Outdoors: With slow fishing, time to think hunting

Shane Ullrich

After talking to some other anglers, it’s nice to hear that I’m not a bad fisherman or that my luck’s been bad. Fishing has just not been great this year for salmon and steelhead on the South Santiam River.

As your barber chair fishing reporter, I can report that it sounds like Foster is stocked decently with fish and people are catching them. Trolling seems to be the most productive method, but bank fishermen are eating trout dinners as well.

Trout stocking in the valley ponds, including Sunnyside, is mostly completed for the season as water is warming up. All of these ponds support several species of warmwater game fish. Success for bass, sunfish, and catfish can be had by using bait and being patient.

Green Peter has been producing some nice kokanee fishing as well as trout, but most of the kokanee have been caught in the mornings, with jigs and trolling. They are averaging about 12″ in size and an occasional chinook in the 16-20 inch range is also taken. Best results are from trolling a flasher with a spinner and white corn at 40-60 feet deep.

Green Pete is also becoming more popular for bass fishermen, and from the sounds of it they’re not catching a lot of hogs – mostly 3- to 4-pound fish.

The crab pot bridge guys are out in force on Pleasant Valley Bridge, but it sounds like it is even slow on the bridge.

Maybe Brad at DanDee’s is right – it’s time to stop donating $20 in takle to the river, time to retire the pole and start scouting for elk season.

I have an exciting season planned – local hunting, but this year my 11-, almost 12-year-old daughter will be going through the hunter safety course and then hunting in the woods with me this fall.

I am excited that all three of my kids like hunting and fishing. They too like the PETA shirts at DanDee’s because our family really is People Eating Tasty Animals, from fish to backstrap. It all tastes good to them and builds character that will last a lifetime. And it keeps us out, enjoying the outdoors. Good luck in all your outdoor activities.

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Gov. Ted Kulongoski recently removed a barrier for young hunters in his state by signing legislation into law that creates a youth hunter mentoring program.

Under the program, young hunters between the ages of nine and 14 can hunt while in the presence of a supervisory hunter who is at least 21 years of age and who holds the appropriate license, tag and permit.

Mentored hunting and eliminating age barriers that prevent people from hunting are key components of the Families Afield program.

A partnership of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Families Afield uses data from the Youth Hunting Report to help remove youth hunting barriers across the nation.

Visit http://www.nwtf.org/nwtf_newsroom/press_releases.php?id=12228 for more information.

To learn about the Families Afield or the NWTF, contact Perrin Anderson or Jonathan Harling at (803) 637-3106, or [email protected] or [email protected].

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If you haven’t already checked, results for the controlled hunt draw for 2007 fall big game seasons are now available on-line. Enter your hunting license number at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/big_game/controlled_hunts/ to see if you’re among the chosen, and if you are, be sure to purchase your tags no later than the day before the hunt begins.

You can begin getting ready for your fall hunt now by taking the following steps:

– Get maps from your local outdoor store or land manager.

– U.S. Forest Service (http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml#Oregon)

– Bureau of Land Management (http://www.blm.gov/or/st/en.html)

– Oregon Department of Forestry. Maps are available at local ODF offices. (http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/index.shtml).

– On-line maps for some hunts are available at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/big_game/units/index.asp

– An overall map of ODFW’s 67wildlife management units with boundary descriptions is available for $6.25 from the ODFW on-line store http://www.dfw.state.or.us/store/maps.asp

– Check your gear. Make sure all your camping equipment is in good condition. Patch holes in your tent. Break in new boots.

– Practice using your firearm or archery equipment.

– Get your body in shape. Are you prepared to pack out an animal? Use the summer months to strengthen your body for your fall hunt.