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Page 20 Hells Canyon Journal May 8, 1996-- THE 0 By Gus Garrigus "'()utfittmg Hells Canyon Float Trips (541) 742-7238 I I Since 1980" (Editor's note: The opin- and dirty for effective fish- him his grandmother's pat- ions expressed in this column ing, butNorth Pine, East Pine -ented system for taking the are those ofMr. Garrigus, and and Clear Creek are clear muddy taste out ofthese fish. do not reflect the views of the enough, and the water level We trustingly brought back a column's sponsors, Canyon has dropped so these streams bunch of cutthroat, about 16 Outfitters of Halfway.) are productive. George tells inches and larger. Joe fol- me the fish in Summit Creek lowed his recipe and served L cal Fishing: The huge aremostlyDollyVardentrout up a wonderful mess of runoff on Snake River is ap- and must be released, un- muddy-tasting, inedible fish. parently over, as the flows harmed back into the water. Pinch the barb offyour hook, have declinefrom50,000-plus Other Eagle Creek tributar- and then you can ease the cubic feet per second to about ies and Eagle itself are clear fish off without harm. 35,000 cfs. The water has now enough to manage a quick Northeast: Thief Valley warmed to 52 degrees. Fish- limit, and Unity reservoirs are pro- ing at this water level is still Local Hunting: The local ducing lots of rainbows to 14 pretty tough, but if you know turkeyseasonopened onAprilinches and larger. a good back eddy, you can 14 and runs through May 31. Statewide: Klamath, catch lots of very nice trout, We know of several huntersAgencyand Lake oftheWoods so.me bass, catfish and stur- who have been successful, offer the only acceptable fish- geon. Thewateris stillpretty The annual limit is two tur- ing for rainbows at present. dirty, but is clearing as the keys, one per day. You canThe upper Rogue River still water level declines, buy your turkey tag any time has lots of winter steelhead, Hells Canyon Reservoir is during the season. Turkeysand lots of limit catches come dandyforchannelcatfish, lots " are hunted with your trusty from here. Most coastal of tiny crappie and small- shotgun, 10 gauge to 20 streams are closed to angling mouth bass. gauge, using shot no larger until May 25 to protect the Oxbow Reservoiris fair for thanBB and no smaller thandownstream migrating crappie, again with lots of number 6. Lots of reports of smolts. In my youth, we used little ones, bass and trout, turkey sightings in upper to fish the area streams and Brownlee Reservoir is now Pine Valley and along the fill our creel with steelhead 60 feet below full. Lotsoflarge road atop the west wall. and salmon smolts, all run- crappiecanbefound, thebass Southeast: Many waters ning about seven inches. At bite right well off the points are unreachable, due to snow that time the limit was 30 and structures, and trout can and thawing. Mann Lake is fish over sixinches. Tillamook be found in catchable num- the only bright spot if you Bay and the Columbia River bers off the little inlet like huge; muddy-tasting from Bonneville to the estu- streams: trout. One year, one of myary are red hot for sturgeon. Pine Creek is still too high hunting chums brought withBut be aware the John Day Price! 541-523-3457 3220 Ash Street Baker City 1 I-5 PM and McNary pools are closed to retention of sturgeon. Of Interest: Another am- bitious plan by the Corps of Engineers has resulted in a near disaster. The Corps was putting in a 400-foot bypass system at Lower Granite Dam. on the Snake River until the massive runoff, and delays in getting materials, stopped work before it could be com- pleted. This resulted in nitro- gen bubbles appearing in about 30 percent of the down- stream migrant smolts. A scientific panel hired by the Northwest Power Plan- ning Council has concluded that massive drawdowns of the reservoirs are the best potential method of insuring survival of salmon and steel- head in the Snake and Co- lumbia River systems The panel criticized barging and truck transportation and the efforts of the hatcheries as failures because of their in- terference with the "wild" fish. The Indian tribes praised the scientists' report. Indus- trial river users and recreationists, with irrigation users, panned the report, say- ing it ignored the problems. The Hells Canyon Preser- vation Council was invited to appear betbre Congressman Wes Cooley's committee hear- ing on Cooley's bill to pro- hibit the Forest Service from banning power boats on Snake River for a portion of the summer. Cooley spokes-. man Dave Redmond observed that it is unusual for oppo- nents of bills to be allowed to testify. The council has been unsuccessful in appearing at Idaho Senator Larry Craig's hearings on the bill. The ODFW schedule for stocking trout is available by calling 541-757-4186. Again this year the North- west Power Planning Coun- cil is promoting"fish-for-pay" in a continuing effort to elimi- nate squaw fish predation in the Snake and Columbia riv- ers. Claiming that a large squaw fish can eat as many as 21 smolts per day, the coun- cil believes that last year smolt predation was reduced by 20 percent by its pay-to- catch-squaw-fish program. We do know one fisherman who did very well by catching lots of squaw fish and turn- ing them in at any number of stations along the Columbia. Big Game Controlled Hunt Deadline is May 15 Apply early and avoid long lines. Hunters must apply at a "Point of Sale" license agent. Local POS Agents Are: Big V - Baker City Pay Less - Baker CRy York's Park Grocery - Baker City Old Pine Sports Shop - Halfway Richland Hitching Post- Richland Seotty's Hell'= Canyon Service-Oxbow Prices Effective: May 8 - 11 Kraft Phil. Cream Cheese .......................... 8 oz. 79 Miller Quarts ' 95 + dep. Pork & Beans W.F .................................. 30 oz. 79 Ruffles Chips asstd ................................ 14 oz. $1.99 Watermelon ..... : ....................................................... 20 lb. Yellow Onions ....................................................... 16 lb. Red Delicious Apples ............ : ......................... 69 lb. Pork Cutlette ...................................................... $3.89 lb. Td-Tip Steak ....................................................... $2.49 lb. Royele Be(on .................................................... $1.39 lb. Cool Whip ....... : ............................................... 12 oz. $1.59 Benquast Fried Chicken .................... 25 0z.. $2.89