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Page 32 Hells Canyon Journal September 2, 1992 Local Fishing: "Fishing is lousy and getting worse," accord- ing to good neighbor Ralph, who, with his wife, fishes various places from shore and from a boat, fre- quently in Oxbow Reservoir. So this might be a good weekend to give the waters a rest and head on down to the Baker County Fair in Halfway, your exhibi under arm. Others who fish in other spots in Oxbow seem to do better. Lots of sub-legal bass available in Hells Canyon Reservoir, with occa- sional good catches of crappie and some of the trout trollers score very well. Channel catfish are taken fairly steadily in all local waters by those who follow them. Brownlee Reservoir has held up well for crappie of goodly size all summer, and this fishery con- tinues unabated. Bass are diffi- cult to find for most anglers, but good catches of trout are readily available. Good fishing for trout, bass, catfish and sturgeon (on a catch-and-release basis, returned unharmed and not removed from the water, of course), are being made on Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam. The trout run to 14" with an occasional larger rain- bow being taken. The water con- finues its summer flow of 6,500 cubic feet per second and the water is 69 degrees warm. Although Duck Lake is pretty quiet, try drifting flies in Twin or Fish lakes in the afternoon or evening. Pine Creek, Eagle Creek andtributaries continue to drop to alarming levels, but hing re- mains good with lots takers. Powder River is, I think, as low as it has ever been, at least in our limited experience. Southeast: The Owyhee Res- ervoir continues good for crappie and bass, and if you want to fish in this area, go there. Tell Bob and Alissa that I sent you, not that it will do any good. Northeast: Good trout fmhing is available on the Umatilla, Imnaba and Wallowa rivers. Try Unity, F ps and Wolf Creek reservoirs for a limit of mostly good sized trout, and some c ap- pie are available in some of these waters. Otherwise, go catch some planters in many area waters like Bear Creek or the Lostine River. Statewide: The Columbia River is slow for legal sturgeon, fairly good for sub-legnls. Chi- nook salmon and steelhead are legal here, but very few are being taken. Buoy 10, near the river mouth, has not been nearly as good as usual. One coho for each four rods at the last report, pretty slow. Good catfishing at Tabkenitch Lake andlots oflarge- BIG BUCKS cast wary eyes toward photographer. mouth bass being taken at Siltcoos Lake. Searun cutthroat (com- monly called harvest trout or bluebacks) are starting their fall migration in the coastal rivers. Smallmouth bass fishing is excel- lent on the South Umpqun River. Clear, Frog and Lost Lake and Prineville, Crane Prairie and An- telope Flat reservoirs are all good for rainbows. Streamflows throughout Oregon are very low, many reservoirs are dry and all trout are suffering from the lon , drought Local Hunting: We saw two camouflage-clad archers over the top of NorthPine (Lonesome Sum- mit to those who like the new Forest Service designation), who had bagged a really nice four- point mule deer buck, right along side the road. We also met a num- ber of archers road hunting. Support the Livestock Show Thank you for your patronage J r Grouse season started with some- Power Administration has been thing of a bang last Saturday meeting Since 1990 to study the morning. Hunting our usual area pressures on the Columbia River of open ridges and timber fringes, system with the idea of solving we managed no blue grouse but, -the problems caused by insuffi- during the rest of the hunt my cient water to meet the demands good companions did manage to ofallriverusers.Theyhavecome get six ruffed grouse for our group up with 10"strategies" for further of eager but ever-shrinking hunt- study and hope to get the public era. We are down to th_ e this involved in the development of a year. There seems to be a scarcity full-scale analysis. Our contribu- of blues but lots of ruffs in the tion: the most important "strat- brush along the creek bottoms, egy" is to save the salmon and We haven't heard of any success steelhead, and this must take top on bears and none of the elk hunt- billing in any alternative proposal. ing archers have checked in with Some of the proposed alterna- us with any stories of calling up a tives include: no change, fixed bull, or not, as the case may be. reservoir drawdown, spring flow We didn't get to attend that week- augmentation, year-round target end orientation session and flows for anadromous fish and campout conducted by the Hells various others. Ouridea that some Canyon Preservation Council. or all of the power dams be re- Just too m ny things to do. We do moved seems to he missing from hope to get a report on the meet- the list. The Team considers ing so we can share it with our anadromous fish, resident fish, readers, hopefully without irony, recreation, irrigation, flood con- The Columbia River System trol, water quality, wildlife, Operating Review Interagency power, navigation and cultural Team (bow's that for a bureau- resources in their deliberations. craticnameT) composed of mem- We assume this study will take a bersfromtheBureauofReclama- long, long time and the fish will tioa, the U. S. Army Corps of suffer through it all. 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