Smallmouth bass muscle in on steelhead territory

Smallmouth bass muscle in on steelhead territory

Is the queen of Oregon rivers shedding gems from her crown? Or just trading diamonds for rhinestones?

The largemouth bass John Vahey of Oregon City landed Aug. 1 in the Deschutes River, 12 miles above its mouth at the Columbia River, ultimately didn't concern him that much; nor did the fact it struck in stout current he'd been told to cast into for steelhead.

He did, however, take a photo because, as he correctly pointed out, "otherwise no one would believe me."

What...

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Thar she blows

Thar she blows

As soon as it got beyond the protection of the Ediz Hook breakwater, our tour boat bounced in the waves, driven across the Strait of Juan de Fuca by a stiff wind out of the northwest.

The captain pointed the bow of the Island Explorer 4 toward Constance Bank, in Canadian waters south of Victoria, as our whale-watching tour began.

My family and I were aboard the whale-watching boat based in Port Angeles. We would spend the afternoon in search of whales during what has become a...

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Wheels in the wilderness

Wheels in the wilderness

Jace Ives has experienced some of Oregon's wildest places wearing running shoes and hiking boots.

Now a national organization wants Ives and others to get the chance to enter federally designated wilderness areas on mountain bikes, which have been banned along with other mechanized equipment in wilderness areas for more than three decades.

It's a conundrum for Ives, who recognizes that some wilderness areas are more wild than others and that some might be a good fit for trails...

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Hiking and hurdling into the Blue Canyon Basin

Hiking and hurdling into the Blue Canyon Basin

A recent outing into the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area included a tidbit of Oregon history, a trio of tempting mountain lakes and, fittingly during an Olympic summer, chances to work on overcoming low and high hurdles.

What is normally a 10-mile round-trip hike required added extra distance because of numerous detours, sometimes hurdling or climbing up and over trail-blocking fallen trees or rambling through the woods around mounds of trees, limbs and debris.

Our destination was Blue....

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Get Out: Friday, Aug. 19

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Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, Aug. 20: Group will meet at 7:45 a.m. at Bob Moore Park on Main Street in Eagle Point for a 10K Eagle Point walk. A 5K option is available. For information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevallelywalkers.com.

 

Boulder Creek: Chetco...

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Salmon derby will help amputee

The Grants Pass-based Middle Rogue Steelheaders will hold its 21st annual fishing derby Aug. 27 on the Rogue River with a nod toward helping disabled military veterans get an opportunity to fish for fall chinook salmon. 

This year's derby will feature amputee guide Todd Logan donating his time to take fellow amputee Charles Eden fishing.

Logan has use of a specially crafted Willie Boat driftboat that allows for wheelchair access through the transom. The boat is also built so....

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Fishing Report: Friday, Aug. 19

OCEAN OUTLOOK

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The family that hikes together

The family that hikes together

For the first 23 years of Scott Whitson’s life, hiking was not at the top of his list of fun things to do.

But then he met our daughter, Lucia, and fell in love. Now he’s a hiker, because she made it abundantly clear, early in their relationship, that she was more interested in exploring the outdoors than going to movies.

So it’s Sunday morning at a campground in the Oregon Coast Range, and Scott knows not to ask whether we will be driving to Alsea Falls and.....

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5 mountain dips

5 mountain dips

August is the best month — some might say the only month — to go swimming in mountain lakes in Southern Oregon.

Cold-water lakes in the mountains might be warm enough for swimming in July some years, but clouds of mosquitoes can put a damper on the experience. By the middle of August, the water is as warm as it is going to get, and the mosquitoes will have started to decrease.

By the end of August, cold nights will have water temperatures dropping, so there's no...

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Fishing report, Friday, Aug. 11

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Decent winds and somewhat agreeable seas await Southern Oregon ocean anglers this morning, with conditions getting progressively more surly through the weekend. Today's forecast starts with 5-knot winds  and 6-foot swells, followed Saturday by winds of 5 to 10 knots and swells up to 5 feet. Sunday is a bit worse, with winds of 20 to 25 knots and 6-foot wind waves.

Rockfish anglers must stay inside the 20-fathom.....

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August 12, 2016

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