Boat managers recommend no motor ban on Chetco River

State boating managers have recommended against banning motors on a 10-mile stretch of the Chetco River, calling it an "over-reaching measure" to settle conflicts between boat and bank anglers during the river's winter steelhead season.

A staff report recommends that the Oregon State Marine Board reject the motor ban petition on driftboats because there is no justification for a motor ban based on safety, congestion or property-rights concerns.

Some bank anglers petitioned the...

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Hail the sail

Hail the sail

ASHLAND — Derek Budd and Mark Warwick head into the final turn, where the two racers rub a little paint, and before you know it down goes Laser.

Budd's 14-foot Laser sailboat capsizes from the accidental crash, while Warwick speeds forward across Emigrant Lake in his identical, but newer, version.

"Three boats all turned at the same time, and his boat accelerated faster than mine," Budd says. "It all happened really quickly. We were a bit out of control for a few...

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Chetco motor ban proposal has Brookings abuzz

BROOKINGS — The running feud between bank anglers and driftboaters is raising hackles again, this time along the lower Chetco River about whether outboard motors are ruining the fishing experience or simply are a effective tool in the winter steelhead fishing trade.

A group of bank anglers have petitioned the Oregon State Marine Board to ban motors on the roughly 10 miles of the Chetco outside of tidewater where motors are legal.

At issue is whether driftboaters,...

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Salmonfly hatch at Holy Water fills sky with bugs, anglers with hope

Salmonfly hatch at Holy Water fills sky with bugs, anglers with hope

TRAIL — A wiggling piece of prehistoric Plecoptera crawls up Wayne Taylor's neck but he doesn't bother to swat it away.

After all, it's the reason he travels from Grants Pass to a little isolated patch of the Rogue River every early June, transforming from a steelhead fly-fishing disciple to a trout bum for a few spectacular weeks.

"It's all about this bug right here, and it's insane," Taylor says.

Yes, he is stoned.

Hooked on stoneflies, at least the....

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Recharged Lost Creek, Applegate reservoirs mean plenty of water for boating and fish

Recharged Lost Creek, Applegate reservoirs mean plenty of water for boating and fish

TRAIL — A wet winter and once-plentiful snowpack have recharged Jackson County's two reservoirs enough that both the Rogue and Applegate rivers head into summer with the first near-normal forecasted flows in three years.

The newly forged water-release strategies for Lost Creek and Applegate reservoirs boast flow levels that will help keep the Rogue high and cool for migrating chinook salmon while providing midsummer flows for river recreators and keeping Lost Creek Lake's...

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Howard Prairie is ready for its first March fishing season in decades

Howard Prairie is ready for its first March fishing season in decades

ASHLAND — Howard Prairie Lake is more than half-full and ice-free. A new crop of rainbow trout are finning around the shallows, and the roads up the Dead Indian Plateau are free of snow.

For more than 30 years, these late-March conditions in the High Cascades typically get trout anglers anxious for opening day. This time, however, they are invitations to float your boat at Howard Prairie, and Jackson County Parks Manager Steve Lambert is doing his part to get the lake's...

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Dry-dock inspections set for next two weekends

Jackson County Sheriff's marine deputies over the next two weekends will hold their annual dry-dock inspections to give boaters the chance to have their powerboats and driftboats checked for the requisite safety gear and avoid interruptions on the water during the season.

The free inspections will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, and March 12-13, at the Jackson County Marine headquarters, 620 Antelope Road, White City. 

The inspections give fishing...

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Mandatory boat inspections resume Tuesday on I-5

Mandatory boat inspections resume Tuesday on I-5

ASHLAND — The first line of defense against environmental invaders such as zebra and quagga mussels starts up Tuesday when the state's boat-inspection station reopens near Ashland.

Any vehicle carrying a boat north on Interstate 5 at the port of entry station must stop for mandatory inspections for a variety of non-native plants and mussels known to damage ecosystems, out-compete native species and even clog water-intake systems in infested lakes elsewhere in the...

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Marine Board late on boater-renewal license notices

The director of the Oregon State Marine Board says he's taking responsibility for his agency's failure to mail boat-registration renewal notices to 80,000 boat owners until four weeks after their registrations lapsed.

The Marine Board historically mails its registration renewals to boat owners in November, but Marine Board Director Scott Brewen said printing glitches strung out the process until the agency's vendor was able to mail the notices last week.

Though registrations for.....

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Day Trippin': Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is a fall natural

Day Trippin': Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is a fall natural

Editor's Note: Day Trippin' is a recurring feature that gives readers a chance to play tour guide and tell us about a nearby getaway.

If you want to combine a nature outing with an upper body workout — or if you haven’t been in a canoe or kayak for months or years — you might consider taking to the 9.5-mile Upper Klamath Canoe Trail.

This is a good time of the year, with the leaves turning color, to make the 53-mile, 65-minute drive.....

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Running out: Talent Irrigation District will make it to mid-September, but other districts won't be so lucky

Running out: Talent Irrigation District will make it to mid-September, but other districts won't be so lucky

Aggressive draw-downs of three reservoirs east of Ashland should keep Talent Irrigation District lands wet with water deep into September before the reservoirs are reduced to puddles at or below last fall's drought-plagued levels.

Howard Prairie Lake, where water levels never once reached the docks at the resort this year, is down to 19 percent of full — already lower than it was last fall — while nearby Hyatt Lake is at 13 percent full and dropping, water records...

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