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Page 20 Hells Canyon Journal April 26, 1995 By Gus Garrigus Sponsored by: "Outfitting Hells Canyon Float Trips Since 1980" (503) 742-7238 (Editor's Note: The opin- ions contained in this column are those ofMr. Garrigus, and do not reflect the views of the column's sponsors, Canyon Outfitters of Halfway.) Local Fishing: The "gen- eral" trout season is now open. Local streams are running pretty high, pretty clear and quite cold. We haven't noted any great success, but there are undoubtedly some anglers like Harry, Carl, Marlene, Jack and others who managed a quick limit in spite of the ad- verse water temperature. Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam continues to run at high "run-off' levels pretty much limiting the opportuni- ties to catch a late winter or early spring steelhead, or trout. Water is flowing at 20,000 cubic feet per second and higher, and apparently will run this way for some time. In spite of contrary state- ments, Brownlee Reservoir is now 19 feet below full (Idaho Power had previously said it would be full on this date) and is slowly declining. The no- tion that this is for flood con- trol gives pause for thought, especially thinking of what might be downstream to the next several dams that could flood. Anyway, the water is clear- ing somewhat, and crappie are biting slowly. Four feet is a good depth to try them. Smallmouth bass are avail- able on the "structures ," brush piles, rocky points, shallows. Good fishingis available along the face of the dam, and some crappie are being taken in the Brownlee Arm. You can fish the Brownlee Arm with your Oregon fishing license but cannot fish the Powder River arm with your Idaho license. Catfishing is slow but steady in all reservoirs; trout are slow in Oxbow and Hells Canyon reservoirs. Yellow perch are biting throughout the area. Local Hunting: We hear of one handsome tom turkey being bagged by a local in Pine Valley, and surely there must be more. Turkey hunt- ing is very popular in Idaho. Larry and I saw two fellows in full camouflage, including their shotguns, on top of Pittsburg Saddle the other day. We've never seen a tur- key there, but there are lots of birds in that area. May 15 is coming closer. Get your big game tags at your local license agent. Northeast: Steelhead fish- ingis fair on the lower Grande Ronde, Imnaha, Wenaha and Wallowa rivers. Good brook and rainbow trout fishing is available at Bull Prairie Res- ervoir, and the road is usable by car. Like lots of other wa- ters, the' John Day River closed to steelheading a week or so ago. Southeast: Nothing but "fair" reports here. Statewide: The lower Rogue River is good for spring chinook. The upper and middle Rogue remains good for steelhead and the same at Applegate Reservoir. If you are interested in stockers, try Coffenberry, Sunset or Cullaby lakes and the Vernonia Pond. Sturgeon fishing is remain- ing good for boaters on the Columbia River in the Gorge and Estuary. Of Interest: Want to fish a lot and make money, too? Get your free "Squawfish Kit" and go fishing for fun and profit. Squawfish 11 inches and over are worth $3 apiece. If you catch 100, the prices goes up to $4; bag 400 or more and the bounty goes to $5. Spend all your time fishing for pay, starting May 1. Phone Bonneville Power at 1-800- 622-45420 to get your free squawfish starter kit. Accord- ing to BPA, "A whole new way to bring home the bacon." We often comment on the shrinking salmon runs, not only in numbers but also in size. Penny Sabin shares an article from Scientific Ameri- can that reveals some very interesting facts: There are some 25 billion salmon smolts entering the ocean each year. Of these, some five-and-a-half billion are of hatchery origin. The Japanese salmon runs are sustained almost entirely by hatcheries. Russian and American fish are mostly "wild" fish hatched in rivers and streams. Scientists now find a "precipitous decline" in the Pacific Ocean zooplank- ton population in the last 44 years which has resulted in smaller salmon. The smaller salmon don't build redds (spawning beds) as well as larger fish and their spawn is smaller, weaker and less likely to survive. Much of the zooplankton decline is caused by E1 Nino . Prices Effective: April 26-29 Pepsi Products 6 pk. 12 oz cans ............. $1.99+ Crunch Berries Capt. Crunch ............. 15 oz.$3,29 Tomatoes W.F. whole ................................... 16 oz .55 Spaghetti or Macaroni W.F ............ 64 oz. $2.49 Broccoli ........................................ bunch $1.09 lb. Zucchini ...................................................... 59 lb. D'Anjou Pears ................................................... 59 lb. Pork Back Ribs .................................. $1.39 lb. Chicken Bologna or Franks o ll Master 16 oz. 79 Bacon ...................................................... $1.29 lb. Apple Pie Mrs. Smith's ............... 2 lb. 14 oz. $3.99 Hot Pockets assorted .............. ............ 9 oz.$2.09 (Japanese current) or the Southern Oscillation. Atlan- tic salmon suffer from the North Atlantic Oscillation. Late research reveals the abundance of pink, chum and sockeye salmon is directly re- lated to the expansion and contraction of the Aleutian low-pressure index, an enor- mous winter weather system. "Nature's pretty tricky," says Ray Hilborn of the Uni- versity of Washington. "A lot of changes are going on out there that we can't control." So, in addition to the dra- matic decline of smolts from the Columbia, Snake and many other rivers, the feed is just not in the ocean to sus- tain the smolts that escape the ravages of the dams. In Ashland, Oregon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser- vice has established the world's only Forensic Labora- tory for wildlife. Lately, the lab has been busily examin- ing wolves killed in Montana and Idaho. The wolf shot within a week of its release into Idaho wilds was fiext to a dead calf. The autopsies of both animals revealed the calf had died of lung congestion, but the wolf had the remains of another calf in its stomach. All this is most confusing. Another wolf, reported to have died from gunshot wounds, was found on autopsy to have died of impact with a car. FIRE FIGHTER TRAINING NORTHEAST OREGON The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Or- egon State Department of Forestry will be Offering Wildland Fire Fighters Training June 19-23, 1995. This training is designed for people who will be working on the fireline using hand tools. This is extremely physical work. After completion of the training, you may be expected to be available and away from home.for a period up to 21 days. Success- ful completion of training is not a guarantee of em- ployment. Prior to attending the session, successful comple- tion of a "Step Test" and a background and physical screening process will be required. This screening process wlU certify that successful applicants can do strenuous physical work. Persons applying must also be at least 18 years old at the time of the training. If interested in becoming a wildland firefighter, please stop by local Forest Service Offices and com- plete an application form by May 13, 1995. Individuals who have previously completed the Wildland Firefighter Course and wish to be consid-llI ered for employment should also contact theT llll Forest Service Office. , For further information contact: C. Hiebert or S. Snider Burnt Powder Fire Zone 3165 10th Street Baker City, OR 97814 (503) 523-4476 Brenda Younker La Grande RD 3502 Hwy 30 La Grande, OR 97850 (503) 963-7186 Tamie Neve oi" Bruce Hawkins Wallowa Mountains Fire Zone 88401 Hwy 82 Enterprise, OR 97828 (503} 426-4978 '1" ~Z 3 !7 i ~. .=. .= j