Backcountry group to stump for wild steelhead sanctuary

Backcountry group to stump for wild steelhead sanctuary

STEAMBOAT — A backcountry advocacy group plans to jump-start a stalled campaign to protect a 104,000-acre chunk of the North Umpqua River Basin for wild steelhead and name it after one of the fish's most ardent and iconic defenders.

The group Backcountry Hunters and Anglers plans to launch a statewide grassroots campaign to see the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary east of Roseburg become a reality.

The sanctuary and the Congressional bill seeking to designate it are in....

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Fishing Report: Friday, May 27

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean off Southern Oregon will be more than a bit windy and squirrely heading into the weekend, but the weather will improve incrementally as it goes. Winds of 20 to 25 knots are forecast for today with wind waves of 6 to 9 feet near Brookings. That's not good. Saturday the winds will abate to 15 knots with 4- to 6-foot waves. Sunday will see 10- to 20-knot winds and 3- to 5-foot waves. No rain is...

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Trout rewards offered at Lost Creek

TRAIL — Lost Creek Lake trout anglers will get a chance to be citizen biologists, and possibly make some cash, during a new survey that will help determine what trout-stocking strategy works best for angling at Jackson County's largest and most popular lake.

Biologists at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife this week affixed spaghetti-like tags to the dorsal fins of 1,500 legal-sized trout and 162 14-inch "pounders" bound for the lake to determine which size trout is...

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Rewards offered for illegal fish-stocking

Rewards offered for illegal fish-stocking

Angler groups seeing red over the rampant introduction of non-native fish into Southern Oregon waterways are hoping a little green will curb the practice and perhaps lead to someone getting caught in the act.

Three nonprofit organizations of bass anglers — Oregon BASS Nation, The Bass Federation and Oregon Black Bass Action Committee — have created a fund called Turn In Illegal Introductions, or TI3, to provide cash rewards of up to $3,000 for information leading to...

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Fishing Report: Friday, May 20

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: After a lake-like ocean last weekend, ocean anglers will see some bumpier water through the weekend, but it'll be doable for those with fair sea legs. Today's forecast calls for 10-knot winds and seven-foot wells, followed Saturday by 10-knot winds and six-foot swells. Sunday looks best with five-knot winds and five-foot swells. No advisories are forecast off Oregon this weekend, but expect rain.

Limits of lings and.....

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Fishing Report: Friday, May 13

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean has been flat, and forecasts call for it to remain that way through the weekend, which means plenty of happy bottomfishers out of Brookings and even Gold Beach in recent days. Look for winds around five knots off the South Coast and two-foot swells today, giving way to 10-knot winds and three-foot swells Saturday. Sunday looks a little rougher but still very good with 15-knot winds and two- to three-foot...

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Howard Prairie to host ODFW event

Howard Prairie Resort will host a family fishing event Saturday that will be put on by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to give families a taste of fishing at Howard Prairie reservoir.

The free event will run from 9 a.m. to noon and include several activities focused on learning how to catch Howard Prairie's stocked rainbow trout.

The agency recently stocked 5,725 legal-sized trout and 400 larger trout averaging about two pounds apiece. The lake is also home to...

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Fishing Report: Friday, May 6

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean is forecast to be windy and bumpy today, but it should improve as the weekend rolls on, especially out of Brookings. Look for winds up to 15 knots off the South Coast and nine-foot wind waves today, giving way to 10- to 20-knot winds and six-foot wind waves Saturday. Sunday looks best, with 15-knot winds and five- to six-foot swells.

Limits of lings and rockfish are still coming in daily from Coos Bay,...

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Spring chinook run likely late, lighter than 2015

SHADY COVE — Taking advantage of a rare mid-week day off in the construction business, Gee Romero wanted to make sure his upper Rogue River fishing trip with guide Charlie Brown would pay off.

By 7 a.m., it had. A 35-inch spring chinook salmon was in the boat. And to cap it off, it was one fin short of a full salmon.

"It was a big, bright, beautiful hatchery fish," says Romero, 26, of Medford. "When Charlie cut the fillets, they were just how you want them.

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Fishing Report: Friday, April 29

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean should be windy and bumpy but fishable this weekend based on weather and wave forecasts. Look for winds up to 20 knots off the South Coast and swells up to six feet Friday, giving way to 15-knot winds and six-foot swells Saturday. Sunday looks best, with 15-knot winds and five-foot swells.
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Chetco 'bubble' season to be split in two

BROOKINGS — A popular recreation season targeting chinook salmon bound for the Chetco River will be halved and split over two October weekends.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission last week reduced the targeted commercial and recreational catch of Chetco-bound chinook amid concerns of low salmon returns there this year.

The recreational season will be Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-9 and was passed at the urging of Commissioner Bob Webber so more anglers can fish the weekend...

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Fishing Report: Friday, April 22

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: A small-craft advisory that has been on the books the past two days will give way today to some bumpy weekend water along the South Coast. Winds today will increase to 20 knots, and 4-foot wind waves will be matched with 6-foot swells for a lumpy ocean. Saturday will bring 10-knot winds and 11-foot swells, followed Sunday by 15-knot winds and 10-foot swells. That could lead to some early-morning rockfish fishing for those with.....

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Howard Prairie more ready than Hyatt for spring trout anglers

ASHLAND — On an unseasonably warm day last Oct. 6, a Cole Rivers Hatchery stocking truck lumbered slowly along a makeshift gravel road that snaked over the muddy bottom of Howard Prairie Lake, which was just about as far from the main boat ramp as it ever has been.

A technician fastened a metal tube to the truck, hit the release valve and saved trout fishing for 2016.

Those 118,000 fingerling that splashed into the reservoir are the cornerstone of this year's trout...

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Pied Pipers for trout bums

Pied Pipers for trout bums

There's nothing like the BEEP BEEP BEEP sound of a stocking truck backing down a boat ramp to signal that your day of trout fishing at your favorite lake or bank spot on the far upper Rogue River near Union Creek is about to improve greatly.

Oregon's so-called "put-and-take" trout fisheries — the trucks put them in, you take them out — remains one of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's most popular programs.

And that makes the drivers of these trucks that...

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Fishing Report: Friday, April 15

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Ocean anglers took a hit this week when Wednesday and Thursday storms roiled near-shore waters and high winds battered the coast. No advisories were issued Thursday for this weekend, so that's a start. But 15-knot winds and 11-foot swells are forecast for today out of Brookings, then 10-knot winds and seven-foot swells through the weekend. That could lead to some early morning rockfish fishing for those with larger boats...

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Ocean chinook season to be shortest in eight years

BROOKINGS — Southern Oregon ports this year will see the shortest recreational chinook salmon season in eight years, but it will keep its much-desired seven-day fishing week under salmon seasons adopted today by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

The season for recreational anglers fishing out of Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford will open May 28 and run uninterrupted through Aug. 7. After four weeks of no fishing, the season will resume Sept. 3-5 for the...

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Fishing Report: Friday, April 8

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Ocean anglers enjoyed excellent bottomfishing success this past week, and conditions should be good enough to keep hitting the water in the morning for great mixes of lingcod and black rockfish, with the occasional vermilion tossed in for good measure.

Limits of lings and rockfish are coming in daily from Coos Bay and Brookings, with the occasional trip heading out of Gold Beach. Water conditions are forecast to be...

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Wall first solo Bassmasters winner

Jacksonville's Jacob Wall overcame myriad obstacles, including flying solo, to become the first collegiate angler to win a Bassmasters collegiate competition fishing alone when he won the Bassmaster College Series Western Regional tournament Monday in Nevada.

With partner Dalton Taylor sidelined with stomach flu, Wall also overcame early engine troubles to come from behind and win the three-day event at Lake Mead, earning his University of Oregon team a trip to the national...

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Two-rod license expands to Willamette River

Oregon's special license that allows anglers to fish with two rods on lakes and reservoirs will be extended to the Willamette River and its tributaries beginning today under a test on whether it's appropriate for rivers.

If the two-rod experiment works well on the Willamette, it could be extended to coastal rivers such as the Rogue, but Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say they aren't looking that far ahead yet.

"We're starting on the Willamette, and we're taking.....

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Fishing Report: Friday, April 1

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Ocean anglers have enjoyed excellent bottomfishing success this week as bluebird days on the ocean translate into limits of lingcod and black rockfish out of ports such as Brookings and Coos Bay. Black, white and red jigs have been most productive. The ocean out of South Coast ports are expected to see 5-knot winds and pretty calm seas today and Saturday, then up a hair but still very manageable Sunday. These are the kinds....

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