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Page 12 • h  ra - May 30, 2012 Salmon, steelhead runs continuing to look good It is time to go fishing, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has some ideas for anglers of all levels and interests in the new Spring Fishing Guide. Available on the ODFW web- Concealed Handgun License Class Held locally in Sweet Home. We license for Oregon, Utah, Arizona Carry legally concealed in 36 states! Go to oregonconcealed.com look under "classes" to pre-register. Seating is limited for the event, so register before it fills up. l Questions Please Call: (541) 570-03451 Saturday June 9th Sweet Home Funeral Chapel e[llilConceafed site, at www.dfw.state.or.us/RR/ fishing_forecast/willamette.asp, the guide includes a statewide overview of conditions and fishing opportuni- ties. ODFW district fish biologists describe available access for boats and bank anglers, water levels, re- cent regulation changes, best time of year to fish. where to target your efforts, and tips on gear. lures and techniques for hundreds of riv- ers. streams, lakes and reservoirs throughout the state. Trout season opened state- wide last Saturday and dozens of lakes, ponds and reservoirs have been stocked with legal-sized and larger trout and anglers should ex- pect some very productive days on the water. The stocking schedule is online. Salmon/Steelhead Another strong run of Wil- lamette spring salmon are forecast DIIN nEE SOll:00 FOR ALL YOUR SPORTING GOOD NEEDS 610 MAIN STREET l 541.367.5544 l HOURS: MON.- SAT. 9 - 6 l SUN. 10 - 4 flHHUHITIgH-IH STO[I{ PMC 223 55GR, • PMC 5.56 62 GR. WOLF 223 55GR. WOLF 7.62X39 WOLF 7.62X54 148GR. SURPLUS 7.62X54 ZOHBIE TflR5ET8- MEW SfllPHEflT! SKEET HOLDING TARGETS I PAPER TARGETS SPLATTERING TARGETS HI[KDRY SHIm" UFF LONG SLEEVE I ZIPPER OR BUTTON BIG BILL (ILK BOOTS-$ STg[K! DANNER [ MERRELL I HOFFMANS for 2012. Biologists estimate that from 40.000 to 50.000 spring chi- nook will cross into the upper Wil- lamette at Willamette Falls, which should provide plenty of opportu- nity to catch these fish in the upper Willamette tributaries. On average, the majority of the spring chinook come over the falls in May and June. The daily bag lim- it for spring chinook is two adipose fin-clipped fish per day. Only salmon and steelhead with a clipped adipose fin may be retained. Summer steelhead fishing should be better than previous years and offers good fishing throughout the summer and fall. Anglers should be aware that the current regulation allows the harvest of mismarked and non-adipose fin-clipped steel- head greater than 24 inches in some waterbodies. Check the Special Regulations for details. Summer steelhead are not native to the basin and harvest- ing these fish before they spawn will be a beneft to wild rainbow trout. Although native rainbow trout over 24 inches are extremely rare. an- glers who happen to catch one are encouraged to release it unharmed. Some summer steelhead are already in the main east-side tribu- taries (Clackamas. Sandy, Santiam. McKenzie and Middle Fork Wil- lamette rivers), particularly in the lower reaches, with numbers in- creasing daily. Coho salmon fishing should be on the radar screen of any angler interested in catching fish. In 2007. several streams above Willamette Falls including the mainstem Wil- lamette. Molalla, Tualatin. Yamhill opened for retention of adipose fin- clipped or non-adipose fin-clipped coho. Check the 2011 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more infor- mation. Bass and Panfish Most of the warmwater fish found in Oregon may be also doe found in the Willamette Zone. Lar- gemouth and smallmouth bass. crappie, bluegill, redear and green sunfish, warmouth, yellow perch. and bullhead and channel catfish are found in the reservoirs in the lower Cascades and Coast Range, the many ponds scattered through- out the rural and urban areas, and in the Willamette River. Most warmwater fish are avail- able year-round, but angling is best in the spring, summer, and fall when the water s wanner and the fish more active. Bass fishing begins to pick up when water temperatures warm to the upper 50s and bass start to think ab.out spawning. Some of the best bass fisher- ies continue to be in Dorena. Cot- tage Grove. Green Peter, and Henry Hagg reservoirs, but don't overlook Fern Ridge and the Willamette it- self. All but Cottage Grove and Fern Ridge also offer good fishing for smallmouth bass• Largemouth bass can also be found m many of the smaller lakes and ponds that dot the valley floor and foothills. Most all of these same waters - large or small - also offer crappie. an abundance of bluegill and other sunfish, and bullhead catfish. Crap- pie will start biting earliest in the season but fishing for most others will improve as the water warms into the mid-60s Good angling should continue throughout-the summer and early fall. Foster and Green Peter Lakes Both reservoirs have been stocked with catchable-sized rain- bow trout this season. Cool early spring water tem- peratures are allowing anglers to fish quite close to the surface to be successful, so bank fishing can be most productive in the spring. In addition to trout. Green Peter sup- ports kokanee and chinook popula- tions that provide anglers with the opportunity to catch a larger fish. Both kokanee and chinook are more sensitive to warmer water temperatures than rainbow, and will move deeper into the lake as sum- mer comes on. Foster and Green Peter also support good numbers of bass that will start to bite as the wa- ter becomes warmer. Stay safe on the water When it comes to outdoor rec- reation, few places compare to the beauty of Oregon. But every year. what starts out as a day of boating fun. turns into tragedy because people throw cau- tion to the wind in an effort to be spontaneous and have fun. Ten people lost their lives in 2011 in recreational boating ac- cidents. In fact. nearly 90 percent of the victims would have survived had they worn a life jacket. An- other contributing factor is alcohol. which removes inhibitions and im- pairs a person's judgment• .The Oregon Marine Board sug- gests that boaters make sure they check the manufacturer's ratings for their size and weight and make sure life jackets fit properly. On recreational vessels under way, children under 13 years old must wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket unless they are below decks or in an enclosed cabin. Life jackets meant for adults do not work for children. If you are boating with children• make sure they are wearing properly fitted. child-sized life jackets. Do not buy a life jacket for your child to "'grow into." Alcohol is a major factor in fa- tal boating accidents: one alcoholic beverage on the water has the same perceived effect as having three on land. according to recent studies by the U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Boating Safety. In Oregon. a boater is consid- ered legally "under the influence" if the boater's blood alcohol con- centration (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher. Marine officers can still arrest boaters for observed impair- ment below 0.08 percent• Falling overboard, missteps at the dock and falling when boarding a boat result in the most injuries. since judgment and balance are the first signs of impairment.