Friday, July 26, 2013

ODFW Commission Meeting....

Upcoming Commission hearing where ODFW will review/adopt the 2014 Fishing regulations [among a few other items]. Major proposal items up for review on the 2014 regulations will be:
  • Close the upper Sandy River above the confluence with the Salmon River to salmon and steelhead fishing from July 1 to Aug. 31. The closure is designed to protect wild spring chinook.
  • Expand the Willamette River sturgeon sanctuary in Oregon City an additional 6 miles from the I-205 bridge to the Lake Oswego-Oak Grove bridge.
  • Open the Willamette River above the Falls to sturgeon retention.
The meeting is in Eugene on August 2nd at the Valley River Inn.
...comment or attend...

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Toxic introductions in water....?

With much information recently on the levels of non-natural items coursing through our waterways from documented man-made sources - medications, hormones, birth control etc - stuff that we wash through our own bodies that ends up passing through treatment facilities and entering the river systems, there was little mention of what the effect of adding flouride to the Portland water system would have. This was somewhat surprising but was one item that seemed to be missing.In finally remembering to see if there was any effect - the embedded video [all 31 minutes of it] pops up on the internet....

Friday, July 19, 2013

A theme....

New Oregon Species - TIGER MUSKY
While discussing invasive species and other items in the waterways - here's an interesting bit that was published a while back - but is now implemented. Phillips Reservoir was illegally planted with Yellow Perch years ago - became thick in the lake. The answer? Hybridized Tiger Muskie! The non-breeder [sterile] toothed critters are now in the lake for population control - break out the "toothy critter" wire tippet leaders [not just for barracuda anymore!] and have at this new Oregon species.....though might take a few perch and some time!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Loften Reservoir [Lakeview, OR] to be treated...

Another Chub debacle: Loften Reservoir outside the Lakeview, Oregon area is scheduled to be treated with rotenone again [initial treatment from 1996 did not take] to eliminate the tui chub overpopulation. Until then - take all the fish you can......What is it with these things?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Annual Picnic - Done Deal!

The TVTU picnic came off without a hitch again this year - though the casting course was conspicuously absent without Andy [oops!]. Great weather and better food - thanks to Hank H and Dick H [clack chapter] for doing the grill duties - exceptional preparations guys! Mike and Ron organized the auction and some donations came in [just over $200!! Thanks all participants!] with bounty going out - well done!
Tom Wolf - esteemed man of all things Salem - has returned from the capitol city now that the session is over - Welcome back! And we hope to have a legislative wrap-up soon for everyone...
Finally, a hearty THANK YOU to those who showed up and shared their stories and camaraderie - all told a good time with a couple of newer faces as well.
No photos though - so if you weren't there you don't know what you missed. Maybe next year? We certainly hope so!

And speaking of next year - would a weekend venue be better or not for more attendees? Any other thoughts that kept YOU from being there that we can improve?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Fish Screening Task Force - John Day meet

Something a little different for those concerned with diversions in CO - not certain how the Pizza, Pub or Grill functions will work at 8:30 a.m. but it is an option:

ODFW Fish Screening Task Force to meet in John Day

July 8, 2013

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon's Fish Screening Task Force will meet Thursday, July 18 in John Day at the Outpost Pizza Pub and Grill, 201 West Main Street, John Day, OR 97485.
The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the agenda includes an update on screening projects and activities throughout Oregon.
The ODFW Fish Screening Program coordinates a cost share program for the installation of screens at water diversions. Fish screens prevent the loss of fish when water is used for irrigation, municipal, hydroelectric or other beneficial purposes. The Task Force is appointed by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and its members represent agricultural, fisheries and public interests. It meets several times a year to advise the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on fish screening policies and issues.
Reasonable accommodations are provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the Information and Education Division at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6002 at least 24 hours before the meeting.
For more information, call Pete Baki, Statewide Fish Screening Coordinator, at 503-947-6217.

Pete Baki (503) 947-6217
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SB 838 - On to the Governor!

July 7 - from Capitol Tom:

SB 838 [the modified version of the Suction Dredge mining bill] passed by a 33-27 vote of the party lines [except for one 'aye' (or 'nay') apparently]! So SB 838 is off to the Governor! It is not the full text initially desired but is a start with some good clauses and responsible thought included.

Monday, July 8, 2013

A lot going on - get busy TVTU!

Just to reacquaint you with important goings-on for this month:

July 10 Member Meeting: COOK PARK [shelter #3] - the annual potluck TVTU picnic [don't get caught by yourself at the Lucky Lab!] - food, conversation, casting course, and silent auction!

July 12-15 Miller Lake Outing! Expose yourself to this unique fishery - not only the B I G brown trout potential but also one of only two places in Oregon allowing 24-hour fishing. We will be shorthanded [no Andy] this trip so no gourmet TVTU dinner - but a few of us will still be there and can share a table and conversation! Look for the TVTU flag!

!! W O R K   P A R T Y   C A N C E L L E D !! 
July 27 and 28 Conservation - TWO days worth!! Make up for those times you meant to get out and do good on the adopted homewaters of TVTU - the Necanicum! Pick one day or both - we could use the help! Contact Michael!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Motorized Suction Mining - Oregon SB838..

July 3 - from our man Tom in Salem:

Today during a rather long and exciting floor vote (always fun to watch from the Senate gallery), SB 838 [latest version - assesses a study period with limitations for permits; failure results in moratorium] passed by a 17-13 vote! All Democratic senators (except for Senator Betsy Johnson) and (2) Republican senators - Starr and Girod, voted FOR SB 838.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July/August Newsletter - HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!

The July/August issue of The Trout Line is now available - click HERE [or on the sidebar] for the latest info!
Also a REMINDER: July 10 Member Meeting is at COOK PARK for the annual TVTU picnic!
Hopefully you are enjoying your summer - come join us in Tigard next week!!