• Oregon Fishing Report - October 17th 2014


    Chetco River Salmon

    Oregon Fishing Report - October 17th 2014

    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: half-pounders, steelhead, Chinook

    Rain this week should bring the last of the Chinook into the lower Rogue and get the coho moving. Anglers are reminded they can only keep adipose fin-clipped coho. Bank anglers are catching Chinook and some coho around the mouth of Indian Creek. Chinook are staging to move back to the hatchery. Indian Creek flows into the Rogue estuary approximately ½ mile upstream of Hwy 101.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout

    Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall, and the flow at Grants Pass was 1250 cfs on Monday morning. The water temperature was averaging 55F. Summer steelhead are available, and fishing should be good. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos and release fish quickly. Anglers are reminded that the area from Hog Creek boat landing to the Fishers Ferry boat ramp is closed to the harvest of Chinook salmon starting Oct. 1, 2014.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

    The artificial fly season is underway on the upper Rogue, and summer steelhead fishing should be good. Anglers may want to try nymph patterns, or a big stonefly pattern in combination with a smaller nymph, or standard steelhead patterns. Trout fishing should be very good as well. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for fin marks or taking photos and release fish quickly

    Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir have dropped for the fall. The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1080 cfs and the water temperature was 45F the morning of Oct. 13. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 54F. As of Oct 8, 1316 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Trout are still available in the waters above Lost Creek Dam! Fish stocking has ended for the year upstream of Lost Creek, but fishing remains open and should be very good. Anglers can fish bait like sigle salmon eggs or warms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

    Around the Region:

    Willamette Valley/Metro Bonneville plug pullers are starting to see their fishery wind down but should experience one last hurrah for chinook, both bright and coloring. With cooling waters, action should remain more persistent throughout the day. On good coho years, there is often a successful troll fishery in the gorge although successful anglers keep it pretty tight lipped. It should be worth exploring this season with early November a peak period.
     
    Steelhead counts are dwindling as are fall Chinook numbers. But coho, they are going strong. Since counts fall behind when fish traffic is heavy, data hasn't been updated since October 5th when the total on that date was nearly 12,000. Something between 200 and a 1,000 a day have been passing since then so that equals a lot. The passage is nearly equal to that of last year at this time and much better than 2012. The ODFW announced earlier this week, "Effective Wednesday, October 15, the daily bag limit for coho salmon increases to three fish on the Willamette mainstem above Willamette Falls, and the Molalla, Santiam, Yamhill, South Yamhill and Tualatin rivers. Prior to the rule change, the limit was two coho per day."
     
    Coho taken in the Willamette above the falls or in any of the above-mentioned tributaries do not have to be fin-clipped.
     
    McKenzie River levels have yet to show any impact from precipitation. This isn't unusual following a dry spell as the ground will soak up rain for a while before it starts to effect river flows.
     
    Over 3,000 summer steelhead had been counted at Foster Dam on the South Santiam as of October 14th. While this is off about 30% from last year's run, there are still a catchable numbers of fish in the river.
     
    Level and flows on the Clackamas improved somewhat October 14th with showers starting up on that date. If you aren't deterred by fishing amongst other anglers, Bonnie Lure has good numbers of coho for those who and hike down to the river from there.
     
    Sandy River levels rose just a bit starting October 12th at which the river picked up about six inches of depth measured at the town of Sandy. Coho numbers are decent on the Sandy River and the improvement in flow should have a positive effect on the fishes' inclination to bite or strike.
     
    Northwest – Chinook action in the Tillamook district remains largely focused in the middle and upper estuary of Tillamook Bay itself. The predicted rainfall was greater than anticipated, making it a possibility for driftboating possibly into the weekend but rivers still only came up about a foot. None-the-less, a slug of fresh fish entered the Wilson and driftboaters did really well here on Thursday. The Trask will be a primary target but the Wilson should produce some new fish as well.
     
    The Nehalem system has a lot of wild coho present but they could all escape upstream on the current rain freshet. Trollers working the bay this week did fairly well on wild coho.
     
    The Nestucca and Salmon Rivers are slowing although there should be more chinook to enter the Nestucca Basin over the next few weeks. The Nestucca looks like it may come up enough to spur some upstream opportunities.
     
    There is still some effort for coho in the Columbia River Estuary but this fishery should finally fade. Throw in the fact that the gillnet fleet will be fishing multiple days per week and it seems even more challenging. Most coho have moved into the tributaries by now but action should hold up through the weekend.
     
    Crabbing is good in the lower Columbia but challenging in other north coast estuaries. That likely won’t change in the coming weeks.

    The ocean will be a poor option for all effort well into the weekend.
     
    Southwest- High winds and an angry ocean has kept boats in port this week. Most charter operations are taking some time off with operations to resume as the weather allows.

    From Cape Falcon south to Humbug Mountain, Chinook salmon fishing remains open through the end of October. Catches have been slow and spotty when boats have been able to get out at all.
     
    The 2014 albacore tuna season has been a very productive one. It ranked third highest overall recreational landings on record. That said, it may or may not be over. If warm water remains offshore when boats are again able to launch, they plan to go.


    Razor clamming is closed from Heceta Head near Florence south to the California border to because of elevated bacteria levels.
     
    Nearshore halibut fishing is still open off the central coast with the 29% of the quota yet to fill. The South Coast fishery endures despite the quota filling weeks ago as it absorbs additional poundage left over from earlier seasonal halibut quotas elsewhere on the coast.


    Most of the crabbing in Winchester Bay is taking place in the Half Moon Bay area and crabbers are doing well. Since the coho quota filled, far fewer boats are trolling for salmon in the bay.


    The most productive area for salmon trolling at Coos Bay remains the Highway 101 Bridge to the mouth of the Millicoma River although action has slowed.

    Trollers using anchovies on Rogue River Rigs have been making good catches of a mix of Chinook and Coho. Skinny water is challenging steelheaders on the middle Rogue now that Chinook fishing is closed above Hog Creek. The seasons have definitely changed as it is cold water being released from Lost Creek Lake which has lowered water temperatures, slowing results in the flies-only area of the upper Rogue.

    Eastern – Steelheading is fair to good on the lower Deschutes with the bulk of the run yet to enter. While it can be crowded, drift fishing near the mouth can be effective.

    Now is a good time to hit East Lake for brown trout but be certain to check the weather report. It can make a trip pleasurable or miserable at this time of year.
     
    Odell has continued to produce 25-fish limits of kokanee on most days. We say "most days" because it does fish better when the weather is pleasant.
     
    SW Washington - The Cowlitz is producing very well for coho anglers and with the recent rains, good action should continue for these late run fish. The Lewis is also an option with some coho and sea-run cutthroat trout an option as well. Both of these systems should be peaking for the next 2 weeks.
     
    The Klickitat fishery is beginning to pick up more momentum as coho numbers continue to impress passing downstream facilities. Plug trollers working these impoundments are also taking a few quality steelhead.

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  • 2014 Steelhead Highlights - A Season Full of Chrome


    As part of our video series, this video highlights the 2014 Steelhead season by TheFisherman656 offers great action and a look at some real nice chrome!!!

    Thanks TheFisherman656. We look forward to seeing more videos from you in coming seasons. Nice job!

    Video credits - TheFisherman656

    Music credits - "Show Me How To Live" by Audioslave (Google PlayiTunesAmazonMP3)

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  • Used 2012 Pavati 17' x 16" Custom Legacy For Sale


    Easily one of the most unique drift boats ever built, this 17x61 Legacy model was made in 2012 and has a one of a kind Deyoung Fish Art wrap above embossed diamond plate sides. Interior is a light grey powder coat with the floors and boxes powder coated and shaved black texture.

    Two (2) custom Pavati Element seats on dry storage boxes. One (1) padded row seat with removable back rest on dry storage boxes. Front removable padded casting stand. Rear removable padded casting stand. Vacuum sealed UHMW bottom. Accessory box with tackle storage. Rod butt holder with leader roller. Front port side door. Rear starboard side door. Full level diamond plate floor with quick lock seat system. North West custom aluminum trailer.

    Contact Steve Crisler @ Pavati Marine for more details - steve@pavati.com or (800) 866-5269 / (541) 826-3551



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  • Down the Rapids in a Pavati Drift Boat


    Ron Milam guides his Pavati Drift Boat down some rapids.

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  • FALL RUN by Todd Moen - Steelhead Fly Fishing


    FALL RUN by Todd Moen - Steelhead Fly Fishing

    I saw this video on a friend's Facebook wall and had to share it to all of those fly fisherman out there who can truly appreciate Fall Steelhead fishing. Todd Moen creates amazing videos and this is just one example.

    Masters Series DVD is available at the Catch Magazine store which features 1.5 hours of added bonus features. http://www.CatchMagStore.com

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  • How To Row A Drift Boat - Rowing The Boat

    In the 4th segment of "How to Row a Drift Boat", Pavati Marine's very own Steve Crisler demonstrates the basics of "Rowing the Boat".

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  • Used 2012 17' x 61" Pavati Guardian Drift Boat


    If you have been waiting on a screaming deal on a fully loaded PAVATI Guardian this is your boat! This boat has just about every option included! 3 Removable/adjustable custom PAVATI seats on dry storage boxes 1 padded row seat with removable padded back rest and dry storage box Front casting line deck with pizza oven Front heater kit Removable FULL LEVEL diamond plate floor with quick lock seat system North west custom aluminum trailer 12 position oar lock block Helfrich stainless steel oar locks In floor fish box with removable bait box Manual style anchor kit with locking anchor nest and plug storage Powder coated custom fade exterior/ custom powder coat interior with floors and boxes powder coated black and shaved diamond plate. Electric bilge pump 3 doors, front port front starboard and rear starboard Vacuumed sealed UHMW bottom.

     

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  • Used 2011 17' x 61" Pavati Guardian Drift Boat


    This Red/Black/Charcoal Gray 2011 17' x 61" Pavati Guardian drift boat is made in typical Pavati style - the most comfortable drift boat ever made. But we didn't stop there. We also created and patented the most advanced drift boat technology, to create a perfect balance of quality and agility in every drifter we make. The result is, if we may be so bold as to boast, the first drift boat ever to make the journey as enjoyable as the fishing

    We were able to create the ONLY drift boat on the market today that is completely designed, engineered, and lofted by computer. Each hull is run through a series of Hydrodynamic Tests to grantee the least possible amount of drag - while still insuring the fast response and nimble performance you demand. All of the parts are then cut and formed by CNC machines - there are no parts on this boat cut by hand. This guarantees that every boat we make runs true and holds it's original intended shape. The result is the best rowing, most comfortable, user friendly, most reliable drift boat in the world. The innovative designs and manufacturing processes have raised the standard in drift boat fishing. Driven by a passion for simplicity and strength, Pavati engineers have advanced the cutting edge. The superbly balanced Guardian(tm) embodies a new way of looking at drift boat design. The innovations like the revolutionary patented Drifter Doors ™, Quick-Lock Floor System ™, Wave-Cutter Bow ™, and the only True Level Floors, give you the simplest and most ergonomic boat available. Combine that with the AR-620 dimpled bottom(tm), Hard Chine technology, Ultra-Flow Radius(tm) Transom, Kevlar(tm) bonded bottom, and state of the art computer designed hull, this boat is a fish CATCHING machine. Read more to see why the PAVATI Guardian is the only choice for serious fisherman and professional guides from Oregon to Alaska.

    Model: 17' x 61"

    Center Length: 17ft.

    Bottom Width: 61"

    Hull Weight: 190 Lbs.

    Bean: 90"


    Standard Features:

    Storage

    12 Position Oar Lock

    Hexagon Floor Ribs

    Pizza Oven Compartment

    Patented Grab Handles

    The "Truth" Scale

    Quick-Lock Floor System

    Ultimate Rowers Seat

    Stainless Steel Cupholders

    Bull-nose Design


    This particular boats comes with a hybrid bottom - UHMW vaccum sealed bottom w/ kevlar sides, (1) starboard front door, (3) passenger seats, (1) padded rower seat, sawyer square top oars, 9.9 horsepower Mercury Kicker motor, and an aluminum trailer.



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  • Pavati Marine is Hiring for Welders, Boat Riggers, Robot Programmers/Operators, and Painters


    Pavati Marine is now hiring FT welders, boat riggers, robot programmers/operators and painters in their White City, Oregon facility. Pay starts @ $15.00 - $25.00/HR + plus benefits, which include medical/dental/vision/life insurance and paid time off. No seasonal layoffs.


    Pavati Marine is growing like crazy and have several full-time day & night positions opening up starting this week. This is not turn-over. These are NEW positions. We’ve grown to over 90 employees and headed to well over 100 before year end! We don’t suffer from winter slow-down as our products sell year-round.

     

    If you’ve already been in our facility, you know we have nice creature comforts. In fact, winter time is approaching and we’re getting our heaters tuned up as we speak.  We know comfortable people work smarter.

     

    We also know wage is the most important thing to our team members.  Highway Products has always been on the leading edge and the reason we have many employees who’ve been here 5, 10, 15, and over 20 years. That pretty much says it all.  People don’t stay long at companies that don’t care.  No matter where you start in wage, you will get a review after 90 days which could mean a pay raise to bring you up to where you perform, and start your benefits.

     

    You will also get an annual review to keep you informed of your performance and more than likely, a nice raise as well.  If you are new to the welding trade and needing some training to bring you up to speed, we offer training to those who show us we will get a return on investment and a great team player.

     

    For those just starting or changing jobs, we realize you need a fat paycheck ASAP to maintain or catch up on your rent, car payments, utilities, etc.  We do our best to be flexible. So we’ll pay you weekly for the first month or two to help you out. Live out of the area? We offer a $200 relocation bonus to help out after 90 days.

     

    What matters to us?  We want great people to build our great products.  What matters to you?  A fat pay check, great benefits, time off, overtime, and get to work in an environment where you like coming to work. That’s where we really shine. You will absolutely love working here. Plus, we give more overtime than any company in the area. That’s another place we shine. But don’t forget the benefits.  Most companies these days don’t offer anything. Oregon Health Plan may or may not help. Obama Care  That’s not health insurance, that’s charity.  What about retirement? Got a plan? We do!  What about paid vacation? Life insurance? Paid holidays? The list goes on. That’s why our people stay.

     

    What next?  Stop by and take a weld test. We’re here till 5pm and most of the time, longer. Call for an appointment if you need a special time. We need welders and we need them now!  

    Take another look at our benefits package on our employment page of our web site - www.PavatiMarine.com 

      

    Pavati Marine

    541-26-3551

    800-866-5269

    7905 Agate Road

    White City, Ore 97503

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  • How To Row A Drift Boat - Launching The Boat


    In the 3rd segment of "How to Row a Drift Boat", Pavati Marine's very own Steve Crisler gives details on "Launching the Boat".

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  • How To Row A Drift Boat - Prepping the Boat


    It's important to have all of the proper gear in your drift boat for comfort and safety. In this series, How To Row A Drift Boat, Pavati Marine's very own Steve Crisler shows us exactly what you need to have in your drift boat before heading down the river, in what we call "Prepping the Boat".

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  • How To Row A Drift Boat - Setting Up The Seats


    In this video, as part of the "How to Row a Drift Boat" series, Pavati Marine's very own Steve Crisler explains how to set up drift boat seats with their built in Quick-Lock Floor System™.

    Everyone changes, and every serious fisherman needs a boat that will change with him. That’s why we invented the Quick-Lock Floor System ™, a system that allows you to add, move, replace, and upgrade everything in the boat; from seats to rod holders and leaders.

    This is the easiest and most customizable seat system available in any boat today, without exception. In a matter of seconds, with no tools required, you can completely rearrange your boat to adjust for weight, gear and different fishing styles. Add or remove seats to lighten the load or add an additional fisherman. Reposition your foot rest exactly where you want it. Add heater systems, tackle boxes, rod holders and other accessories that all work with the same simple system.

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  • How To Row A Drift Boat - Part 1


    Pavati Marine's very own Steve Crisler demonstrates how to row a drift boat, utilizing forward and backstroke, in part 1 of this 2 part series.

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  • New Drift Boat For Sale - 17 x 61 Custom Pavati Legacy

    Pavati Legacy Drift Boat

    Snag free line decks, Front and Rear Rod tubes, Padded and adjustable fly fishing stands, Front and Rear Wader Access doors, True full level floors, hands free CNC tape measure for quick fish lengths, on the fly seat and weight adjustments, and the only side foot stomp anchor release are just a few of the built in features on every Legacy Model. All of that combined with aircraft aluminum construction, a vacuum sealed UHMW bottom, and a computer designed Hull ensures the lightest, easiest to row, shallowest running fly fishing specific drift boat on the market today. As you safely release a monster brown trout out of one of the Legacy's side doors- you will wonder to yourself, "Why didn't anyone think of this before". Read more to see why this drift boat, from Montana to Patagonia, is truly

    Standard Features:

    Patented Locking Anchor Nest

    Patented Grab Handles

    The "Truth" Scale

    Ultimate Rowers Seat

    Stainless Steel Cupholders

    Quick-Lock Floor System

    12 Position Oar Lock

    Hexagon Floor Ribs

     

    Take a look at the boat at Sportsman's Warehouse in Medford, Oregon or call Pavati Marine at (800) 866-5269 to find out more information about this Pavati Legacy Used Drift Boat.

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  • How To Cure Eggs For Fishing



    Watch this video by Pavat's very own Steve Crisler on How to Cure Eggs for Fishing

    Ask any steelhead fisherman how they cure eggs and just about all of them will tell you something different, or perhaps they won't tell you anything at all. In a nutshell, egg curing recipes are like heartbeats...everyone's got one. The main thing to consider is that the quality of the eggs you put into the cure is going to make a huge difference how well the bait turns out when the curing process is finished. For optimum effectiveness, eggs must be harvested from fairly mature fish. As the female salmonid approaches spawning, the maturation process places oil (fats) from her flesh into her eggs. It is this salmon oil that is the main scent component of effective bait eggs. Obviously, the skeins must still be firm and not too close to actual spawning. Can you catch fish on immature eggs? Absolutely! There is less oil in immature or "green" fish as evidenced by the smaller size of the skeins, but they still can catch fish. However, in our opinion, eggs harvested from maturing, autumn salmon are more effective and can be cured and preserved more efficiently.

    Here are some things to consider before you cure eggs:

    Bleed your fish! Getting as much blood out of the eggs as possible starts the second the fish is brought aboard. One quick slice through the gill arches is all it takes to provide excellent tasting fish and better bait! Also, I like to use disposable latex or nitrile gloves while removing the eggs to prevent any human scent transfer (Figure 1). If there are any veins of blood left in the eggs gently slice them with scissors or a knife and milk the blood out with a spoon or the back of the knife, being careful not to press too hard. Once the blood is out of the vein wipe the eggs clean and do not use water to rinse them off. Fresh water is quickly taken into the egg across the membrane bringing unwanted blood and impurities with it. In fact, during actual spawning, this phenomenon of the egg absorbing water allows sperm from the male to easily cross into the egg, greatly facilitating fertilization.

    Keep the fish cool throughout the day by keeping them in a cold fish box or on ice. Some rivers, such as the Snake or Columbia, can be quite warm. If the river water isn't cool enough, keep the fish on ice to preserve the quality of your catch and the eggs. When cleaning your fish use a very shallow cut along the belly to open the cavity, so that the knife doesn't penetrate the eggs. Gently pull on each end of the skein to remove it from the cavity and be extra careful to not get the skeins dirty (Figure 2). Have some clean paper towels spread out ready to lay the eggs on (Figure 3). Remember; DO NOT RINSE them in the water to clean them off. Once they hit the water the egg membrane tightens and is less apt to accept the egg cure.

    Cure the eggs within three days of catching the fish and freeze uncured skeins only if you absolutely have to. Roll the skeins up in paper towels to absorb excess bacteria- harboring liquid and place these "egg burrito's" in Ziploc bags or Tupperware Make sure they stay cool or in the refrigerator during this time. The reason for curing the eggs as soon as possible is that the egg membrane will start to break down over time resulting in mushy or soft bait.

    Split the length of the skein down the center to open them up so that the cure can get to the eggs in the middle of the skein (Figure 4). Some anglers will quarter the skeins or cut them into smaller pieces before curing. I like to keep the outer membrane intact, however, so that I can cut them to size just before going fishing.

    Now the eggs are ready for the curing process. There are plenty of excellent commercially produced egg cures on the market, all of which do a great job and come with instructions. Don't be afraid to try some of these cures, as some of them sell like hot cakes for a reason!

    Let's go through the "dry cure" process start to finish.

    -Cut the clean, blood-free skeins into smaller chunks, retaining the tough outer membrane on each section. Coho skeins: approximately 6-8 chunks, Chinook skeins approximately 8-12 chunks.

    -Place the chunks in a clean plastic bucket (Non metallic) and sprinkle the Fire Cure over the eggs, gently mixing with your gloved hands. Sprinkle & mix again to ensure coverage.

    -Add salt slowly until you observe a "bubbly" moist curtain over the top of the mixture.

    -Mix again; adding a bit more salt and leave in a cool, dark & dry place overnight.

    -Every 6-8 hours, gently mix with gloved hands. Halfway through this process the eggs will produce a fluid or "liquor" that will cover the eggs and the eggs will appear deflated and ruined. Don't worry! All the fluid will be reabsorbed into the eggs bringing the cure & coloring deep into the egg!

    -Once the eggs "plump up" again roll out some paper towels and lay the eggs out to remove excess liquid (Figure 7). This is the beginning of the drying process which determines the toughness of your bait. The longer you air-dry, the more durable the egg.

    -With your eggs air-dried its Borax time. Dump some Borax in a Ziploc and then start placing eggs in and shake the Borax into every crevice (Figure 8). This is the second component of your drying process. The longer your bait lays in the borax, the drier your final product.

    *for really red eggs add 2 tablespoons of Pro Glow bait dye powder to the mixture - killer color for salmon.

    -Adding scents to your eggs:

    You can add herring, sardine, anchovy, shrimp, and anise oils, to name a few, to your brine prior to adding your eggs. Don't go too heavy on the scents, however, as too much oil can turn your eggs into a slimy mess. A tablespoon of oil in the brine is enough to get the job done.

    Speaking of adding scents, Pautzke Fire Cure is a dry preparation that includes shrimp scent in the form of freeze dried krill within the mix. Pautzke's is a very mild cure that can be left on the eggs for days without damaging them. This long term process results in a wet, "milking" cure that is superior for salmon fishing. For steelhead fishing however, we desire a drier cure that results in a tougher egg cluster that is slower to milk out and will remain on the hook for repeated casting. For this reason I add non-iodized (Pickling & Canning salt) to the Pautzke Fire Cure formula.

    Just for Springers - Add Tuna Oil to your eggs!

    A word on packaging:

    After boraxing you might consider rolling your eggs up in to paper towel "burritos". I like to put about 3-4 chunks into a burrito and 3 burritos into a gallon Ziploc for freezing. In this way I can thaw the exact amount of eggs I need each day and cut the perfect size clusters from the chunks.

    If you'd like to vacuum pack your cured eggs place them in the freezer for 6 to 12 hours prior to packaging. Once the eggs are frozen slightly they won't burst when they are vacuumed. Another great way to put up eggs is to keep them in Tupperware containers, which are easily stacked in the freezer.

    These cures will give you excellent eggs that will catch both salmon and steelhead. With time and experience you might also be able to tweak these recipes a little to create your own cures!



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  • Drift Boat Rowing 101 - Part II - The Basic Technique


    Rowing Technique

    Let's get started with the basic rowing technique. As kids we probably at one time or another found ourselves on a lake in a row bow. To get around you'd be facing the bow (front) and you'd reach forward with your hands as the oar blades went back, dip the oars, and then pull them backwards, which resulted in moving the boat backwards. This is the same technique that will be the basis of rowing either a drift boat, a raft with a rowing frame or a pontoon boat.

    You will be pulling on the oars and not pushing forward on the oars. In essence when rowing you will never row with a forward motion with the oars. The only time where pushing forward on the oars (forward rowing) is useful, will be in a situation where you are in slack water or in a run and you want to accelerate the speed to move downstream to get downstream faster. That's it. You should never row forward to maneuver the boat or to position the boat or to avoid obstacles.

    Hand Positioning and Technique

    When getting started with rowing a drift boat, having a pair of rowing gloves can come in handy. You will probably be rowing for a good part of the day. It's not fun to be rowing the next day with blisters.

    When you sit down in the rowers seat and grab the oars, your hands will be over the oars in a natural position and you will be looking at the backs of your hands.

    You will want to rotate the oars so that the blades of the oars are roughly perpendicular to the waters surface. My Hyde oars have nifty little knobs on the ends to help you feel when they are in the right position.

    The Basic Stroke

    The basic backward rowing stroke consists of the following actions

    (1) Lift the oars out of the water
    (2) Raise the oars a few inches out of the water or higher to clear obstacles or turbulent water.
    (3) After lifting the oars out of the water move your hand forward while the oar blades move upstream (towards the stern) to set up the back rowing pull. Dip the oars in quietly. Don't splash down the oars.
    (4) Dip the oars barely under the water and immediately pull backwards and lean into the oars. Bend at your waist.

    You want to achieve a shallow, smooth quiet stroke. The tempo should be easy and continuous. Your goal is to slow down the downward progression of the boat. You want to be constantly looking up and ahead for river hazards and obstacles while keeping the boat positioned correctly for the anglers. It is easier to take 3 shorter compact strokes than 2 longer stokes.

    Back Rowing

    The 1st rule of rowing is that all maneuvering shall be done with back strokes pulling on the oars and not pushing. When an obstacle is encountered and you row forward you only increase the speed and rate of approaching the obstacle. Back rowing must become a firm and good habit.

    There are many times when the boat is positioned mid stream and the anglers will be casting towards the slower water along the bank. As the rower, your job is to slow down the progression of the boat downstream to enable the boat to keep pace with the slower water along shore. This requires a constant rhythm of back rowing. The rowing pace is about one stroke every three seconds. A good steady pace needs to become second nature.

    Anticipation

    When rowing a drift boat, a raft with a rowing frame or a pontoon boat it's all in the planning. You must learn to anticipate your next move like;

    (1) Where should the boat be positioned to optimize the fishing conditions?

    (2) Are there boulders, rocks, snags, hazards or obstacles coming up?

    (3) How should I avoid them?

    (4) How much effort and speed will be required to avoid the hazard, obstacle or boulder?

    (5) When do I need to start my maneuver?

    (6) When encountering an island or side channel, which way should I go and where should I position the boat prior to heading that way?

    (7) Should I alert the people in the boat to put on their PDFs?

    Pivoting

    As we have discussed so far in Part II, all maneuvering of a drift boat, raft with a rowing frame or pontoon boat should be done with back strokes. The next habit to develop is that of pointing the stern (rear) of the boat in the direction that you want to go. This is done through oar manipulation. It is called "pivoting". After the boat is pivoted, with the stern pointed in the direction that you want to go, pull back with both of the oars at the same time and move the boat at 45 degree angle to the current. Lets look at how you actually do the pivoting.

    There are two ways to pivot a boat. The first way is performed by moving one oar while the other is stationary in the water as a brake. The brake side is the side that you want to pivot towards. You then take several backstrokes with other oar. This will swing the stern around in the direction that you want it to be pointed, which is the direction you want to go. It will just take a few strokes to change direction. You will want to start pivoting using this method and getting comfortable with it.

    Once you've got the pivoting with one oar as a brake mastered, you will want to work on the second method which is done by pulling back with one oar and pushing forward with the other. This method speeds up the pivoting process. It becomes important when you have to make quick moves working your way through a bouldered run and maneuvering around them. These areas require quick decisions and instant action.

    Pivoting moves need to become second nature and as a rower your job is to move the boat deliberately and smoothly. Making a quick pivot can result in an angler loosing balance even when standing in a knee brace. Anglers positioned in the rear of the boat have been know to be throw out of the boat by a quick pivot. It is the rowers job to make smooth pivots which enable the anglers to continue fishing without hardly realizing you have just pivoted the boat. If a hard pivot must be accomplished to avoid an obstacle in is the rowers job to tell the anglers to get ready for the move and to hold on or even sit down. Communication is key!

    The best thing to do when first getting into a rowing seat is to find a calm stretch of water and practice the pivoting and ferrying moves. Visualize a boulder in the middle of the river and making a pivot to the left, back row away from it, pivot back straight, pivot back right, back row back behind the imaginary boulder and pivot back straight. Do this over and over again using the pivot with the brake and then with the pivot using both oars.

    Practice makes perfect.

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  • Oregon Fishing Report - August 22nd 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report for the week of August 22nd - 28th, 2014 


    Weekend fishing opportunities

    • On the lower Rogue, half-pounders have really started to move this week and anglers fishing with flies and spinners are reporting excellent success.

    • Coho fishing has been good in the ocean just outside of Coos Bay.

    • Summer trout anglers can have success fishing the deeper waters of Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs, fishing Lost Creek upstream of the Highway 62 bridge, or fishing the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir.

    Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

    With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

    • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.

    • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.

    • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress. Anglers who keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos are leaders in stewardship of the resource.

    • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.

    • Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.


    Rogue River

    Rogue River, lower: half-pounders, steelhead, Chinook

    Anglers have continued to pick up Chinook at a fairly regular pace in the estuary. Good numbers of Chinook are in the bay as this is only the beginning of the salmon fishery which will continue into October. A few chinook have been moving upriver, but warm water will make it hard to get them to bite.

    Half-pounders have really started to move this week and anglers fishing with flies and spinners are reporting excellent success. Half-pounders are immature steelhead that move back into freshwater after spending 3 to 4 months in the ocean. These fish will return to the ocean in the spring to continue feeding until maturing as adult steelhead. The best time to fish is in the morning or evening.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, fall Chinook

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Early season catches of summer steelhead at ODFW’s Huntley Park seining project on the lower river remain very good, and hint at a good steelhead season for anglers this year. Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black body and gold blades. Some fall Chinook have been reported in the middle Rogue this week, and fishing should improve over the next several weeks. Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir are increasing slightly Monday and Tuesday of this week to minimize prespawning loss in adult fall chinook. The flow at Grants Pass was 1860 cfs on August 19. The water temperature was averaging 68F, with a peak of 72F.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Casting flies or spinners like a Panther Martin should work well for anglers.

    Trout fishing should be very good on the upper Rogue. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.
    Releases from Lost Creek Reservoir are increasing slightly Monday and Tuesday of this week to minimize prespawning loss in adult fall chinook. The release was 1850 cfs and the water temperature was 56°F the morning of Aug. 19. The water temperature at Dodge Bridge was averaging about 60F with a peak of 64F. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 65F with a peak of 68F. As of Aug. 12, 894 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery (65 new for the week), and over 300 had been returned to the fishery downstream at the Gold Hill boat ramp.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout each week. Fishing has been good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

    Around Oregon

    Willamette Valley/Metro - Although early, chinook counts at Bonneville are far behind last year's total to date. It's too early to call the run under-predicted but anchor anglers in the Portland to Longview stretch haven't begun to show positive results just yet. Summer steelhead are still pouring through but not very responsive to angler's offerings.

    Catch-and release sturgeon fishing is poor in the lower Willamette at this time of year and Multnomah Channel walleye catches are slow in warm water. That leaves smallmouth bass fishing as the activity of choice for anglers, and it has been good.

    Boaters are urged to exercise caution in drifting the North Santiam. Most channels are clear on the upper river but there are the occasional obstacles to avoid. Fishing has been slow. Water level and flow has settled down a little but is still exhibiting minor irregularities every day.

    Sandy anglers are used to glacial conditions but over the past week, the water color has turned opaque. It's difficult to imagine a fish finding a lure in the murky water until there's some improvement.

    Steelheaders on the Clackamas are spotting fish but they seem to be lock-jawed with in the low, clear water. NOAA forecasts indicate only a gradual decline in level and flow over the next 10 days. This time of year, most anglers are waiting for rain and coho.

    Northwest – Although chinook are starting to show with more regularity, anglers fishing the Buoy 10 region are largely disappointed with early season results. Some large upriver brights are beginning to show however and coho are being caught with more regularity. Fatal Flash spinners in size 5 and 6, with white/red on cloudy days and brass/red on sunny days are going down with regularity.

    The ocean fishery just outside of Astoria continues to be productive for trollers working Long Beach. Bobby Keerins of Portland hoisted a 41-pounder on Friday, fishing a trolled anchovy in about 34 feet of water. Former Oregonian outdoors writer Tom McAllister came in shy one fish from the ocean on Saturday but instantly hooked up a 24-pounder on the last trickle of outgoing tide on a whole herring by Buoy 20 to finish out the boat limit of 12 salmon. The ocean will once again be an excellent option on Thursday and Friday if the weather prediction holds. Salmon should be plentiful and the lower Columbia should be producing very well too.

    All is quiet south of Cape Falcon as ocean coho season is closed. Bottomfish and tuna remain a strong option this week however.

    Nehalem summer chinook trollers are taking fair numbers of fish along the jetty but the crowds are intense. The weak tide series should continue to produce good catches and some coho are showing as well. Check the ODF&W web site for what's legal to take as there will be a wild coho fishery here this fall.

    Albacore chasers should do well this week and weekend as we near peak season for those looking for canning opportunities.

    Ocean crabbing is productive but gear in the lower Columbia only frustrates Buoy 10 trollers. The better crabbing will start mid-September anyway.

    Southwest- Warmer water and with it, albacore tuna finally moved closer to shore over the past week. Sport and charter vessels were quick to respond. Charters report each client taking four or five large fish. Wind early this week shut down efforts, unfortunately.

    Bottom fishing out of Newport and Depoe Bay is still a good bet for limits of rockfish and lingcod as well as good catches of large ocean Dungeness.

    Since the closure of ocean coho on August 10th, chinook fishing has taken a hit. It has been challenging for offshore anglers to keep coho off the hook. This problem will solve itself come August 30th when all coho, fin-clipped or not, may be kept. An additional 15,000 coho will be added for a total quota of 35,000 fish according to the ODFW. In the interim, silvers are gaining about a pound of body weight each week.

    Ocean chinook fishing has been spotty for boats out of Winchester Bay. Salmon trollers around Reedsport are experiencing marginal results but fishing will improve in coming weeks.

    Offshore fishers found tuna out of Florence over the past weekend. Fishing was a little spotty but numbers ended up being good.

    Boats launching out of Charleston found spotty results with tuna but returned with limits or near-limits of lingcod and rockfish. Crabbing has been good offshore as well as inside Coos Bay.

    Fishing around Gold Beach has been remarkable over the past week. Offshore bottom fishing on a calm ocean has rewarded boats with good catches of bottomfish, lingcod, the occasional halibut and pots loaded with ocean crab, Inside the bay, trollers have continued to score chinook, which have be awaiting cool water and more of it. Fishing for steelhead and half-pounders has been good on the lower Rogue. Release of water from Lost Creek Lake began Tuesday this week which will cause chinook to high-tail it upstream. While this is bad news for bay trollers, chinook fishers in Grants Pass will get the salmon they have been hoping for. Passage of summer steelhead into the upper Rogue has slowed and results for steelheaders have similarly declined.

    Offshore boaters saw an improvement in chinook catches occur the past week out of the Port of Brookings. Trolling anchovies near the whistler buoy has been producing well. In addition, about one-fourth of the southern Oregon halibut quota remains to be taken.

    Trout fishing has been best early in the day at Diamond Lake. Bait is the best bet although catches are only fair at best.

    Eastern – Steelhead are being caught as pods of fish move through various sections of the lower Deschutes. August fishing can be a challenge here but at least the water is not too warm as it has been the past few years. Chinook and steelhead are represented in counts daily at Sherars Falls. This data is considered indicative of fish movement rather than an accurate count.

    Access to eastside fisheries is being periodically limited by wildfires. Be sure to check with local ranger stations before making the trip.

    Light-colored hoochies trolled behind a flasher have been taking good numbers of kokanee at Odell. Anglers are reminded of the tournament taking place on Saturday, August 23rd.

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  • Oregon Fishing Report - August 15th 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report Forecast for the fishing week of August 15th - August 21st, 2014

     

    Weekend fishing opportunities

    The first fall Chinook of the season are showing up in Winchester Bay, and anglers have been having good success in the Rogue River estuary.
    Coho fishing has been good in the ocean just outside of Coos Bay.
    Summer trout anglers can have success fishing the deeper waters of Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs, fishing Lost Creek upstream of the Highway 62 bridge, or fishing the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir.

    Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

    With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

    Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
    Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
    Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress. Anglers who keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos are leaders in stewardship of the resource.
    Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
    Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.


    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook
     
    Chinook fishing picked up in the estuary with most boats picking up a fish or two. The best bite has been on the incoming tide and as it starts to drop out. River water temperatures may drop a little this week which may move greater numbers of chinook into the river.

    Adult steelhead and half pounders are moving up river, but warm water is making it a little tough getting them to bite. Anglers are picking up summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Anglers are catching some summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black body and gold blades. The flow at Grants Pass was 1620 cfs on August 12. The water temperature was averaging 68F, with a peak of 70F.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    With hot weather in the forecast during this drought year, anglers are reminded to be extremely careful when handling fish. Fishing early in the day when water temperatures are cooler reduces stress. Always keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos and release fish quickly.

    Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Casting flies or spinners like a Panther Martin should work well for anglers.

    Trout fishing should be very good on the upper Rogue. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1500 cfs and the water temperature was 56°F the morning of Aug. 12. The water temperature at Dodge Bridge was averaging about 60F with a peak of 64F. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 64F with a peak of 66F. As of Aug. 8, 833 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery (108 new for the week), and over 300 had been returned to the fishery downstream at the Gold Hill boat ramp.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout each week. Fishing has been good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

    Willamette Valley/Metro Metro anglers are still waiting for what should be ample opportunity for chinook later this month. Fish that were in the estuary from the opener on August 1st should be present in the Portland to Longview stretch but a lull exists just behind the initial push. Steelheaders continue to struggle in the warming waters.
     
    Fish passage remains at a near-standstill at Willamette Falls in mid-70 degree water. Fishing has been decent on the lower Willamette for bass anglers taking advantage of early mornings prior to the appearance of go-fast craft. The middle Willamette has offered fair to good fishing for trout and, occasionally, summer steelhead.
     
    Water levels on the McKenzie have been a roller coaster, literally up one day, down the next. While this is generally considered a less-than-optimal condition, trout fishing has been reliable although steelheading is slow.
     
    North Santiam bank fishers have had nothing to show for their time recently except smiles and sunburns. A few summer steelhead were located and landed by boaters over the past week.
     
    With the often-milky waters of the Sandy River running low, pontoons and rafts are appropriate craft for those willing to drag their boats in spots. Steelhead and chinook are laying low.

    Steelheading is slow to fair on the Clackamas with hardware occasionally effective. Beat the splash 'n' giggle crowd and fish high up on the system for the best chance of taking one home.
     
    Generally, when stalking steelhead in the summertime, make an earnest effort to be stealthy. Stay low, use light line and small offerings. If the fish sees you, all bets are off. You might as well move on.
     
    Northwest – Traditionally, chinook make a strong showing by this time in the Astoria area. They are however, largely absent but an explosive fishery is likely just days away. Thankfully, coho have become abundant in recent days, with the best action right at the Buoy 10 deadline. Fresh herring and anchovies are taking the bulk of the fish but small #5 silver Fatal Flash blades are also taking good numbers of coho. This fishery should really take off by the weekend.

    Ocean fishing out of the mouth of the Columbia remains excellent for the larger boat fleet that can comfortably fish outside. A weather change mid-week is offering up better opportunity into the weekend. Coho will continue to dominate the catch although more chinook are being taken off the Long Beach Peninsula.
     
    Ocean crabbing remains good but the strong tide series we’re currently on, keeps river and estuary crabs buried for a larger portion of the day.
     
    The ocean south of Cape Falcon closed August 10th for coho but remains open for chinook, which are hard to find. An “any salmon” season opens later this month and should be productive.
     
    Nehalem Bay is producing fair at best for summer chinook. The strong tides should have Nehalem and Wheeler the more productive reaches but that could change by the middle of next week.
     
    Southwest- The selective or hatchery coho season came to a close at the end of day on Sunday, August 10th. The next opportunity starting Saturday, Aug. 30 will be a great one as all coho are fair game, fin-clipped or not. This non-selective fishery is scheduled to continue through September or fulfillment of quota.
     
    Bottom fishing has been good out of central ports but it has been an either/or fishery with rockfish on the bite one day, lingcod the next. Either way, there’s nothing to complain about.
     
    Tuna fishing has been good out of Newport when boats have been able to find pods of fish. Warm water has yet to move close enough to guarantee an offshore trip of less than 40 miles.
     
    With 35,063 pounds remaining of the all-depth halibut quota after the last scheduled fishery, offshore anglers will be allowed to fish Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 and 16. Any additional dates after that will be announced by noon on Friday, August 22.
     
    Sport craft crossing the bar at Winchester Bay, the top port for Chinook on the coast by a wide margin, have been taking salmon to 30 pounds. A few Chinook are being caught by trollers inside the bay with this fishery due to turn on at any time.
     
    Trollers on Rogue Bay hit the jackpot on several days over the past week as scores of salmon were landed on several days. The spike in flows that historically occurs on August 10th as cold water is released to draw Chinook upstream, has been delayed a week. Estuary trollers are thankful. Steelheading has been slow to fair in the warm waters of the middle Rogue. If weather or the hand of man serves to lower water temperatures however, sending chinook upstream, the outlook for Grants Pass will be much more optimistic. Summer steelhead catches are fair to good bit steady on the upper Rogue with a good early showing this season.
     
    Persistence seems to be the key to salmon limits out of Brookings. Bottom fish limits have filled the void created by a spotty salmon bite for many anglers.
     
    Trout fishing has been slow to fair at Diamond Lake with best catches coming to bait fishers working 30 to 35 feet of water.

    Eastern – Summer steelhead numbers continue to improve on the lower Deschutes although catches have been only fair. Trout fishing has slowed a little on the Warm Springs to Trout Creek drift. The same tactics that have been recommended have endured; caddis dries early and late in the day with nymphs getting grabs during daytime hours.
     
    The fire closure on the Metolius was lifted late last week. Dries have been ineffective of late although nymphs are fooling some fish.
     
    Crane Prairie was slow over the past weekend although it did give up a few of those large rainbows for which it is so well-known.
     
    A drop in water temperature on the Wallowa River has triggered the bite. Trout from 10 to 18 inches are being caught now.
     
    SW Washington-  Cowlitz River steelheaders are still struggling for consistent returns of summer steelhead but action should be picking up for chinook, if the run actually materializes this fall.
     
    Wild steelhead will continue to make up the bulk of the recreational catch in the Wind River fishery for just another few weeks.
     
    High temperatures still have the Klickitat River producing poorly with no relief in sight; turbid waters from glacial siltation is to blame.

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  • Oregon Fishing Report - August 8th 2014


    Another great day of fishing with Willamette Valley Outfitters


    Oregon Fishing Report Forecast for the fishing week of August 8th - August 14th, 2014

     

    Weekend fishing opportunities

         *The first fall Chinook of the season are showing up in Winchester Bay, and anglers have started picking up fall Chinook at the mouth of the Rogue River.
          *Chinook and coho fishing has been good in the ocean just outside of Coos Bay.
          *Summer trout anglers can have success fishing the deeper waters of Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs, or fishing Lost Creek upstream of the Highway 62 bridge.
          *With high temperatures in the Rogue Valley predicted in the 95 - 100F range all week, anglers may want to consider escaping to the scenery and cold water of the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir. Fishing has been good at the public access points along Highway 62 and 230 that are stocked on a weekly basis through Labor Day.

     

    Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

    With summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

         *Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
          *Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide and cooler refuge for fish.
          *Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress. Anglers who keep the fish in the water when looking for finmarks or taking photos are leaders in stewardship of the resource.
          *Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.
          *Target warmwater species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warmwater fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.


    Rogue River

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook

    Chinook fishing continues to be fair in the estuary. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Adult steelhead and half pounders are moving up river, but warm water is making it a little tough getting them to bite. Anglers are picking up summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching some summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black body and gold blades. Early catches in the ODFW seining project Huntley Park are hinting at a very good summer steelhead run this year. Fishing for Chinook remains slow in this section of the river, as anglers anticipate the arrival of fall Chinook salmon. The flow at Grants Pass was 1630 cfs on July 28. The water temperature was averaging 68F, with a peak of 72F.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Aug. 1st brought a big change to fishing on the upper Rogue. Fishing for Chinook salmon upstream of Dodge Bridge closed for the season on that date. Most of the fish being caught currently in this reach are wild fish that must be released unharmed immediately, so chinook anglers should look for opportunity downstream at this time.

    Summer steelhead fishing is fair to good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Early catches in the ODFW seining project at Huntley Park are hinting at a very good summer steelhead run this year. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day. Casting flies or spinners like a Panther Martin should work well for anglers.

    Trout fishing should be very good on the upper Rogue. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1500 cfs and the water temperature was 54F the morning of July 28. The water temperature at Dodge Bridge was averaging about 60F with a peak of 64F. The water temperature at Gold Ray was averaging about 65F with a peak of 68F. As of July 21, 600 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery, and over 300 had been returned to the fishery downstream at the Gold Hill boat ramp.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    With high temperatures in the Rogue Valley predicted in the 95-100F range all week, anglers may want to consider escaping to the river upstream of Lost Creek Reservoir. Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout each week. Fishing has been good. Anglers can fish bait like single salmon eggs or worms, or cast small spinners like a Panther Martin or Rooster tail, or let a fly drift downstream below a bobber. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgroungs and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.



    Willamette Valley/Metro With the onset of fall chinook season, interest and success for summer steelhead continues to decline, despite peaking numbers at Bonneville Dam. Water temperatures have simply warmed to put fish off the bite. The banner fall chinook season will draw interest for anchor fishers sooner as the estuary fishery is already taking off. The lower Columbia from Portland to Longview will draw the most interest, especially near the mouth of the Cowlitz.
     
    There's very little angler-related boat traffic on the lower Willamette now with the Buoy 10 fishery in progress. Take advantage of early morning hours to enjoy a decent top-water bite from smallmouth bass. As daylight comes on, switch to soft plastics until the ski boats and jet skiers show up. Fish passage has started to decline again at the Falls with this trend likely to continue.
     
    Caddis remains the go-to pattern for McKenzie trout anglers through August. The upper river has been fishing well lately.
     
    Steelheading has been slow on the North Santiam this season despite a decent number of fish in the system. Start early in the morning, high on the river and downsize offerings for the best chance of a hookup.
     
    It's the height of the summer doldrums on the Clackamas River as low water keeps getting lower. Despite this challenge, early morning steelheaders throwing diminutive spoons and spinners have continued to hook up. McIver has produced a few over the past week.
     
    Despite the milky, glacial appearance of the water in the Sandy River, fish are being caught. A few spring chinook have fallen for spinners this week in the early morning hours.
     
    Northwest Although not consistent since the opener, the Buoy 10 fishery is off to a fast start. Chinook catches were great for the first 2 days of the season and tapered slightly by Sunday. Typically, Rogue strain fish make up the bulk of the catch in the first week of fishing but upriver brights and tules are in the mix already, indicating the predicted run is likely to come to fruition. Fresh and frozen herring seems to be the most productive but the spinner bite should take off soon. Anchovies are also responsible for fair action. Few coho are being seen in the river but the ocean adjacent to the Columbia is putting out easy limits. Chinook are likely to show in greater numbers off of Long Beach in the coming week. Interest is running at an all-time high in the estuary already.
     
    Garibaldi anglers saw a rebound in ocean catches but you still have to work hard for limits. Ocean crabbing remains excellent but only about half of the catch is of high quality.
     
    The all-depth halibut season was productive for many, especially out of Newport. An announcement comes on Thursday, indicating if there is enough remaining quota for another short opener. Over half of the nearshore quota remains south of Cape Falcon.
     
    The Nehalem hasn’t taken been off the hook but it’s consistently producing fair catches of chinook from Wheeler to the jaws near Brighton. The current weak tide series should play out well for those working herring near the mouth although afternoon NW winds can often hamper success.
     
    Estuary crabbing on the Nehalem, Tillamook and Netarts should be fair over the weekend.


    Southwest- Catches of offshore coho out of Newport and Depoe Bay have been reliable and steady, providing mostly limits for ocean anglers. Hatchery coho may be taken through August 10th with the non-select (hatchery or wild) coho season opening on August 30th.
     
    The non-selective coho season quota of 20,000 fish may be supplemented by any additional, uncaught numbers from the current selective fishery.
     
    Salmon fishing is getting most of the attention from those plying offshore waters although catches of rockfish and lingcod have been excellent out of central Oregon ports. Some charters are doing combo trips and returning with limits of everything.
     
    Boats launching out of Newport and Depoe bay with sights set on albacore have gotten into good numbers 30 or 40 miles from port.
     
    Recreational boats out of Newport have targeted halibut inside the 40 fathom line to return with limits.
     
    Despite reports elsewhere to the contrary, the entire Oregon coast remains open to the harvest of mussels.
     
    Bobber and bait fishers have been taking some chinook on the Siuslaw around Cushman and Mapleton.
     
    Salmon are being caught offshore out of Reedsport in 90 foot depths over 200 feet of water. Chinook fishing has been slow to fair in Winchester Bay with the season just getting started. A few are being taken around the Highway 101 Bridge at Reedsport.
     
    While Charleston has been a popular launch point for albacore, as of August 5th, tuna have moved far offshore along with warmer water. Bottom fishing has been excellent and ocean crabbing is fair.  The fifth Annual Sunset Bay Angler of the Day is a kayak-only fishing tournament scheduled to take place August 23rd at Sunset Bay State Park in Coos Bay. Points per inch are awarded for each of nine species.
     
    When boats have been able to get out of Gold Beach, bottom fishing has been excellent for lingcod and rockfish. Limits of ocean crab have added to the bounty. Ocean salmon fishing has been fair to good with mostly chinook being taken. Coho catches are fair with a number of wild fish having to be released. Trollers dragging anchovy/spinner combos are taking two to three dozen Chinook out of Rogue Bay every day. Summer steelhead catches have started to pick up on the Grants Pass stretch of the Rogue River. With outflow from Lost Creek stable at 1,500 cfs, catches on the upper river have been steady and reliable.

    Ocean chinook fishing has slowed out of Brookings but catches of rockfish, lingcod and halibut are filling the gap. Deep trollers report taking some of each specie on occasion. About half of the southern Oregon halibut quota remains to be taken.


    Eastern – Summer steelhead catches on the lower Deschutes are slow to fair but steady with fish being landed daily. Shaded water is producing best.
     
    Trout fishing is fair at best on the Wallowa River with fish off the bite over the past week. Hot weather may be contributive. Fishing remains worthwhile at Wallowa Lake although action has slowed a bit.
     
    Crane Prairie has been producing for the bobber 'n' bait crowd but the trout have been running small.
     
    Trollers are taking kokanee at Odell Reservoir in the mornings with the bite shutting down around 9 a.m.
     
    And here’s the latest update on the halibut extension starting the 15th of August:
     
    Central Oregon Coast Summer All-Depth Sport Halibut Open August 15 & 16
      
    The Central Coast Summer All-depth halibut fishery will be OPEN August 15 & 16.  During the first opening, 17,788 pounds were landed, this leaves approximately 30,000 pounds remaining.  Any additional dates after that will be announced by noon on Friday, August 22.
     
    The Central Coast nearshore fishery, through August 3, has landed 9,508 pounds, leaving 12,766 pounds (57%) of the quota remaining.
     
    The Columbia River summer all-depth fishery is open Thursday-Sunday, and the nearshore open Monday-Wednesday.  Both fisheries have the majority of their quota remaining.
     
    The Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt to the OR/CA Border) through August 3 has landed 2,646 pounds, leaving 1,066 pounds (29%) of the quota remaining
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  • Sportsman's Warehouse Salmon Derby Winner - Maria Cordeiro


    Sportsman's Warehouse Salmon Derby Winner - Maria Cordeiro

    Maria caught this monster 40" springer, weighing in at 32.45 lbs, with the help of Team Pavati's very own Steve Crisler on the Rogue River about 3 minutes away from the Pavati factory in White City, Oregon utilizing a Pavati Destroyer powerboat that has been nicknamed "The Dragon Slayer".

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  • Pavati Picture of the Week - Rich Riehl


    Rich Riehl sent us this photo of his monster 40" steelhead that Pavati Pro Steve Crisler put him on in one of our Legacy drift boats

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  • Used Drift Boat For Sale - 17 x 61 Custom 2012 Pavati Legacy

    Easily one of the most unique drift boats ever built, this 17x61 Legacy model was made in 2012 and has a one of a kind Deyoung Fish Art wrap above embossed diamond plate sides. Interior is a light grey powder coat with the floors and boxes powder coated and shaved black texture.


    Features:

    • Two (2) custom Pavati Element seats on dry storage boxes

    • One (1) padded row seat with removable back rest on dry storage boxes

    • Front removable padded casting stand

    • Rear removable padded casting stand

    • Vacuum sealed UHMW bottom

    • Accessory box with tackle storage

    • Rod butt holder with leader roller

    • Front port side door

    • Rear starboard side door

    • Full level diamond plate floor with quick lock seat system

    • North West custom aluminum trailer


    Contact Steve Crisler @ Pavati Marine for more details.

    Local: 541-826-3551

    Toll Free: 800-866-5269



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  • Oregon Fishing Report - Rogue River July 23 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report - Rogue River July 23, 2014


    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch

    Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching summer steelhead in the middle Rogue.  Try night crawlers and corkies, or a Panther Martin with black and silver body and gold blades. Some anglers report success back trolling plugs at the bottom of riffles using crayfish imitations. Fishing for spring Chinook remains slow in this section of the river, as anglers anticipate the arrival of fall Chinook salmon. The flow at Grants Pass was 1560 cfs and the water temperature was 71°F on July 21.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Summer steelhead fishing is very good in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery.  Anglers are still catching spring Chinook, although most are non-adipose fin-clipped and have to be released unharmed. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

    Anglers are reminded that all fish that are released must be unharmed. ODFW is receiving numerous reports of poor handling of wild spring chinook on the upper Rogue River.  Fish must remain in the water at all times, the hook removed while the fish is in the water, and the fish gently released from the net.  This is especially important during the very hot and dry weather of summer 2014. 

    Beginning July 1, anglers can keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

    Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released unharmed.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1509 cfs and the water temperature was 54°F the morning of July 21. The flow at Gold Ray was 1530 cfs and water temperature was 65°F. As of July 21, 7176 spring Chinook and 600 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with over 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout each week. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

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  • Pat from Washington slaying steehead and rockin his Pavati Guardian drift boat


    Pat from Washington slaying steehead and rockin' his Pavati Guardian drift boat



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  • Oregon Fishing Report July 15th - Rogue River


    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch

    Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. A decrease in the release from Lost Creek Reservoir will mean much lower river flows for the next several weeks. The flow at Grants Pass was 1560 cfs and the water temperature was 67°F on July 15.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching spring Chinook and summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

    Beginning July 1, anglers can keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

    Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 1512 cfs and the water temperature was 53°F the morning of July 14. The flow at Gold Ray was 1530 cfs and water temperature was 62°F. As of July 9, 6624 spring Chinook and 321 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

    Major public access sites on the Rogue River between Prospect and Minnehaha Creek are being stocked with over 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout each week. In addition to the stocked trout, naturally produced rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout are available in the river and in many tributaries. Plentiful trout, beautiful scenery, easy access, and an abundance of Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas make this a great place to go trout fishing.

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  • Heils Guide Service Rockin' Their New Pavati Guardian


    This beautiful Upper Rogue River Spring Chinook Salmon was caught last week running plugs by Jason Heil of Heils Guide Service while rockin' his new 17 x 61 Pavati Guardian Model drift boat.

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  • Oregon Fishing Report July 8th - Rogue River


    Oregon Fishing Report for July 8th, 2014 - Rogue River

    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch
     
    Anglers have started picking up fall chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade. With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late mornings or afternoons. Water temperatures are increasing and flows droppings so anglers can expect chinook to continue stacking up in the bay. This time of year the best fishing is from Highway 101 downstream to the mouth.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing, but river temperatures are getting pretty warm and making it hard to get fish to bite. Best time to fish is first thing in the morning.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching a few summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. A decrease in the release from Lost Creek Reservoir will mean much lower river flows for the next several weeks. The flow at Grants Pass was 1600 cfs and the water temperature was averaging 67°F on July 7.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

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  • Newsletter - July 2014

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  • Catch of the Month - BEAST ALERT!!! 32+lb Springer!


    Catch of the Month - BEAST ALERT!!! 32+lb Springer!

    Pavati Marine's own Steve Crisler sure knows how to put people on the fish and just how to catch them. This monster 32+lb Springer, (which currently is in 1st Place in Sportsman's Warehouse Salmon Derby) was caught by Tasha Crisler on the Rogue River in White City, Oregon during a 4th of July outing with one of Pavati's Destroyer powerboats that has been nicknamed "The Dragon Slayer".




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  • Spring Chinook Salmon with Sweet Potato Ravioli


    Astoria Spring Chinook Salmon, Sweet Potato Ravioli, Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, Rosemary, Sage, and Beurre Fondue from Nicholas Yanes of H50 Bistro & Bar at Hotel Fifty - Portland, OR

    INGREDIENTS:

    Sweet Potato Ravioli
    400 grams roasted sweet potato
    2 egg yolks
    50 grams crème fraîche
    10 grams fines herbes, finely chopped
    500 grams semolina flour
    400 grams all-purpose flour
    400 grams eggs
    300 grams egg yolks
    egg wash
    Ravioli filling
    Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, Rosemary, Sage, and Beurre Fondue
    200 grams whole butter, cold
    2 cloves garlic, cut fine brunoise
    1 small shallot, cut fine brunoise
    150 milliliters white wine
    10 baby zucchinis, cut in half ( leave blossoms on if possible)
    2 sage leaves, cut fine chiffonade
    1 small branch rosemary, finely chopped
    10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
    Astoria Spring Chinook Salmon
    4 200-gram portions spring salmon, pin bones removed and skin on
    Fine sea salt
    30 milliliters grapeseed oil
    To Assemble and Serve
    Salted water
    parsley

    METHOD:

    For the Sweet Potato Ravioli Dough:
    In a Kitchen Aid mixer with the paddle attachment mix together the sweet potato, 2 egg yolks, crème fraîche, and fines herbes on medium speed until well incorporated. Reserve. Mix the semolina and all-purpose flours together until well incorporated, then transfer to the mixer with the dough hook attachment. Slowly incorporate the eggs and the egg yolks until a ball forms around the hook. Continue to knead the mixer for 5 minutes or until the dough begins to lighten in color. Using the pasta attachment, roll out the dough to the number 6 setting and reserve sheets. Cut pieces of pasta into 3 inch squares, brush two perpendicular sides of the square with egg wash, put 1 tablespoon of the sweet potato filling in center, and fold over to make an isosceles triangle, ensuring that there are no air pockets in the ravioli.

    For the Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, Rosemary, Sage, and Beurre Fondue:
    Take a small knob of the butter and sweat the garlic and shallots, do not caramelize. Add wine and reduce to au sec. Add zucchini, sage and rosemary, then mount with butter. When butter is fully emulsified, add the tomatoes to keep texture and freshness.

    For the Astoria Spring Chinook Salmon:
    Dry the salmon very toughly, and season all surfaces with fine sea salt. Over medium heat, warm the grapeseed oil in a skillet. Once hot, put salmon, 1 portion at a time, skin side down, in the pan, allowing 15 to 20 seconds for pan to recover before adding the next piece of fish. To ensure crispy skin, do not disturb pan and make sure the heat stays constant for 7 minutes. Once skin is crispy, flip and sear the other sides of the salmon for 1 minute. Put on a cooling rack to rest.

    To Assemble and Serve:
    Boil the raviolis in salted water for 2 minutes. To plate, divide the ravioli and coat with the Beurre Fondue. Top with a fillet of Astoria Spring Chinook Salmon and garnish with parsley.


    Compliments of:

    Nicholas Yanes of H50 Bistro & Bar at Hotel Fifty - Portland, OR

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  • Chinook Salmon with Smoked Salmon Leek and Potato Chowder


    Chinook Salmon with Smoked Salmon Leek & Potato Chowder

    • prep time 60 min
    • total time 90 min
    • serves 4

    Ingredients

    Chanterelle & Sweet Corn

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) unsalted butter

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil

    1 lb. (454 g) chanterelle mushrooms, cleaned and quartered

    1 shallot, minced

    1 cup (250 mL) sweet corn kernels

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped flat leaf Italian parsley

    salt and pepper

    Smoked Salmon Chowder

    ¼ cup (60 mL) unsalted butter

    2 large leeks, white part only, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices

    2 sprig thyme

    ¼ cup (60 mL) white wine

    1 cup (250 mL) good quality fish stock

    1 cup (250 mL) heavy (35% MF) cream

    1 lb. (454 g) skin-on parboiled fingerling potatoes, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch coins

    1 cup (250 mL) smoked salmon chunks

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) chopped dill

    1 Tbsp (15 mL) minced preserved lemon rind, optional

    salt and pepper

    Chinook Salmon

    ¼ cup (60 mL) unsalted butter

    4 skin-on Chinook centre-cut salmon fillets (each about 8 oz/227 g) seasoned on all sides with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper


    Directions

    Chanterelle & Sweet Corn

    1. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, add butter and oil.

    2. Add mushrooms and sauté until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, then stir in shallots and corn and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes more, stirring frequently, then add parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Smoked Salmon Chowder

    1. In a Dutch oven set over medium heat, melt butter, add leeks, and cook until softened, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then stir in thyme, wine and stock and cook 5 minutes more.

    2. Stir in cream and bring mixture to a boil, then gently fold in potatoes, smoked salmon, dill and preserved lemon, if using, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Chinook Salmon

    1. Set a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat and add butter.

    2. Working in batches if necessary, place filets skin-side-down and cook until skin is crispy, about 4 minutes. Turn filets over and cook 4 minutes more, basting occasionally with butter. Turn filets on side and cook for another 4 minutes per side; total cooking time is 12 minutes for medium doneness.

    3. To Plate: Spoon chowder into each of 4 bowls, place filet on top and spoon over chanterelle-corn and serve immediately.


    Courtesy of: 
    Lynn Crawford of Pitchin' In

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  • Pavati's Fly Tying Tips - Lynch's Double Dot Egg

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  • Pavati's Fly Tying Tips - Upper Rogue River July 2014


    Trout fishing is open! Fish stone flies on top, or under an indicator. Summer Steelhead have arrived at the hatchery! Spring Chinook fishing should improve through the month as more fish arrive to the hatchery. Fishing pressure is increasing on the river as people look to catch Salmon. Remember fishing etiquette when around other anglers.

    "Must-have fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

    •                                                                                                                                                                                           Kaufmanns Stonefly Nymph
    • Lynch's Double Dot Egg
    • Tunghead Stonefly
    • Premium Alaska Selection
    • Med A Egg Sucking Leech
    • Bead Head Emerging Sparkle Caddis Pupa
    • Steelie Omelet

    Water flow: 1,800 at Cole Rivers Hatchery (as of June 26, 2014).

    Visibility: 30 inches

    Water temperature at mid-day: 51 Degrees F

    Water condition: Clear

    Best time of day to fish: All day

    Best stretch: Below Lost Creek Dam to Gold Hill.

    Best access point: Cole Rivers Hatchery, Casey State Park, Rouge Elk Campground, Shady Cove Bridge, Dodge Bridge, Touvelle State Park, Gold Ray Road.

    Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

    Stonefly, Mayfly, Caddies, Midges

    Fish species: Trout, Steelhead, Salmon

    Fishing season: Year-round: Consult regulations for more information.

    Nearest airport: Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR)

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  • Pavati's Fly Tying Tips - Kaufmanns Stonefly Nymph

    kaufmann's stone fly

    HOOK: 5263, sizes 2-6; weighted

    THREAD: Black

    ANTENNAE: Black turkey biot

    TAIL: Same as antennae

    RIB: Black Schwannundaze

    ABDOMEN: Make a blend of angora goat in various colors to look iridescent; use black purple, claret, red, amber, brown, blue, and orange. Mix 2:1 with black Haretron

    WINGCASES: Three sections of turkey quill. Coat with Flexament and clip to shape before tying

    LEGS: Round black rubber

    THORAX: Same as abdomen

    HEAD: Same as abdomen      

    Uses

    Imitates the nymphs of the salmonfly (Pteronarcys californica). This fly must be fished on the bottom. Period. So weight it heavily under the body, then flatten the weight with pliers. For extra weight, put on a beadhead. Yes, you're going to lose a lot of flies.

    Variations

    The rubber legs are optional. Vary colors to match the available insects. Most of the big salmonfly nymphs are black, with some chocolate brown ones. The slightly smaller golden stoneflies are more of a mottled tan; use size 8-12 hooks for them.

    How to Fish

    Dead drift on the bottom with an indicator or tight line presentation. The best areas are bouldery sections, riffles, and just below riffles. If you find a moderatre drop-off just below a riffle, consider yourself blessed.      

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  • Drift Boat 101 – Getting Started with Gear


    As you may have heard there was an unfortunate death on the Lower Yuba not long ago when an older gentleman was knocked out of a drift boat rowed by his son and did not recover. I decided to post some articles about the art and safety regarding rowing a drift boat, raft or pontoon boat down a river. So with that premise, here’s the beginning of Drift Boat 101 - Getting Started with Gear;

    With more and more people floating our rivers in drift boats, rafts and pontoon boats it is important to emphasize the education and practice to row boats safely.

    Safety and Gear

    When getting together the gear to outfit a drift boat there is more to it than rods, reels and flies. Lets go over a list of safety gear.


    Life Vests

    There should be life vests ready and available for all people in the boat.

    I’ll put the life vests on the seats so they are accessible. When scouting a run and a difficult or technical run is anticipated. Put them on! They will be of not much use if they’re stowed away or not on.



    Throw Bag

    You should have a throw bag which are available at NRS which can be used if you ever 
    have someone overboard and then can throw a line to haul them to safety. Essential on big water Class III and above. Not really necessary on class II or lower. 




    First Aid Kit

    As with any outdoor activity having a well stocked first aid kit is a very good idea.

    Here’s a link to a HRS first aid kit in a waterproof bag.

    http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp?pfid=27431&pdeptid=1076



    Sunscreen

    I try to always have sunscreen available for myself for whoever else might need it.

    Simms make a good one, but just about any good brand will work.




    Rowers Gloves

    A good pair of rowers gloves comes in handy if you’re not on the river 
    rowing everyday and can prevent blisters and sores on your hands.



    Sunglasses

    Everyone in the boat should have sunglasses.

    This is a safety issue as much as a tool to help spot fish. A hook in the eye is no one’s idea of a fun day.

    I like the Action Optics Guides Choice.
    http://www.smithoptics.com




    Break Down Oar

    Carlisle Oars sells a breakdown oar that can be strapped under a rowers seat in a drift boat or along the tube on a full sized raft or cat. You don’t want to be halfway down a river and lose an oar. Get One! 


    The next article, Driftboat 101 – Basic Rowing Technique, will get started with the basic rowing technique and then on to making “Ferrying Maneuvers”.

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  • Team Pavati Pro Staff Spotlight - Jarrod Kelso with Hooked for Life Guide Service


    Team Pavati Pro Staff Jarrod Kelso with Hooked for Life Guide Service

    Check out these awesome springers that Pavati Pro Staff Jarrod Kelso with Hooked for Life Guide Service has been putting his clients on the last few weeks. Jarrod runs an awesome program and has been consistently putting keepers in the box. If you want to get on his new 16x61 Pavati Guardian drift boat and get after some kings, give him a call at 541-359-8370.
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  • Product Spotlight - Steve's Plug Bucket


    Thought I would share a very cool way to store your plugs this year...
    All you need is a couple buckets, a drill, some mag lips, lemon joy, scissors, and a brush. I found the yellow bucket at a paint store -one side is flat and the top rim comes down about an inch (that's key so the hook points don't hang below and get caught on everything). it's also kinda tampered so it fits real good in the blue bucket. All you need to do is drill holes every 1 1/2" around the top rim with a small enough bit so the the hooks just fit inside. This helps because if you have barbed hooks you will have to clear the barb to get the plug out and the plugs will not come out on their own while your driving etc. Next I cut a hole just big enough for a pair of scissors, but you could also use a small fillet knife or whatever. Works great, give it a try!

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  • Best Fishing Gear 2014

    Our experts evaluated and rigorously tested a boatload of all-new, innovative tackle—rods and reels, lures and lines, electronics and more—on lakes and streams across the country. This is the equipment that withstood every trial and earned their final approval.

    Flyfishing

    Reviewing this year’s Best Gear involved some tight calls. The number of product introductions was modest, but the overall quality was unusually high, even in lower-priced gear, and particularly in core tackle—rods, reels, and lines. Here are the very best.

    Nautilus CCF-X2 6/8 Reel

    Simply put, this 6- to 8-weight reel is all business—intelligent engineering executed in top-flight materials for light saltwater or heavy freshwater work. The heart of the matter is a fully enclosed cork-and-carbon-fiber disc brake protected by proprietary seals that exclude water, sand, and salt. With a large disc surface and hybrid-­ceramic bushings, the reel has an impressively low startup inertia (the company claims less than 1 percent) at all settings. The oversize drag knob, a blessing for wet or cold hands, takes the brake from free spool to lockdown through a six-turn adjustment window that allows exceptional fine-tuning of the resistance. Self-lubricating, long-lasting thermoplastic spindle bushings shave weight and are inert to corrosion. The large-arbor reel picks up an impressive 12 inches of line with each revolution. Extensive porting and a single-sided frame bring this reel in at a comfortable 7.6 ounces, making it a nice match with today’s superlight rods. But the frame is plenty sturdy for fighting the big boys and shows no flexing or racking, even at high drag settings.

    MSRP: $435; nautilusreels.com

    Scott Radian 8'6" 4-Weight Fly Rod

    A good all-purpose trout rod balances often contradictory characteristics—short-line presentation and distance delivery, finesse and power, tippet protection and backbone, and the ability to deliver small and large flies. It’s a tall order, but the Scott Radian 8-foot 6-inch 4-weight pulls it off. The fast-action rod feels light in the hand, more like a 3-weight, but there’s lots packed into it. It can summon the juice for longer-range casts, lobbing indicator rigs, and slapping the banks with big wind-resistant hoppers. But it also excels at short range, exhibiting none of the stiff clubbiness or other performance drawbacks that often characterize fast sticks. It has a great touch that puts the fly down right where you aim, and it stays true at progressively longer distances. The sensitive tip recovers quickly with no residual vibration to steal distance or compromise accuracy. Scott has taken pride of late in its rod aesthetics, and that shows here. It’s a handsome package and fishes beautifully.

    MSRP: $795; scottflyrod.com

    RIO Perception Fly Line

    Improvements in floating fly-line materials have largely addressed line coatings—the big culprit in durability and flotation problems. But innovation in the Perception series goes beneath the surface to a new ultra-low-stretch core that prevents line elongation under tension.  This absence of stretch greatly aids line pickup and allows for more precise mending. The line is built on a very castable, all-purpose taper that can throw a wide variety of fly types and sizes.

    MSRP: $90; rioproducts.com

    Orvis Gale Force Boat Bag

    The movable interior partitions of this semirigid bag aren’t the typical wimpy foam dividers that can let gear migrate but, rather, are rigid plastic panels that secure in a track around the inside perimeter. They stay in place and keep contents separate. Clear zippered pockets inside the lid keep phone and camera at the ready. It resists water entry when unzipped and kept all my fly gear dry on float trips.

    MSRP: $249; orvis.com

    BAITCASTING

    There’s no rule that says quality has to cost an arm and a leg, and our rod and reel winners prove it. Both take advantage of modern technology and materials, and both are in the price range of the weekend angler. By Joe Cermele

    Quantum Tour MG

    Weighing a mere 5.4 ounces, Quantum’s Tour MG fell in the middle of the road pricewise compared with others tested—but good luck finding another genuine magnesium baitcaster for under $300. To help keep things compact, Quantum completely enclosed the six-level brake-weight adjustment knob inside the side plate, which pops open easily with the push of a button. Fine-tune its capabilities with a few clicks of the outer-spool tension knob, and you can dial in to any lure weight, style, or presentation with pinpoint accuracy. This reel also delivers small lures without a hint of backlash.

    MSRP: $280; quantumfishing.com

    Cabela’s Tournament ZX

    As bass techniques constantly evolve, many rod manufacturers are not just producing a set of sticks in different lengths and actions, but whole series of specialty rods tailored to every specific bass lure and method, from drop-shotting to frog pitching to jerkbait twitching. Once, only high-end builders made these custom sticks, and they’d cost you plenty. Now Cabela’s has a series that offers the diehard bass fisherman a rod of high quality to match his or her favorite bait or presentation style—but that won’t drain the savings account.

    I tested all of the casting models of Cabela’s Tournament ZX series, but the 6-foot 9-inch Jerkbait/Topwater rod was my favorite. Before I even made a cast, the comfortable Winn Grip handles—a material most often found on golf clubs—impressed me. On the water, in the rain, no less, the grips proved their worth, providing excellent control with wet hands. The weight and sensitivity of the blank felt comparable to rods that cost quadruple the price, allowing me to keep perfect contact with baits during the entire retrieve.

    MSRP: $100; cabelas.com

    SPINNING

    Both of this year’s winners provide fishermen with more feel, more power, and more reliability in a smaller, lighter package. By Joe Cermele

    Shimano Stradic CI4+

    When you first pick up a Stradic CI4+ 2500FA, it might fool you into thinking it’s a stream-trout reel. In actuality, this compact 7-ounce spinner is intended to take on the biggest bass and walleyes you can find, and it shines in situations that require a finesse presentation and lighter line.

    To test the drags of the spinning reels this year, I didn’t chase walleyes or bass, but local carp that are usually willing to gobble a piece of corn. The Stradic’s drag took the first run of a 10-pounder without a hiccup, and the extra-sensitive knob made smooth work of adjustments on the fly. Most impressive were the overall tolerances; there was no torquing or binding like you often get when really putting heat on a smaller reel that’s battling a fish with shoulders.

    In terms of casting, I tested all the reels with 8-pound monofilament and paid particular attention to wind knots and line twist. On a breezy day, slinging everything from hair jigs to stickbaits, the Stradic outperformed the others, throwing no loops or twists. If light tackle is your game, this reel will deliver the goods.

    MSRP: $230; fish.shimano.com

    Lew’s Speed Stick 365 Carbon Nanolar

    There are four spinning rods in the 365 line, and our tester was the 7-foot ­medium-​­action model. From the start, this rod felt different. It had a noticeably weighty butt section that tapered away into a light, sensitive blank. In other words, backbone for setting, lifting, and fighting power, but a top end capable of keeping you in contact with lures during the subtlest presentations. During my testing, it performed almost like two rods in one, morphing with the task at hand. While bumping tubes and drop-shotting in a hole, I could feel every tick of the bottom. If I snagged up and lifted to pull free, it was as though all the power shifted to the butt section, and it felt like a much stouter rod than I was using only seconds earlier. For $100, it’s hard to beat the 365.

    MSP: $100; lews.com

    LURES & ACCESSORIES

    Selecting the criteria by which to judge this little-bit-of-this, little-bit-of-that category can get complicated. But the single trait shared by the two winners is ingenuity with purpose. One will get you more fish right away, and the other will keep everything that you need to get more fish ­organized, ­corrosion-free, and dry season after season. By Joe Cermele

    Rapala Scatter Rap Crank

    Lure companies have been experimenting with lip styles for decades, but when it came down to it, basically a lip was a lip was a lip. Then Rapala broke the mold—or rebuilt it, anyway—with this year’s Scatter Rap Crank, featuring the new Scatter Lip. With a scoop shape similar to a shovel, this simple yet innovative crankbait naturally skitters, switches direction, and changes its vibration on a straight retrieve. What that mimics is the behavior of a distressed baitfish almost to perfection. Over the summer, I worked one for river smallmouths, focusing on those holes where you know big fish live but are notoriously hard to catch. During three trips, I pulled bass from these spots within 10 casts. Considering that every local angler pounds these holes, it told me Rapala may just have developed something that really stands out. The Scatter Raps are made of balsa wood and are available in
    14 colors.

    MSRP: $9; rapala.com

    Flambeau ­Ultimate Tuff ’Tainer

    Give a run-of-the-mill plastic tackle tray enough time and eventually the corners will crack, the snaps will break, and the dividers will warp. These are all problems solved by Flambeau’s Ultimate Tuff ’Tainers, and they’ll only cost you a couple bucks more than those el cheapo trays. These boxes are gasketed and watertight. The seal is so strong it actually hisses like a fresh coffee can when you crack open the clamps, which are much stronger than traditional snaps. Reinforced corners are a big plus; they easily passed our drop test, even with heavy weights loaded into the trays. The dividers are Flambeau’s patented Zerust dividers, which have a polymer coating that inhibits rust and corrosion. Stick a small model in your pocket and wet wade worry-free. Fill the larger boxes and never sweat whether a few drops of water will rust out your stickbait arsenal. Ultimate Tuff ’Tainers come in four sizes and eight models.

    MSRP: $8.50–$16.25; flambeauoutdoors.com

    OUTERWEAR

    Along with last season’s regionally heavy rains came a deluge of new outerwear—particularly stuff to keep you dry, but also to keep you warm, or cool, or securely shod, or well organized. In the large pool of equipment nominated, here’s what rose to the top. By Ted Leeson

    Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader

    Old name, new wader. This redesign begins with a Gore-Tex five-layer fabric (exclusive to Simms) from the mid-thigh down, giving significantly improved breathability and excellent durability for brush busting or approaching spooky fish on your knees. For suppleness and upper-body mobility, the upper is a three-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell. This chassis is tricked out with features designed by people who actually fish. A smart, flip-out chest panel has dual grommeted tippet sleeves, a reinforced dock for pin-on tools, and a large pocket with zip access front and rear for fly boxes or accessories. When you factor in the additional large stretch-fabric compartment and utility tabs on
    the wader front, you can pretty much carry a day’s worth of tackle and dispense with a vest or chest pack altogether. The reach-through hand-warmer pockets are welcome, the microfleece lining is comfy in the chill, and storm-flapped openings prevent rain entry and (hallelujah!) won’t catch on oar handles. 

    MSRP: $500; simmsfishing.com

    Patagonia Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Zip-Neck and Bottoms

    This next-generation Cap uses a new Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency fabric developed specifically for Patagonia. The base layer is thinner and less bulky than previous versions, but warmer and more breathable—ideal for cold-weather angling that involves periods of exertion (like hiking) alternating with intervals of low activity (like not catching fish). It also checks those annoying aromas of personal funk.

    MSRP: $99 and $79; patagonia.com

    Cabela’s Gore-Tex Guidewear Bass Angler Jacket and Bibs

    Almost inevitably, rain gear involves a tradeoff. Hard-wearing, heavyweight stuff restricts motion and in hot weather will braise you in your own juices; cooler, more supple ultralight suits don’t give long service. The Guidewear jacket and bibs, however, sensibly balance ruggedness with easy mobility to provide superior wind and water protection in a shell.
     
    The 75-denier Gore-Tex three-layer laminate is remarkably tough, and the design promotes durability by keeping seams (and seam tape) out of high-wear areas such as knees and elbows. At the same time, the fabric offers high breathability for hot-weather wear and a comfortable flexibility for easy movement around a boat. It’s an ideal three-season weight with features that focus squarely on utility. Waterproof YKK zippers, a three-point adjusting hood, hook-and-loop cuffs, and storm-flapped thigh-high leg zippers seal out the elements. Five pockets on the jacket and five more on the bibs keep a generous selection of tackle and tools right at hand. An internal waist adjustment on the bibs helps corral excess fabric for a good fit, and a grippy facing holds suspenders in place. Reflective fabric strips, top and bottom, increase visibility for safety. In terms of function, nothing’s missing and nothing’s wasted.

    MSRP: $300; cabelas.com

    Simms Headwaters Large Sling Pack

    Bandolier-style sling packs are an immensely practical—and increasingly popular—alternative to vests, chest packs, and lumbar packs. They’re less restrictive, more comfortable, and more versatile. And this is a particularly functional incarnation of the concept; it doesn’t just store your tackle but keeps it organized as well. Sleeves in the main compartment hold boxes of flies or lures and accessories and prevent them from jumbling together at the bottom. A big exterior pocket puts three or four additional boxes (or other gear) at your fingertips. A second, compression-molded exterior pocket (with still more tackle sleeves) unzips to form a drop-down tray that serves as a rigging station—a handy feature for wade fishermen. The wide, padded sling strap slides smoothly over your shoulder for easy access, and a waist strap stabilizes the load when hiking or wading. Smart.

    MSRP: $120; simmsfishing.com

    MARINE ELECTRONICS

    Staying ahead of the game in the world of electronics is no easy feat, whether you’re talking TVs or fishfinders. Garmin, however, rises to the challenge, producing one of the most impressive all-in-one units on the water today. It’s so far out in front that it makes you wonder what they could possibly come up with next year. By Joe Cermele

    Garmin GPSmap 741xs

    Garmin’s GPSmap 741xs operates via touch screen much like an iPad or iPhone, and it even has the same pinch-to-zoom technology. This may seem like overkill, but on a rocking boat, or when it’s cold, or when you’re running 70 mph across the lake, fumbling with buttons and toggles is no fun. The unit comes preloaded with Garmin’s full array of saltwater maps as well as 14,000 bodies of freshwater. Boasting a processor that’s 60 percent faster than any of Garmin’s previous offerings, it changes charts with incredible speed. There are too many features to mention them all (it does just about everything except make breakfast), but what stood out most during our test was the high-­definition sonar imaging and a depth-­shading function available with an additional LakeVü card. If you can’t catch fish with the 741xs, you should consider quitting fishing.

    MSRP: Starts at $1,700; garmin.com

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  • Oregon Fishing Report - July 1st 2014


    Oregon Fishing Report - July 1st, 2014

    Weekend fishing opportunities

    July is when cutthroat trout start to move into the estuaries and lower sections of many area rivers.

    With the onset of warmer temperatures, warmwater fishing should be picking up in several local area waters.

    Largemouth bass fishing has been good on Temmile and other lakes. Summer can be a great time to target largemouth with topwater lures.

    ROGUE RIVER

    Rogue River, lower: steelhead, Chinook, surfperch
      
    Fall chinook should start moving into the estuary anytime.

    Anglers are picking up a few early run summer steelhead casting spinners or fly fishing.

    Anglers are picking up surfperch on many beaches and at the mouth of the Rogue River. Anglers should check the marine forecast before heading out.

    Rogue River, middle: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching a few summer steelhead in the middle Rogue. Chinook fishing remains slow in this section of the river. The flow at Grants Pass was 2,390 cfs and the water temperature was 63°F on June 30.

    Rogue River, upper: steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

    Anglers are catching spring Chinook and a few summer steelhead in the river from Gold Hill upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery. Drift fishing, backtrolling bait-wrapped plugs, and backbouncing with bait or drift bobbers are popular and productive techniques. Fishing has been most productive early and late in the day.

    Beginning July 1, anglers will be able to keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook salmon in the Rogue River from Fishers Ferry Boat Ramp to Dodge Bridge per the Southwest Zone fishing regulations. Above Dodge Bridge, non-adipose fin-clipped salmon will still have to be released.

    Trout fishing has been good. Anglers may keep up to five adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day. All other trout must be released.

    The release from Lost Creek Reservoir was 2,205 cfs and the water temperature was 52°F the morning of June 30. The flow at Gold Ray was 2,350 cfs with a water temperature of 57°F. As of June 25, 5,732 spring Chinook and 134 summer steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery. So far this season, the hatchery has recycled 3,561 spring Chinook salmon back downstream to Gold Hill to give anglers another chance at catching these fish.

    Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir: trout

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