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Page 16 Hells Canyon II II IIII Journal May 29, 1996 By Gus Garrigus REPORT Sponsored by: Outfitters i INC m "'()ulfilting Hells Canyon Floal Trips Since 1980" (541) 742-7238 (Editor's note: The opin- ions expressed in this column are those of Mr. Garrigus, and do not reflect the views of the column's sponsors, Canyon Outfitters of Halfway.) Local Fishing: This has been the most miserable spring, weather-wise, in our long experience. Along with the thunderstorms and lots of rain, we are blessed with a stiff and chilling north wind. Lots of folks will tell you the fish don't bite during a north wind. We have always as- sumed the fish will bite, but standing in the chill awaiting them is more than all but the toughest care to endure. Anyway, Pine Creek is probably fishable now, al- though it is running upside down as we write. The upper tributaries, as well as Eagle Creek and tributaries, are clear, if very high, and pro- duce some nice trout for the toughest. Powder River is running bottoms up and is quite high: Brownlee Reser- voir is probably full as you A Bull for the The snow was deep for the 1951 Rocky Mountain elk season. Lovell Bennett and his father, Ianthus, were hunting in their hip boots, on Sheep Rock Trail up East Eagle. It was steep country, al: most to Gold King when Ianthus shot a six point, both sides, bull elk. It took the two of them two trips to "drag it out through the snow. Delbert Moulton con- tinues the story: "There are three of us locally who are official measur- ers for the first official Oregon Big Game Book, sanctioned by Boone and Crockett. When we had a two day measuring here in Baker City, we were told about the big bull Ianthus got years ago. So we set up an appointment to get the rack measured. Nathan Hull and I did the measuring on May 15, 1996." The Official Record Book rules specify a minimum read this, but as we write, it is still about 12 feet below full. Great success is reported by most all the fishermen for channel catfish, bass, mostly large trout and lots of nice crappie. There are also lots of Silver Dollar shaking size. Move immediately if you get started with these. Some bluegill endanger the catches, as they seem to be in the area where the crappie are found. Oxbow Reservoir is super for large trout and channel catfish. Some catches can be found here along with lots of(mostly sub-legal) bass. If you have a boat, try urider- neath the Brownlee spill- ways. There is one spot by the left hand side (or right hand if you are looking down- stream), where you can sit very still without anchoring, and this seems to be our ih- vorite spot for a whole bunch of nice-sized crappie. Hells Canyon Reservoir is still full of dirty water, but the fish don't really care, as they can see well enough to strike your lure or bait. Inci- dentally, lots of good anglers are using the "stink" baits with outstanding results. The Snake River below Hells Canyon Dana is pretty high, almost 30,000 cubic feet per second, and the water is 56 degrees cool. If you can find a likely spot out of the very heavy current, you can do quite well on rainbows and smallmouth bass. Catfishing attracts numerous fishermen, as do the sturgeon. Sturgeon must be released, unharmed, in the water, and this some- times makes it difficult to measure your fish so you can brag on him while he contin- ues to swim, waiting for your mess of bait for the next go- around. The high lakes should be accessible by now, although we have no fresh news of them. Duck Lake is generally good just as soon as you can get into it. Brownlee Reservoir filled very rapidly, having risen 47 feet in seven days. All this time the release from Hells Record Book IANTHUS BENNETT taken in 1951. Photo courtesy of Ilnthul Bennett and therack from his record bull elk, score of 300 for elk taken with a rifle. Ianthus' bull measured tip to tip 36-1/8 inches; the greatest spread was 46-6/8 inches. The total score was 340-6/8 points. The deadline for measur- ing is June 15, 1996. Offi- cial measurers are Delbert Moulton, 541-523-5934; Nathan Hull, 541-523-3308 and Robby Porter, 541-856- 3654. Canyon Dam was more than ing there if only planters ar, e 25,000 cubic feet per second, available. Striped bass fish- Lots of runoff this spring, ing is fair to red-hot in Smith Local Hunting: Get your River tidewater. As usual,.the turkey befbre tomorrow night Columbia River is red-hot for orforgethimibranotheryear, sturgeon; 612 sturgeon were Southeast: As promised, taken by 51 boats. here is the up-to-date info on Of Interest: We decry the Mann Lake. As we rode down proliferation of open seasons the Wildhorse Valley road, for the offshore fishery. At we found that Ten Cent Lake, present the area south of Port Juniper Lake and Tudor Orford is open for taking Chi- Lakes were full to overflow- nook only. This season will ing. There were three camps close on July 7, re-open on on the shore and several fly- August 16 and run through fishing experts were fishing, September 30. A district court wearing chest waders, and federal judge recently ruled were almost up to the tops of there will be no change in theirwaders.Thefishingwas present regulations.. Ric pretty good, and all these Bailey, Executive Director of anglerswerereleasingevery- the Hells Canyon Preserva- thing they landed. The tion Council, and one of the weather did not cooperate, group of preservationists, raining all day, every day, somehow found the ruling to and being a warm weather be a "victory" although they fisherman, we did not try for lost every item of their suit. the Lahonten Cutthroats that Crappie are the subject of inhabit the lake. We plan an elaborate study being done another trip to the hunting at Emigrant Lake by the Or- camp in October and will try egon Department ofFish and again.As spring prevails over Wildlife. Crappie have been a the chilly blast of winter, try target of hungry fishermen Chickahominy Reservoir, for over 60 years, but in re- Krumbo Reservoir and cent times the catch has Delintment Lake. We have hardly averaged four inches. found lots of nice and larger Estimating the number of rainbowsseeminglyanytime crappie, eight inches and we tried. Klamath and longer, they are considering Agency lakes have lots of a minimum length of eight largerainbows, andfishingis inches for keepers. The local good. Again we caution: read biologist, David Haight, feels your synopsis, a minimum length will allow Northeast: Wolf Creek, the fishermen to get more Unity, Thief Valley reser- calories while eatingthe fish voirs, North and South Twin than they expended catching Lakes are super for rainbows, and filleting a bucketful. We mostly nice to large (20"). know Dave, and are sure he There is hot angling for plant- will conduct the experiments ers in many areas, but we do honestly and to the benefit of not usually recommend fish- all anglers at Emigrant Lake. Chili w/bans, Reg. & Hot W.F ...... 40 oz. $1.89 Fruit Rings Cereal W.F. 15 oz. $2.09 Philadelphia Cream Cheese Kraft ...... 8 oz. 79 Lays Potato Chipe all flavors ................ 14 oz. $1.89 Ice Cream W.F ........................................ 5 qt. $3.95 Ore-lde Potatoes O'Brlen .................. 24 oz. $1.69 T-Bona Steak .................................................... $3.99 lb. 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