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Page iO Hells Canyon Journal June 6, 2001 by John Garrigus Sponsored by: ~a,i~ Mark Williar~s Oregon ('CB g 1124,gl l'el: 541-742-7019 Fax: 541-742-7015 u'mr.dm'idnmrkwilli(~nlsconstruction.eom With Brownlee Reservoir still at full pool, the good an- gling continues. The crappie catch continues to meet most anglers' wishes, while the bass and catfish angling im- proves as the summer nears. The water temperature is still slowly rising, with last week's temperature recorded at 56.4 degrees at Oxbow. For the month of June, the projected release rates from Hells Canyon Dam are a mini- mum of 7,500 cubic feet per second between midnight and 4:00 a.m., and 8,000 cfs dur- ing all other hours. Maximum flows are projected to be 22,500 cfs. As Memorial Day has passed, it means the intrepid floater must now have a per- mit to float through Hells Canyon. Should you have been unfortunate in the draw this year, be reminded that you still might have a chance at permits the original hold- ers are unable to utilize. We have tried this method a couple of times and have had pretty good luck. Be prepared to launch on short notice, how- ever. For the first time in recent memory, commer- cial salmon operators are now staying in as the price of salmon has dropped to such low levels it is uneconomical to go out at this time. Despite the various endangered spe- cies listings, this year's salmon runs have been very abundant and remind many of times not so long ago when the salmon fishery was a major economic force in Or- egon. Conditions have been so poor the past decade, I was surprised to learn there re- mained commercial ventures still operating. For those anglers who wish to take out their own boat for salmon, best to be prepared. By all reports, the salmon off the coast are in deep water where a serious downrigger is necessary to get the gear down. Some salmon are show- ing up in the bays and lower rivers, but the angler must be on the spot to take advan- tage of these runs. t From Gene Mcln sh, Ron Grove, Paul Townsend The technicians at Paul's Transmissions command your CONFIDENCE & TRUST. They are equipped and trained to do the job right...GUARANTEED! Tr on & Power Train Repair Elec onic Fuel Injection Driveability Diagnostics II Paul's Transmissions & Repair 2540 Cedctr Sfreet Baker City 523-6923 As long as water tempera- tures stay below 60 degrees, the Willamette and Clackamas rivers are produc- ing some hefty spring chinook on bait. After the water warms, most anglers will switch to spinners. Most an- glers on these rivers have been rather occupied with the mostly productive shad run and have ignored the salmon runs that are starting to peak now and will continue strong until the end of June. On the south coast, the Rogue has been slow due to warm water conditions on the lower portion of the river. Occasional bursts of good angling have occurred after rainfalls or after dam opera- tions cool the water for a few days. For those who go to south- ern Oregon to float the Rogue, be advised that all groups must now carry and use a portable toilet,just as we have on the Snake for years. I had not been down the Rogue in a number of years and was somewhat amazed that this common step had not been implemented long ago, given the Rogue's popularity. These days, most of my outdoor companions and I practice no-trace camping whenever we are out in the field. It has become appar- ent that there are always those groups and individu- als who will use any excuse to further their agenda by pointing out the offenses, both minor and major, that do not meet their expecta- tions. It is in the best inter- est of all outdoor-minded folk to follow the no-trace guidelines so oth&s can con- tinue to enjoy such activity. Of A number of items that cross my desk do not seem worthy of a full col- umn but still remain news- worthy. The personal water- Volunteers Needed at Clear Lake Ridge Preserve The Nature Conservancy of Oregon has invited anyone interested in preserving the Clear Lake Ridge Preserve to attend a volunteer work party on the weekend of June 9 to June 10. The preserve includes prairie-covered plateau and mile-high lakes, with at least 100 species of bird nesting there. Volunteers will be pulling knapweed and thistle along a very strenuous six-mile hike down Devil's Gulch. Partici- pants need to bring camping supplies, food, water and appropriate clothing for the weather. For more information or to register, contact Ray Guse at 541-962-3903 or Molly Dougherty at 503-230-1221. A FULL-SERVICE OEALERHIP SINCE 1925 ~n Toll-Free 1-800-836-6537 915 South Main Street Payette, Idaho craft industry recently de- cided the wisest choice avail- able to them was to discon- tinue using polluting two- stroke engines in their craft and replace them with the far more environmentally friendly four-strokes. With the huge jump in recent years in the use of these watercraft, many had noticed the obvi- ous increase of oil pollution caused by the operation of these inefficient two-strokes. By acting now, the boating industry did itself and the public a great service by plan- ning to phase out this obvi- ous source of pollution. Given the problems expe- rienced every winter at Yellowstone National Park with the growing air pollu- tion caused by two-stroke snowmobile engines, and the recent attempts to reduce these problems, I would ex- pect similar action by snow- mobile manufacturers, since personal watercraft and snowmobiles are often made by the same companies. A recent sighting of a once-foreign spe- cies on the coast for once did not bring about the usual fears of habitat degrada- tion and biological imbalance. Colonies of varnish clams have been found along the Oregon coast in the high tidal zone of beaches generally not utilized by native spe- cies of shellfish. These clams, which are na- tives of the far east, probably "hitch- hiked" over in ballast water of ships and have made their way down the coast to suitable locations. By all accounts, those who have harvested a few of them say they are quite tasty and are a welcome addi- tion to the food gatherer's potential store. Again, their choice of habitat does not seem to utilize that of any native species, and many are watching these trans- plants with great in- terest. I J ] t 1 C C l ( ( t ] i ) ( ( ] 1 ]