Restoring salmon and steelhead into the Upper Deschutes

Fisheries biologists are studying the effects of an artificial high flow event on the Crooked River last weekend. It’s part of an effort to restore salmon and steelhead runs into the upper Deschutes basin. On this edition of The Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely shows us the reasons and research behind the “pulse flow” event.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Where to fish during the stay-at-home order

Fishing season opens today on three of Central Oregon’s largest lakes: Crane Prairie, Odell and Wickiup. But, closures of public facilities limits access to a few private resorts. On this week’s edition of The Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely takes us to one of the few places anglers can legally launch a boat without violating the governor’s stay-at-home order.

People who violate closure orders in developed campgrounds, boat launches and picnic areas may be ticketed, however the U.S. Forest Service says it is seeking voluntary compliance. It is still legal to visit undeveloped areas and camp in dispersed campsites.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Restoring fish populations in the Upper Deschutes River

Important steps are being taken this year in the efforts to restore salmon and steelhead runs to the upper Deschutes River basin. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely takes us to a smolt acclimation pond on Whychus Creek near Sisters.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Fishing Trout at Lake Billy Chinook

It’s time to live vicariously through Brooke Snavely in this week’s Great Outdoors. You might be trapped inside doing your part to contain COVID-19, so sit back and enjoy as Brooke takes us hunting for the elusive bull trout of Lake Billy Chinook.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: The Latest in Aluminum Fishing Boats

If you are in the market for a boat, the Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show that begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday at the Deschutes Fair & Expo Center, is a good place to look. On this edition of The Great Outdoors, Brooke Snavely explores trends in aluminum boats.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Kokanee Fish Passage

Every year, about the time the kids head back to school, the kokanee in Lake Billy Chinook start a schooling of their own. These schooling fish signal some of the best fishing of the year.

In this week’s Great Outdoors, Central Oregon Daily’s Brooke Snavely shows us how to catch kokanee and talks about the important role these landlocked salmon play in restoring ocean-going fish runs.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

COVER STORY: Pacific Lamprey Coming Back from the Brink

They’re not as pretty, nor as sexy as salmon. And they’re not the same kind of cultural icon as a shiny fall chinook.

But they face the same kind of environmental pressure in our Pacific Northwest river systems.

The Pacific Lamprey are a fascinating fish and they need human help.

They need that help, of course, because we’ve been making their lives miserable and decimating their populations for more than a century.

Now, they might be bouncing back a little.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allen Schauffler went up the Willamette and the Yakima rivers with tribal fisheries experts to look at the efforts to bring lamprey back from the brink.

 

 

Columbia River at Deschutes River Mouth Closes to All Fishing

SALEM, Ore.— ODFW is closing all fishing (including catch-and-release) in the Columbia River around the mouth of the Deschutes River and in the lower Deschutes River from the mouth upstream to markers placed on the downstream end of Moody Rapids, from Monday, Aug. 12 through Sept. 15.

The decision comes per direction from the Fish and Wildlife Commission at their Aug. 2 meeting,

The closure is to protect wild summer steelhead and follows several other regulatory steps ODFW and WDFW have taken to protect wild steelhead this year. Returns of ESA-listed wild Snake River steelhead this year are forecasted to be similar to the extremely poor return of 2017, and there are ongoing concerns about the potential effects of angling on wild steelhead that may gather in cooler water near tributary mouths like the Deschutes.

The boundary of the angling closure is defined by a line projecting from the South Channel Range “B” marker located approximately 3/4-mile upstream of the mouth of the Deschutes, downstream through Red Buoy Marker “4”, and terminating at the flashing red USCG light #2 on the Oregon shore downstream of the mouth. (See map on Columbia River Zone fishing regulations page.)

The Commission directed ODFW to take similar steps to close the mouth of the Deschutes last year. Based on additional discussions with the public and regional biologists, the boundary of this year’s closure has been refined to reduce the impact on Chinook fishing opportunities.

This action follows a number of regulatory steps ODFW and WDFW have taken to protect wild steelhead during Columbia River summer and fall fisheries this year. Bag limits in the Columbia River were reduced to one hatchery steelhead per day for the month of July. For fall fisheries, all steelhead (hatchery and wild) must be released during the following periods:

  • Aug. 1-31 from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam,
  • Aug. 1 – Sept. 30 from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam,
  • Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 from John Day to McNary Dam, and
  • Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 from McNary Dam upstream to the OR/WA state line.

For the latest fishing regulations in the Columbia and Deschutes Rivers, visit
https://myodfw.com/recreation-report/fishing-report/columbia-zone
https://myodfw.com/recreation-report/fishing-report/central-zone

The Great Outdoors: Perdigon Fly Tying

International fly fishing competitions are driving innovations in fly fishing to help you catch more trout. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Gary Lewis takes us to the fly tying desk.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.