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~t~e ~, ~r~ - February 27, 2008 Page 11 - - -- =7-- - " - = ? : - - . Detroit. Foster. and Green Peter reservoirs are still quite low, but offer good opportunities for cool weather trout fishing. Cold water tempera- tures allow fish to come close to the surface so both boat and bank angling can be rewarding. Flows in the Santiam River can be expected to remain fairly moder- ate unless we get some significant rainfall or warming temperatures start to melt the snow too fast. Early steelhead counts over Willamette Falls have been low this year, but the native late-returning steelhead should start to run when the fiver warms a little, ODFW officials say. Conditions are good for going after those steelhead that are already in the river. The Columbia River Compact set the following spring chinook seasons on Feb. 15: [] Willamette River and Wil- lamette tributaries open seven days per week. - One-fish daily limit beginning March 1 - Catch expectation of 5,500 spring chinook [] Mainstem Columbia River above the Willamette River will open six-days-per week. - March 16 through April 30 from Hayden Island west power lines to Bonneville Dam, with a one-fish daily limit; closed to all spo~-fishing on Tuesdays March 16 through May 10 from Tower Island power lines above Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam, with a two-fish daily limit; from Bonneville Dam to Tower Island bank fishing only, with a two-fish daily limit Catch expectation of 18,100 spring chinook [] Mains era Columbia River below the Willamette River open seven-days-per week - March 24 through April4 from Buoy 10 to Hayden Island west pow- er lines with a one-fish daily limit - Catch expectation of 3,000 spring chinook [] Commercial Fishery on the mainstem Columbia River - Commercial fishing is restrict- ed to the area from the Hayden Island west power lines to Beacon Rock - Preseason catch objective is 5,200 spring chinook Approved seasons are based on preliminary run projections that 269.300 fish will return to the Co- lumbia River--the third largest return since 1977--and that 34,000 fish will make up the Willamette River return, the lowest since 1997. Fish managers set the Columbia River spring chinook fishery based on the number of fish expected to return from the ocean and the allow- able impact tO wild salmon and steel- head stocks listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. "Impacts" are the unintended mortalities associated with handling and releasing wild fish. This year, non-Indian impacts are limited to 2 percent of the total upriver run that includes ESA-listed Snake River spring/summer chinook and Upper Columbia River spring chinook. Anglers participating in these fisheries may also retain shad and hatchery steelhead within daily catch limits established by each state, Catch limits and other restrictions listed in the current 2008 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations pamphlet remain in effect the entire year. Additional irrformation may also be found on ODFW's Web page at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/OS- CRP/CRM/index.asp New Tyvek license holders are now available at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offices that sell fishing and hunting licenses. Just ask for one when you buy your 2008 fishing or hunting license. ODFW staff advises against using plastic license holders or laminating licenses because, while new license paper is tear resistant and water re- sistant, interaction with plastic may damage the surface of the license paper. "The new license paper is du- rable, not indestructible," said Doug- las Juergesen, ODFW Information Services administrator. "We suggest people use a Tyvek holder or carry the license without a holder." For a list of ODFW offices that sell licenses, visit ODFW's Web site, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/re- sources/licenses/odfw offi ces.asp State law requires all gasoline retailers in northwestern Oregon to phase in fuel with 10 percent ethanol, or El0, and by the fall, all gas sta- tions in Oregon will sell the blend. This may be great news for the environment, but there's a catch for boaters - and it's not the fish kind. Ethanol is a solvent and will loosen sludge in your tank and fuel lines, clogging fuel filters, carbure- tors and injectors. Also, ethanol 0b- sorbs water extremely well, which is a problem because boat tanks are vented outside. Boat owners need to take preventative measures before the season gets underway to make sure their boat operates without a hitch. So here are some precautions for boat owners who are switching to El0: [] Run a non-alcohol fuel sta- bilizer in your boat's fuel system at all times. This is recommended for engines that sit for more than a few weeks. BRUSH/BRIAR CLEARIN( 541)367-2993 INSURANCE GROUI Ruth Bond Ruth Bond. 76, of the Halley area has been volunteering for Meals on Wheels for five years, two days a week. In California, while raising her children, she volunteered for FISH Rescue Mission. She was a Scouts den for five or six years and volunteered with the 4-H sewing club and hospital auxiliary. "I don't want to just sit on my thumbs:' she said. "I like to think I can help somebody worse off than me." Her husband, Bill, is deceased. They had seven chil- dren, 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She has lived in the Sweet Home area for almost 18 years. "I've always lived in the country and like the small- atmosphere," she said. The more use the boat gets, the less likely it is to have prob- lems. If you winterize your boat and don't plan on using it for a while, run the tank down to almost empty and then add fuel stabilizer. Then, the following spring, refill the tank with fresh gasoline. OR keep the tank full to prevent any condensation from occurring. It's important to avoid water intrusion into your fuel system. [] Install a water-separating fuel filter. Keep a stock of spare fuel fil- ters handy, and the means for safely changing them. Replace older weather-faded plastic portable tanks with new tanks. Make sure you know what your fuel retailer is dispensing. Rubber fuel lines older than the mid-to-late 1980% should be inspected and may need to be re- placed. Some older carbureted en- gines may require special tuning. Consult the engine manufacturer for details. For more detailed information about El0 and boat engines, visit www.boatoregon.com. A female gray wolf from Idaho's Timberline Pack was positively located in Oregon last month, us- ing radio signals from her tracking collar. The wolf, a 2- to 3-year-old female identified as B-300, has been wearing the collar since she was captured northeast of Boise by Idaho HAVE YOU MADE YOUR WILL? 367-5191 1275 Main St Sweet Home Scott Ensign- Owner Decks, Fences, Remodels Over 35 years experience. FREE ESTIMATES Bonded & insured CCB #164835 I II Joel Keesecker 1195 Main Street, Sweet Home 367-2141 Liberty Rock Products Inc. Good, clean crushed quarry gravel - most sizes available, drain rock, FREE delivery to the Sweet Home Area. oors season un biologists in August 2006. She's now traveling in the Wallowla-Whitman National Forest near the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, betwe;en Medical Springs and Wallowa. Biologists have oNserved evi- dence of wolves in this mrea over the past six months. Aerial searches for sdgnals from wolf tracking collars, ~specifically those which have been reported as missing from Idaho, heltPed the Ore- gon Department of Fish rand Wildlife locate the wolf. A signal was picked up Jan.17, but the lactation of the animal was not confirme~d. A ground search the next day turne~d up tracks which appeared to be of a wolf. An- other aerial search Jan. ~21 failed to pick up the signal, but am January 23 the signal was picked up rand a single wolf was visually dent tried. This is the fifth contfirmed wolf to have been found in tthe state. In March 1999, a radio-colltared female was captured near John lDay and re- turned to Idaho. In 2000), a collared wolf was found dead alomg Interstate 84 south of Baker City, and a wolf without a radio collar wa~s found shot between Ukiah and Pendlleton. Most recently, a mature femalle wolf was found dead from a gunsNot wound in Union County in July 20P07. All four animals were confirmed tto have been migrants from Idaho. Experts have long predicted that wolves from the expan|ding Idaho population would contimue to cross the Snake River and entter Oregon. Biologists have been investigating evidence of wolves ira Northeast Oregon for some time. 'This wolf's confirmed sighting vMidates the suspected use of this arena by wolves, but the presence of breeding pairs or packs has not been confirmed. State and federal biologists will regularly monitor the movement of this wolf and continue to look for other wolf activity in Oregon. Russ Morgan, Oregon Depart- ment of Fish and Wildlife wolf coordinator, reminds the public it is illegal to shoot a wolf, even one mis- taken for another animal. Any gray wolf which shows up in Oregon is listed as an endangered species under both state and federal law. Killing an animal protected under the federal Endangered Species Act is punish- able by a fine of up to $100,000, one year in jail, or both. Killing a wolf is also a violation of Oregon state game law, with fines and penalties that are assessed by the court. In the unlikely event that a wolf attacks a human, any person may use lethal force to prevent or stop the attack. Such an incident must be reported to the Fish and Wildlife Service, at 541-786-3282, or 541-962-8584; or ODFW at 541-963-2138, within 24 hours. The wolf carcass must not be disturbed. Individuals who see a wolf, or suspect or discover wolf activity are' asked to immediately contact one of the following: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Wolf Coordinator Russ Morgan in La Grande: 541-963- 2138 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wolf Coordinator John Stephenson in Bend: office, 541-312-6429: cell, 541-786-3282. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service La Grande Field Office: 541-962- 8584. Although the Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to remove the wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species in the Northern Rockies, including part of Oregon. the wolf will remain federally listed until that process is complete. 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