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Page 16 Hells Canyon Journal July 10, 1996 By Gus Garrigus Sponsored by: Outfitters miNc m "Oufi(ting Hells Canyon Flea! Tri (541) 742-7238 )s Since 1980" (Editor's note: The opin-anglers. The lower Powder ions expressed in this column River is also excellent fish- are thoseofMr. Garrigus, and ing. Brownlee Reservoir is do not reflect the views of the full, and the crappie, small- column's sponsors, Canyonmouth bass, rainbow trout Outfitters of Halfway.) and channel catfish all fall to Local Fishing: If all thethe wiles of many fishermen. flatlanders fish as well as The numerous folks fish- DougandDerrin...Theytook ing Oxbow Reservoir all re- several tons offish of various port lots of fish of all species. species when the long 4th of Hells Canyon Reservoir is July week (or weekend) was also fine fishing. Sooner or over. A modest estimate is later the fish will congregate that some 6,000 anglers at the dam, but as yet no one camped in the parks and flat is doing very well. spots. Most we talked to said Fish, Twin and Duck lakes they'd had some luck. Thehave lots of little trout avail- Copperfield Bridge was lined able. Now that all the visitors with sportsmen every day and have departed, you might find evening. Doug and Derrin areas vhereyoudon'thaveto caught 14 cats to six-and-a- carry your own rock to have a half pounds and reported place to sit. hooking one they couldn'tNortheast: Penland Lake,. manage. Higgins, Thief Valley, Wolf The Snake River below Creek and Unity reservoirs Hells Canyon Dam is finally hold lots of hungry trout. dropping, as the runoff Southeast: Owyhee Res- wanes. Presently, the aver- ervoir is full of six-inch trap- age flows are from 14,400 to pie, with trout and catfish 19,000 cubic feet per second, also biting steadily. and the water has warIned to Delintment Lake has hungry 66 degrees. These-levels are rainbows to 15 inches. just about right for the trout Chickahominy Reservoir is and smallmouth bass to bite pretty warm during the day, eagerly, The catfish and stur- but fishing can be excellent geon bite anyhow for those morning and evening. The who are in pursuit of them. Owyhee River from the dam These water levels also let downstream is top-notch for the rafters glide downstream rainbows and some bass; re- without dumping frequently, lease any Dolly Varden you Pine Creek and its tribu-might get. taries are in good shape and Statewide: Sturgeon fish- are quite productive. Lots of ing continues apace with lots folks are trying this easy-to- of these fish caught and then fish stream, mostly released unharmed Eagle Creek and its tribu- without removing them from taries are also drawing the the water. The Columbia River, Winchester Bay and TiUamook Bay are the usual hot spots. Shad are coming thick and fast on the Colum- bia, Umpqua, South Coos, Millicoma and Coquille riv- ers. We don't have space to describe the "secret" system for catching lots of shad, learned from friend Charlie Cater. First, you get your rock -- no, just too much space would be taken, and I prob- ably wouldn't be able to lead you through all the intrica- cies. Call me if you plan a shad trip. However, Charlie and I found if we did every- thing right we would have a fish on after very few min- utes. The shad, and we sus- pect all ariadromous fish, are very leery of"man" smell, and if you wash your lure and hands with Boraxo every time you handle your rigging, the fish bite very steadily. We fish below the John Day Dam and usually don't go over there until the statewide daily paper reports 30,000 or more shad ascending the locks at John Day. These fish would go back to the ocean and re- turn time and time again, but they don't generally find the fish ladders, so you generally find very few second-salt fish. One evening, Charlie did land a shad of about six-and-a-half pounds, some two pounds heavier than the usual gravid female. The limit on shad is all you have time to catch. The limit used to be 25 fish per day, but hardly anyone ever managed that due to the Garden Spot... Continued from page 14 Watering Lore: The best time to water is in the early morning when the soil will take the most water to the plants. Watering for ten minutes in the early morning does as much good as watering for an hour in the afternoon. An inch of water will moisten clay soil to a depth of six inches. It will moisten sandy soil twelve inches, and loamy soil nine inches. * The less water you give a hot chili, the hotter it will be. The more water you give a sweet chile, the sweeter it will be. The closer any chili is to the bottom of its plant, the more pungent it will be. If you don't get an inch of rainfall a week, you need to water your garden. fromDon't Throw in the Trowel by Texas Bix Bender. Garden Profile... Continued from page 14 the sun or shade, is prolific and showy in a formalized way (especially in containers) and comes back year after year! Impa- tiens, petunias and lobelia are also reli- able. A Plant Discovery: I tried Dianthus in my containers this year and am really happy with it so far. Another beauty is Tithonia, or the Mexican sunflowermit's easy to grow and fills in large spaces and the flower are that deep terra-cotta red- dish/orange that you might expect from a "Mexican Sunflower." Advice: The better prepared your soil is, the easier the long-term care. Take the time to till well, and use that black plastic or cloth vr hay. Mulching has made gar- dening much more pleasant'for me and less time-consuming. contortions one must go tors and frequently bite the through on the rip-rap effec- belly from egg-laden females tively limiting production, and eat only this portion of Go for trout at East and the fish. But, the Marine Paulina lakes, Big and Little Mammal Act of 1972 gives Lavalakes, Cultus and Little the agency the authority to Cultus lakes, Lost Creek and protect the lions, even at the Emigrant reservoirs. The en- price of endangering a run of tire Rogue River system is salmon or steelhead, whichis swarming with apparently a already in danger: record, or near record, run of The National Land Board spring chinook, is the agency responsible in Of Interest:The National determining the navigability Marine Fisheries Service, of Oregon waters. Profes- charged with the welfare of sional floating guides have salmon and steelhead, is ap- won several trespass cases as parently much alarmed at the they are considered"commer- reported deaths of some 30 cial" operations. Since 1859, sea lions in Puget Sound. The "commerce" has been limited agencyistakingthesereports to river boats, log rafts, and very seriously, people have other commercial usage. been questioned, and this is Someday soon the legislature an ongoing investigation, is going to need to spell out Some of the lions may have what constitutes the "ordi- been shot. Brian German, nary high water mark" on spokesman for the NMSF many of Oregon's streams. says lions enter Puget Sound Portions of the Deschutes at this time of year and die River are claimed by land from natural causes. We are owners and access to the river uncertain why the NMSF is refused. There are some should be pursuing these re- 100,000 miles of rivers and ports so aggressively when streams in Oregon and less they are responsible for the than 1,000 miles are pres- health and the future of the ently considered "navigable," salmon and steelhead runs. permitting public use of the The lions are vigorous preda- banks. BiN Timing It! ot Taco Time in July For 49 change a Medium Fries & Drink into a Large/ omethi. here, rnrn n nrnt" 915 Campbell Baker City Prices Effective: July 10-13 Sliced Ripe Olives W.F .............................. 3.8 oz. 75 Corn Flakes W.F ........................................... 24 oz. $1.59 Kool Aid Envelopes assort .............. 0.15 oz. 5/99 Paper Towels W.F,, decorated .......................... roll 59 Banquet Fried Chicken ......................... 25 oz. $2.99 Ore Ida Tater Tots ............................. 32 oz. $1.89 New York Steak ............................................. $4.49 lb. Golden Plump Chicken Hindquarters 59 lb. Lunch Meat W.F., assort ................................ 12 oz. 95 Head Lettuce ............................................................ 3/99 Carrots .................................................................. 2 tbs. 45 Watermelons .......................................................... 13 lb. : ;i~. . ....