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Page 20 Hells Canyon Journal May 13, 1998 iscoT ,sllI Hells Canyon Outdo:r Supply 785 3367 by John Garrigus Sponsored by: Local: Recent rainy weather has done little to settle the rivers and streams, and spring run-off is still a major force in determining the fishability of many of the local waters. Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam has been flow- ing at 32,000 cubic feet per second and is 55 degrees. Brownlee Reservoir is full for all intents and purposes and is currently being held at two feet below full pool, Tempera- ture of the water flowing through Brownlee and Ox- bow dams is 57 degrees, so most of the warm water game fish should be starting to bite. Still, most anglers on the res- ervoirs are having to fish rather deep for crappie. At present, not much serious action from the cat fishers, although one Nampa man gave up on crappie and caught a nice mess of cats in Hells Can- yon Reservoir, and enough undersize bass to make his casting arm sore. Smoother waters should improve fish- ing wherever you cast. Trout may still be had below the dams in the tailraces. McKay Reservoir is about 90 percent full and has some fair-to-good warm-water fish angling. Be reminded the bag limit for McKay is threebass per day with a 15-inch mini- mum. Many of the area's lakes and ponds have been stocleed with legal-sized trout as well as surplus adult steelhead. In such ponds as RD Mac, Roulette and Marr, steelhead placed in these waters are considered trout. Bag limits include one fish over 20 inches in these waters. Steelhead- ing has ended in most wa- ters, although hope can still spring eternal below Hells Canyon Dam. Southeast: Mann Lake is starting to pick up, and the wily angler can usually catch a few nice 14- to 20-inch-plus cutthroats. Catch-and-re- lease is a good idea because, to my taste, these great fight- ing and great.appearing trout are ndarly inedible. Mann Lake is on the way to the hunting camp up above the Alvord and holds a lot of good memories. Word from Dad's buddies is that the camp will be rebuilt (it was destroyed by a-range fire shortly after Dad died), maybe in time to use when we take him up on the mountain this fall. No doubt we'll give Mann Lake another go at that time. The Blitzen River has been high and off-color due to the weather and snow melt but is becoming more fishable as the weather settles. On the Blitzen, anglers are asked to release the large red-bands migrating to upstream spawning areas. Malheur River conditions are still un- settled due to runoffand sub- sequent water release. Some nice 20-inch rainbows are being taken above Riverside. The Malheur Reservoir is pro- ducing some good catches of 15- to 20-inch 'bows, but the roads are still in poor condi- tion. Chickahominy is usu- ally a good bet this time of year for trout. Duncan Reser- voir ice is clearing, and rain- bow angling is fair. Ana River and Ana Reservoir are both improving and now may be the best time to fish these waters as the buzz bugs are pretty lively later in the season. Willamette: Chinook and steelhead are both starting to show in the waters of the Willamette and other west- ern Oregon rivers. This time" of the year, some streams hold representatives of three dif- ferent runs in the same wa- ter. The Sandy River fish in- clude downstream winter hatchery fish, upstream na- tive fish and summer steel- head as well as spring chi- nook. The Clackamas is drop- ping and the color is improv- ing as well. Winter steelhead are present from the mouth to River Mill Dam. Reports of chinook are beginning to come from the lower river. Detroit Reservoir sees fairly steady pressure this time of year, and there's been a good carry- over of previously stocked fish, with lots of 10- to 12- inch 'bows. Some kokanee are being taken at Detroit as well. Hunting: Hopefully, as you read this, it will not be too late to still meet the May 15 deadline for your 1998 Controlled Hunt applications. Take a few moments now and avoid cussing yourself later, come big game season. ODFW is saying overloaded com- puter systems could spell trouble for Oregon hunters waiting until the last minute to apply, and as of last week, tens of thousands of hunters had yet to do so. Two years ago, hunters purchased up to 40,000 applications per day in the final week of the appli- cation period. Point-of-Sale computers became over- loaded, bogged down and eventually crashed. License agents across the state were left with long lines of angry customers (mad at everything and everyone but themselves) who then had to fill out mail- order applications to apply for their hunts. Turkey season will con- tinue through the end of this month. Have heard a few lo- cal success stories (most amazing that some of the birds were tender enough to barbeque). This is an oppor- tunity that may be new to some of you and you should try this growing sport. There's still a very high population of coyotes through eastern Oregon. Reports of ~||l|ngaiDm|i|mn|maam~ I I I I ICENEX/[JkND O'LAKES AG SERVICESI ' I ! I I I i ! ! I I Serving Richland - Halfway I * #2 Diesel * #1 Stove Oil I * Unleaded * Cenex Lubricants * Premium Unleaded I Call Mike 541-742-2345 Bus. I I Halfway, Oregon 541-742-6736 Home I L mm ... mm --. um mm mm mm mm ~, mm mm mm mm mm -m --. m mm m J extra bushy tails aren't exag- gerated. For those who like to call and shoot, look near agri- cultural areas and deer win- tering spots. Another lazy Sunday sport this time of year is the pursuit of sage rats. Most good varmint shooting occurs on private land, so al- ways seek landowner permis- sion before you start to shoot. Of Interest: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is presently in the midst of a $20 million study of the feasi- bility of three options to de- termine the best way to save the endangered Snake River fish runs. Although not mak- ing any specific recommen- dations as of yet, Corps offi- cials appear to be seriously considering the removal of parts of four dams as the best way to attempt salvation of the runs. Other options: maintaining the present sys- tem or drawing down the res- ervoirs. Since its quite ap- parent the present system isn't doing much to maintain the runs, and it would appear the time for study has been extended beyond any practi- cal expectation of results, maybe we should begin to face up to the fact that what seems to be the most difficult solu- tion is as often, the correct one. If the runs are to be saved, can still be saved, we will all be forced to make some very real sacrifices. 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