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Page 12 Hells Canyon Journal August 23, 1995 ! By Gus Garrigus Sponsored by: "Outfitting Hells Canyon Roat Trips Since 1980", (503) 742-7238 (Editor's Note: The opin- ions contained in this column are those ofMr. Garrigus, and do not reflect the views of the corumn's sponsors, Canyon Outfitters of Halfway.) Local Fishingn Pine Creek and its many tributaries are getting lots of fishing pres- sure and producing well for most anglers. Fly fishing in the late afternoon and eve- nings is productive. Eagle Creek and tributaries, espe- cially Summit Creek, are much the same. The Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam is now back to summer flows, 11,300 to 12,300 cubic feet per sec- ond; the water is a warm 70 degrees, and the trout and bass bite well, as do the chan- nel catfish and sturgeon. Floating the river at this level is somewhat more sane than during the Foolish Fish Flush, when lots of boatmen were unable to successfully navi- gate Wildsheep and Granite Creek rapids in an upright state. At the lower levels, Waterspout Rapids is now eating floaters, and at least one 26-foot jet boat was lost there last week. The local high lakes are producing at least some trout, and there are still fire morel mushrooms available in that area. Hells Canyon Reservoir is good for trout trolling and pretty spotty for crappie, perch and bluegill. Channel Catfishingis prime, however. Oxbow is much the same. Brownlee Reservoir, now 19 feet below full, due to the Fabulous Fish Flush, is still pretty good for large crappie in the late afternoon and on into the night. Bass fishing is top-notch most all day. Chan- nel Catfish are biting very well on the "Flats." Some trout are taken trolling and still fishing. Southeast: The Blitzen River on Steens Mountain is great for nice wild rainbows. The Owyhee Reservoir pro- duces fair catches of crappie and catfish. Northeast: Penland, Van Patten, Anthony, Grande Ronde, Wallowa and Morgan lakes and Higgins and Unity reservoirs are all fine for rain- bows, and Unity is kicking out crappie and bass. Statewide: The Crooked River below Bowman Dam, the Williamson and Wood riv- ers, Big Lava and Diamond lakes are all select spots for trout. The spring Chinook season has been extended until August 31 on the upper Rogue River between High- way 62 and the Cole River Hatchery, and fishing for this prime species is good. Sum- mer steelheading is fair and improving here. Smallmouth bass are hitting well on the South Umpqua River. Chi- nook salmon are being taken in the bay on the lower Rogue River, mostly on the incom- ing tide. The South Santiam and Middle Fork Willamette rivers are first rate for sum- mer steelhead. Sturgeon fish- ing remains prime on the Co- lumbia River on the estuary and in the Gorge. Of Interest: We stopped at the fish weir on the upper Imnaha River the other day. The weir couldn't be put into place until mid-July when, according to Wayne Huff, the water finally lowered, but by then at least 70 percent of the run had already gone up- stream to spawn naturally. So far, only 42 chinook have been taken in the trap, and more than half of them were "jacks" (immature males who run a year before they are adults). The target for egg- taking is 450 adults annu- ally, another indication of the disastrous condition of the run. There were two Dolly Varden trout in the trap when we were there. Some call these bull trout, not nearly as de- scriptive a name. Someone has decided the "Dollys" are the ones who migrate into the ocean. Bah, it's the same fish, sea-run or not. A rainbow re- mains a rainbow whether or not he goes to sea and is then called a "Steelhead." There must be a better way. Each time I go to the Old Pine Sport Shop (a POS, which, according to the ODFW, translates to Point of Sale), I get another new combination hunting and fishing license. So far, I have gotten four dif- ferent licenses which reflect that I am an angler, a hunter of big game, doves, upland 4~ game and probably others. I got so confused by all the pa- perwork, I forgot some of the things I went for and had to go back Saturday and apply for a Sage Hen permit. Rick has by now memorized my Social Security number, which was guaranteed never to be used for identification in the original S. S. Law in 1937. Rick frequently shows a little frustration with the confus- ing and contradictory instruc- tions, although the applica- tions now go much smoother than the first time we used the POS computer. Lonnie and Leona Branum, offish Fry Fame at Cuprum, PUBLIC NOTICE Notice of Vacancy Date Issued - August 16, 1995 Closing Date - August 25, 1995 AGENCY: Pine Eagle School District No. 61, Baker County, Oregon 97834 POSITION: Assistant Girls Basketball Coach Pine Eagle High School POSITION: Assistant Boys Basketball Coach Pine Eagle High School POSITION: Assistant Volleyball Coach Pine Eagle High School POSITION OPENINGS: Pine Eagle School District No. 61 has three position openings for the 1995-96 school year. Applications may be obtained at the district office. If you currently have an application on file at the district office, and are interested in one of the positions, you need to call the district office to have your application considered. Pine Eagle School District #61 Rt. 1 Box 185 Halfway, Oregon 97834 (503) 742-2811 (503) 742-2810 recently had visitors from Phoenix, Arizona. Lonnie took them fishing on Snake River, and the three limited on trout, one a six-and-a-half pounder, caught on an unnamed bass lure. Lonnie also managed an eight-pound channel catfish and several others, in- cluding a five-pounder and a four-pounder, all taken on night crawlers and marshmallows. Lonnie must be an expert angler to feed all those people on fish from Mexico to Alaska. Senator Hatfield's pro- posal to limit the amount of money expended by Bonneville Power Admin- istration to save the salmon has been passed by the Senate Appropria- tion Committee's subcom- mittee on Energy and Water. Rep. Peter DeFazio, Eugene Demo- crat, labeled the proposal to be "a prescription for salmon extinction and continued mismanage- ment by Bonneville Power Administration." BPA currently spends $400 million on fish-saving pro- grams, none of which have worked as planned. President Clinton has proposed $78 mil- lion from the General Fund for assistance in these pro- grams. 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