead. lg, arJne: Perch angling in the coastal estuaries has been fair. Some large striped perch have been landed of late in the Tillamook and Yaquina estuaries. When seas allow, angling for red tail surfperch has been fair and better. Bait anglers have been tak- ing increasing numbers of herring in Yaquina Bay. As of this writing, there are no closures for shellfish on the coast. Razor clamming is open from north of Tillamook Head to the Co- lumbia. The rest of coast is open to clamming for all other species coastwide. Bay crabbing has been fair to good, as well. Be reminded that all per- sons 14 and over must have a recreational shellfish license in their possession to take crabs, clams, abalone, mus- sels, piddock, scallops, shrimp or other marine vertebrae with a shell. Northwelt: The Alsea has been good for winter steel- head. As of February 6, the CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE IS 10:00 AM MONDAY Alsea hatchery had trucked over 1,000 hatchery steelhead back to the lower river to give anglers increased chances. This will be the first year that wild broodstock steelhead will be returning to the Alsea Hatchery and should extend the angling here into March. Be sure and release un- harmed any wild, unclipped steelhead. The Nehalem and North Fork Nehalem have been fair. Anglers may call 503-368- 5670 for recorded angling in- formation. Big Creek has been slow for winter steelhead but is improving as the water drops and clears after recent rains. A recorded message contain- ing information concerning angling here is available as well at 503-458-6529. The Salmon River has been slow for hatchery steelhead. The Siletz has been good for steelhead with the major- ity of action located near Moonshine Park. Fish are being recycled here, as well, to further the angler's fun. On the Siuslaw and else- where, anglers are reminded that only fin-clipped .steel- head may be retained. Best possibilities are near Whit- taker Creek and Lake Creek on the mainstem. The Trask, Wilson and Kilchis rivers are all improv- ing since water levels have dropped. Good numbers of fish are available with more and more wild fish showing up in the catch. Grab the rain gear and head to the coast. Angling will generally improve from now until late March, and this year's large returns make the probability of success very favorable. ELKHORN BOOT & SHOE REPAIR Re irs Boots, Shoes & Tack and Care New Boou Gary & Cindy Johansen, Owners 2120 Third Street Baker City, Oregon 97814 (541) 523-4837 1-800-36-4837 ) We Offer: US TIMBER CO in Baker City, OR is seeking dry chain lumber pull- ers and experienced forklift driv- ers. Must pass pre-employment drug screen. Insurance benefits available after 90 days. 401k of- fered after 1 year. Apply in person. 600 David Eccles Rd., Baker City, OR. 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