Thursday, October 19, 2017

Help out with the latest State TU Project!

2017 State Conservation Project

Dear Oregon Trout Unlimited Members,

This is your invitation to participate in the annual Oregon Trout Unlimited state conservation project. On Sunday, November 5th, the Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited will be collaborating with the Mckenzie River Trust to restore an important side channel of the Mckenzie River, near Springfield, Oregon. All TU members in Oregon are invited to volunteer.

In 2015, the Mckenzie River Trust acquired the 31-acre "Chub Slough" property as part of its plan to protect 200 acres of riparian and floodplain habitat along the Mckenzie.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

In case you had not heard....

Hopefully everyone got the email notice from the Oregon Council regarding your access to the COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR employee store!

That's right - for the second year in a row during the month of OCTOBER you can access the employee store in Beaverton and take advantage of the opportunity to purchase Columbia and associated family products at employee discount rates. The BENEFIT? OCTU and the our TU efforts in Oregon will receive a 10% return on all purchases during this period.

If you didn't receive a pass or are not on the email list for TU - please CONTACT US and we'll do what we can to get you the necessary information.

And thank you COLUMBIA!


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September at TVTU??

Holding out for a bit of the 'Oregon sunshine' - we could use it! In the meantime - be safe and considerate when using our outdoor resources. So what is on tap for September to get us through this last bit of summer?

Jerry, our soon to be retiring from the editor position Editor, has filled one of the last editions of his career - take a look and what your chapter is doing!

Just a reminder - although we have an editor in training who has volunteered to take on the TVTU publication.....we could use a hand or two to assist Lori Day with this bi-monthly effort - please let her know! CONTACT US.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House; Multnomah Village

WHAT TIME: 6:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: Stacie Kelsey-"Trout Fishing in SW Washington"

Expand your fishing geographically! Here's how to get started exploring the trout waters of SW Washington state - our neighbors to the north.
Stacie will provide specific information on where to go, when, and how to fish some of their more productive and easily reached waters close to our metro area.
WHAT TO BRING: a few bucks for a beverage and dinner; throw in a few raffle tickets and your best dinnertime conversation to share with others!

WHEN: September 21-26, 2017
WHERE: Fall River - Fall River Campground
WHAT TIME: whenever you can make it
Hopefully not a lot of smoke! The Fall is one of the beauties of our state - come and share it with with a few other members from the Chapter.

WHAT to BRING: a place to stay and some fishing gear; a copy of the regulations and a side dish or dessert to share at the Saturday potluck dinner! Ask a friend to join if you wish!

Pelican Brewing 5k/10k Benefit Run [and VOLUNTEER!]
WHEN: September 23, 2017
WHERE: Tillamook, Oregon
WHAT TIME: 10 a.m. race start [VOLUNTEERS probably a bit earlier!]
As reported - a charity run; but more importantly for the Salmon Superhwy effort a chance to volunteer and represent Trout Unlimited!
Head over to THEIR WEBSITE and enter or volunteer, there is also all the information you would need to answer all the questions you have!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Drink a beer, save a fish! And take a jog....

    Hi TVTU’ers
    Just wanted to pass on an OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY that the Oregon council will be staffing as part of the support for Salmon SuperHwy.
    Pelican Brewing is sponsoring a fun run in Tillamook on September 23.  All proceeds will go toward Salmon SuperHwy.
    There are volunteer opportunities to assist with the event.  If you aren't a runner - please consider helping out by volunteering for this event - and represent TU! 
    There is a volunteer link at the bottom of the home page.
Can't or don't want to volunteer? You can always sign up and participate! Use the same link above.

STILL busy on the 23rd and can't do either - then simply DRINK A BEER and SAVE A FISH in support of the project.
Photo by SchnitzerPHOTO

Monday, August 7, 2017

Speaking of Diamond Lake....

If you've been in Oregon for very long you are ware of the various efforts to eliminate Tui Chubs and shiners [released from 'trophy' bait fisherman's bait wells/buckets] including the last rotenone poisoning. Similar to other battles with mother nature this one continues to thrive - and here is the latest effort to thwart the invasives....

Tui chub (bottom) and a golden shiner (top).  Both fish are present in Diamond Lake, but ODFW says the shiners don't proliferate and affect water quality nearly as intensely as the chub.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Sterile trout will prey on invasive Diamond Lake shiners

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Last chance for a Diamond...

WHEN: August 4-6, 2017
WHERE: Diamond Lake - Broken Arrow Campground
WHAT TIME: whenever you can make it
Hopefully, you read in our various notices that the date has changed for the Diamond Lake outing [to NOT coincide with the ecliptic state migration in hopes of saving you added pains of sitting idle on our roadways and being shoe-horned into our campgrounds...]. So gather up your camp stuff and flotation devices and join Andy and crew at Diamond Lake. Besides a healthy fishy [and midge population], Diamond is a beautiful body of water shadowed by Mt Thielsen. Come one, come all! Saturday is a potluck dinner - the chapter provides the entree - attendees please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
DIRECTIONS: Take I-5 south to Eugene; Hwy 58 across the mountains to Hwy 97; Hwy 97 South to Hwy 138; follow 138 to the Lake and watch for signs for the Broken Arrow Campground [south end of the lake].
WHAT to BRING: a floating fishing device, bug spray, a dish to share and a friend if you wish!

Andy Andrews is the man to CONTACT.

Friday, July 28, 2017

August at TVTU?

Hopefully you got the word that August is our break from things TVTU - a time to go out and enjoy the fruits of your labors with activities revolving around the Cold, Clean and Fishable waters of the region. Or perhaps some other region that you have chosen to explore. Regardless, we are all in this together and hopefully there are fruits to be savored....

To that end....THERE IS NO TVTU MEMBER MEETING FOR AUGUST! Enjoy your time off! Still looking for some stuff to do? Check these out.....
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Mt Thielsen above Diamond Lake
WHEN: August 4-6, 2017
WHERE: Diamond Lake - Broken Arrow Campground
WHAT TIME: whenever you can make it
Hopefully, you read in our various notices that the date has changed for the Diamond Lake outing [to NOT coincide with the ecliptic state migration in hopes of saving you added pains of sitting idle on our roadways and being shoe-horned into our campgrounds...]. So gather up your camp stuff...

Monday, July 24, 2017


Dam removal should boost fish passage
Published July 23, 2017

PENDLETON — Work has started to remove a dam in Eastern Oregon that blocks salmon, steelhead and lamprey. 

The effort to remove the Dillon Diversion Dam on the Umatilla River outside of Echo started earlier this month. The dam is 200 feet long. 

Bill Duke, district fish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, said fish ladders on either side of dam don’t always work properly, and the dam was considered a significant problem for native salmon and steelhead. 

“Fall chinook and coho, they tend to come up to that obstruction and get delayed there,” Duke said. “They end up spawning there below the dam.” 

He said the spot is not conducive for rearing juvenile salmon and steelhead. 

The dam built in 1915 served five landowners as part of the Dillon Irrigation Co. with water rights dating to the 1890s.

But the landowners the rest of the ARTICLE.
EJ Harris/East Oregonian

Thursday, July 20, 2017

ODFW seeks Sport Fishing Representative for Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program Board
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking qualified applicants to fill a soon to be vacant sport fishing position on the Fish Restoration and Enhancement (R and E) Program Board. Interested individuals must apply by July 31, 2017 using <<THIS APPLICATION>>. The appointment will be effective on Jan. 1, 2018.

The ideal Sport Fishing Representative candidate will be a resident of Oregon that is able to effectively represent the sport anglers of Oregon. Desirable attributes include involvement with local fishing groups or fish management, previous experience with boards or commissions, and knowledge of, or involvement with, the diverse sport fisheries across Oregon.

The Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1989 to help fund fish restoration and enhancement projects throughout the state. The program is funded by a surcharge on sport and commercial fishing licenses and commercial poundage fees and is overseen by a seven-member citizen board made up of three sport fishing representatives, three representatives from the troll, gillnet and seafood processing industries and one public-at-large representative. The Board reviews grant proposals from various organizations and agencies and recommends projects for funding.

Board members, who are appointed to four-year terms by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, meet three or four times each year in various communities throughout the state to review project funding applications, hear public testimony, act as liaisons between the program and the public and to conduct other program business. Board members are volunteers; however, Board-related business expenses are reimbursed.

For more information and to obtain an application, go to the R and E Program website at or contact Kevin Herkamp at (503) 947-6232 or

Saturday, July 15, 2017

ODFW: anglers give region’s steelhead a helping hand
July 13, 2017

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Facing some of the lowest steelhead returns on record, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has already curtailed steelhead fishing seasons throughout the Columbia River basin by adopting rolling season closures, reduced bag limits, and a night angling closure for all species.

Additionally, ODFW is asking anglers to further help the region’s steelhead by adopting ODFW’s best handling practices when they’re out on the water this summer.

“Positive voluntary efforts may reduce the necessity for future mandatory regulations,” said Tucker Jones, ODFW’s manager of Ocean Salmon and Columbia River fisheries. “If a person happens to intercept a wild steelhead, or any steelhead during a retention closure period for that matter, it is imperative that they do their utmost to ensure its survival by using best handling practices.”

ODFW lists best handling practices on Page 13 of the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. These practices include:
  • Use barbless hooks (even where not required)
  • Use tackle strong enough to bring your fish in quickly
  • Land fish as quickly and carefully as possible
  • Avoid removing the fish from the water
  • If taking a photo, cradle the fish at water level and quickly take the picture
  • Remove hooks quickly and gently while keeping the fish under water
  • Use long-nosed pliers or hemostats to back out a hook
  • If a fish is hooked deeply, cut the line near the hook
  • Revive fish (point them into slow current or move them back and forth until gills are working)
  • When possible, let the fish swim out of your hands
  • Fish when it’s cool out – likely early in the morning or late in the afternoon – fishing is better and stress on fish is less.
Upriver summer steelhead forecasts are very low this year at approximately 119,000, compared to 5- and 10-year average actual returns of 236,000 and 315,000, respectively. Wild upriver summer steelhead forecasts are low as well, with a forecast return of just 34,000 fish versus the 5- and 10-year average actual returns of 87,000 and 105,000, respectively. Snake River wild “B” steelhead returns are the most imperiled, with a forecast of just 1,100 fish.

With returns of steelhead so low, another strategy is to not target them and focus on other species, including warmwater species such as bass, walleye, and pikeminnow. These species are not only fun to catch but they also prey on juvenile steelhead and salmon.