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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A report....

Laurance Lake - early June:

I suppose if we received more reports from members we might publish them more for other members – as the case is, we don’t receive that many and I don’t seem to make the time to fish all that often these days to make reports. Who does right? I do however, have a group of people whom I consider fishing friends who invited me along on an annual trip of theirs. Mostly coworkers and work acquaintances, this crew has been fishing annually for 21 years – I was first invited in 2012. The premise, started by a now retired structural engineer, was to take a day in the middle of the week and leave work behind – as he states “it’s a reason to play ‘hooky’ for a day”.

For as many years as I have been involved, this so-called “Shut Up and Fish” gathering has been going to Laurance Lake...

Monday, July 10, 2017

July at TVTU?

As promised with the passing of July 4th we are deep into our rainless period which spells summertime! We hope everyone survived the holiday finger and toes intact - lest the balance of your cast becomes hindered.....
So what are you doing to pass the time? Maybe we can help.....

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!

Good news we have an editor in training will to take on the assemblage of our little publication here.....still, if you are interested and care to help or otherwise lend a hand; let Lori Day know! CONTACT US! We can always use help!

WHEN: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
WHERE: Cook Park - Shelter #3 - Tigard, Oregon

WHAT TIME: 6:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: No speaker: it's TVTU Potluck Picnic time!

Well, there will be plenty of speaking going on as this is when we all informally gather and chat amongst ourselves while chowing on grilled burgers and hot dogs! Bring a spouse, friend, family member and a side-dish or dessert and join the fun. The Clackamas River Chapter and Stonefly Maidens will be joining us again too!
Ron has promised a "Whole Bunch of “Good” stuff" for the silent auction fundraiser - and asks that everyone bring a charitable attitude and a moderately full wallet! We hope to see you there!
NOTE: VENUE AND TIME CHANGE [the we're pretty lax and won't turn off the grill immediately so if you're lagging a bit behind schedule - stop on by anyways!]

NOTICE: Andy Andrews and Jeff Horton have revised the dates of the August outing to Diamond Lake - due to it's coinciding with the eclipse and all that ODOT is promising about freeway lockdowns, they have moved the dates UP on the calendar......AUGUST 4-6 are the new dates. Act accordingly or be one of too many stuck on the freeway on the originally scheduled weekend!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What'd I Miss - June Edition

The Chapter welcomed well over 30 people to the Lucky Lab Public House-Multnomah this past month in anticipation of hearing Jeff Morgan regale all with information on Fishing the Hidden Cascades of Oregon. Erle started off the meeting with new member and visitor introductions – a nice showing of folks self-introducing including Jackie [a recent Vermont transplant], Andrew and Preston [first time attendees], John [recent transfer from NY] and Phil Hafele a long-time participant and visitor. Thanks to all and we hope you had a good time! 

Fish Reports: Andy was not at this meeting but a few folks who made the Timothy Lake outing shared their reports – Tom Wolf noted that many fish were caught; John corroborates the story noting several 17” through 20” fish were brought

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Help a native fish [and ODFW] out - comment today

Fish screening waiver requested on White River – Comment until July 11
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a request to forego fish screening at a new point of diversion on White River, a tributary of the Deschutes River in Wasco County. Comments are due by July 11, 2017.

The water user on White River applied for a point of diversion transfer to their water right through the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD application #T-10555) in 2008. This transfer requested approval to relocate the point of diversion downstream where water would be diverted through the use of a pump.

OWRD approved the Transfer Application in 2009 with a requirement that the applicant install and operate a fish screen at the diversion. OWRD specified, “Prior to diverting water, the water user shall install a fish screening and/or bypass device, as appropriate, at the new point of diversion consistent with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) design and construction standards.”

The applicant has applied to ODFW’s Fish Screening Task Force to be excused from compliance....

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fish Passage Exemption....comment

ODFW seeks comment on fish passage exemption
Thursday, June 22, 2017

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is seeking public comment on a request to exempt from fish passage requirements a proposed culvert at an unnamed tributary to Young’s Bay, which is connected to the Columbia River in Clatsop County. Comments are due by July 14, 2017.

Jim Morinville, the Operations Manager with Warrenton Kia Automotive Dealership, plans to extend a parking area and install a new culvert in an drainage ditch which carries water to an unnamed tributary to Young’s Bay, a tributary to the Columbia River. This action has triggered Oregon’s fish passage laws. 

According to Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program coordinator, ODFW may grant fish passage exemptions if there are no benefits to native migratory fish from providing passage. Because of the site specific habitat conditions and other complete artificial obstructions below the project location, ODFW has made an initial determination that even if fish passage was provided, the action would still result in no net benefit to native migratory fish. If in the future, conditions change from which the decision was made, exemptions can be revoked and fish passage shall be addressed. 

Therefore, unless public comment is provided that would affect the Department's determination, the exemption request will be approved.

In the meantime, members of the public will have until July 14, 2017 to submit written comments on the proposed plan. The fish passage exemption application and the Department’s benefit analyses are available at .

Members of the public can send written comments to request additional information from Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program leader, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97303, e-mail,, or by calling (503) 947-6228

Monday, June 19, 2017

Looking for some fun Saturday?

WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 2017
WHERE: Migration Brewing, Portland
WHAT TIME: 6:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: a casual gathering to support the Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited at Migration Brewing [2828 NE Glisan St.]. Admission is FREE but you'll want a ticket to buy a beer - look for the ticket sales area for TU! There will be a silent auction and raffle for all sorts of items, including a guided fishing trip on the Deschutes. Enjoy the camaraderie of like minded friends, films showcasing local conservation efforts, and a very entertaining surprise guest speaker:
  • Popular speaker John McMillan will talk about his work as Science Director of TU's Wild Steelhead Initiative, including recent accomplishments and future plans.
  • Silent auction and raffle. You must be present to win. Items include a guided trip and a new fly rod.
  • Short films about cooperative conservation and the Wild Steelhead Initiative.
  • Beer/food tickets available for purchase. (You'll need a ticket to get a beer, so look for our ticket sales area when you arrive.)
Money raised goes to support Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited and our efforts to protect fish and their habitat across Oregon. If you don't know about our conservation projects, this is your chance to find out more and help out our cause. Put it on your calendar, invite your friends, and we will see you there!

For mor
e information, RSVP to our event on Facebook or go to

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Salem update...

ON one of his last weeks before retiring from representing TU in Salem, Tom Wolf has proudly provided us with this news on Senate Bill 3 - Reform Suction Dredge Mining:

Governor just signed SB 3 -suction dredge mining reform-there will be a ceremonial  signing later on this summer.

Lots of hard work-it seems almost anticlimactic. Tom

Tom Wolf, Executive Director
Oregon Council Trout Unlimited

Governor Brown Signs Suction Dredge Reform Bill to Protect Oregon Rivers
June 14, 2017

Salem, OR – Today, Governor Brown signed legislation to protect rivers across the state of Oregon that provide habitat for iconic salmon from suction dredge mining. With bipartisan support in the Oregon Legislature, the Suction Dredge Reform bill places habitat for sensitive salmon and lamprey off limits to suction dredge mining.

“With support from Democrats and Republicans in urban and rural Oregon,...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Reminder...Member Meeting!

 GENERAL MEETING [this week]!
WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah Village]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. [with 7:00 p.m. official program start]
WHAT to EXPECT: Jeff Morgan -
"Flyfishing the Oregon Cascades"
For many, "Cascades fly-fishing" begins and ends with the famous stillwaters along Century Drive, with perhaps a detour to the upper McKenzie, Metolious, or Fall River. However, the Cascades offers so much more for the adventurous trout angler. This presentation covers the tips, techniques, and patterns to find quality trout on both the streams and lakes of the "Hidden Oregon Cascades."
WHAT to BRING: a friend!