Posts tagged: Grande Ronde River
FISHING — Steelhead fishing reports and creel census tallies from the Snake, Tucannon and Grande Ronde rivers have improved. It's time to go!
The Salmon River in particular has been out of sorts, as Amy Sinclair of Exodus River Adventures in Riggins reported last night:
October 7th and the Salmon River has just spent the last 25+ days looking like the mighty Colorado River (or like the Salmon River in May)…yes, this river never ceases to amaze me! On October 1st the Salmon River set a record high for the day of the year at 15,200 CFS; the old record was 7840 CFS set in 1983. The optimistic side to this is that these record setting flows are washing away a lot of the silt that settled during September’s wet weather and leaving us a clean river system as we enter the prime of the season.
As of this morning we have a river flow of 7450 CFS and a river temperature of 47-49 degrees, a perfect temperature to get steelhead into the Riggins area. With the river continuing to improve each day, good fishing and more importantly great fish stories, are just right around the corner. At Exodus we are officially kicking off the season tomorrow with our first jet boat trip.
FISHING — Despite much anticipation because of a surge of water last week coupled with good numbers of fish moving past Lower Granite Dam, angler reports from the Grande Ronde River over the weekend left much to be desired.
Catch rates were miserably low in the river between Troy and Schumaker, according to anglers I surveyed as well as the fishing info clearinghouse at Boggan's Oasis.
But the luck is going to change soon.
Maybe this morning.
PUBLIC LANDS — Two Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers followed a tip to find a large college party underway recently on state wildlife lands along the Grand Ronde River at the bottom of Shumaker Grade.
In the past, these gatherings have resulted in large amounts of litter, destruction of habitat, illegal burning, etc.,” reported Capt. Dan Rahn. The photo one of the officers snapped (above) indicates the 160 students already were getting a good start on trashing Snyder Bar.
The area is a popular staging and camping area for anglers launching or taking out boats for floating the Grande Ronde.
The party was an annual event organized by a University of Idaho fraternity, according to the officers' report.
“After locating the frat president, the officers issued numerous citations for No Vehicle Access Permits and MIC,” Rahn said. “They were warned for not having required group permits and advised these gatherings would not be allowed in the future. They agreed to have all of the litter cleaned up by morning or they would be subject to litter citations and they agreed to not return in the future. There were a total of 13 kegs of beer on site and the purchasers were identified. Possible charges of Furnishing to Minor will be forwarded to the Prosecutor.”
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — New sport fishing rules, a major land acquisition in Asotin County, spring bear seasons, and hunting season proposals are on the agenda for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting March 1 in Moses Lake.
The meeting, to be held at the Moses Lake Civic Center, 401 S Balsam in Moses Lake, will begin at 8 a.m. with a public input session.
The land transaction discussions include Phase 2 of multi-year effort to acquire 12,000 acres of the wildlife-friendly 4-O Land and Livestock property along the Grande Ronde River in the Grouse Flat Unit of the Blue Mountains Wildlife Area.
In January 2012, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife made the initial purchase of 2,200 acres in the Mountain View area.
The second-phase purchase, if approved by the commission, would include spending just over $3 million for 1,613 acres adjoining the Phase 1 property to be managed as additions to the Chief Joseph Wildlife Area, which is under the umbrella of the Blue Mountains Wildlife Area.
FISHING — An update on proposed changes to sportfishing rules will be presented by state fish managers to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its Feb. 8-9 meeting in Olympia. See the preliminary meeting agenda here.
Fishing rule proposals affecting Eastern Washington angling include:
Public comments on the proposals are being accepted on the agency’s website through Tuesday (Jan. 29).
The commisison is set to vote on the proposals at a March 1-2 meeting.
FISHING — Rain has fouled most of the region's rivers, setting anglers back a bit until the waters clear.
But the fish were there over the weekend before the flows picked up, and there will still be plenty of fish around when flows ease.
Here's a weekend Grande Ronde river drift boat report from angler Jeff Holmes:
15 takedowns for 6 fish Saturday, 5 wild. Another fish, probably a big wild one, fried my drag and broke me off! Pretty good action on 8-pound average fish. Hatchery fish was a nice 8 pounder, too.
Dying spring chinook are VERY. Numerous, much more so than in past. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists) say there may be a season soon.
Meanwhile, at the Clearwater Snake River Steelhead Derby, only 28 steelhead were caught today, Day 4 of the event that runs through Nov. 24. That's down from 62 on Saturday, the first day of the event, 50 fish weighed on Sunday and 35 fish on Monday.
By the way, angler Robert Bass of Deer Park, continues to be a regular fixture at the top of the daily money winners — as he has for years. He's already weighed-in two steelhead over 18 pounds. Bass is a steelheading stud.
STEELHEAD FISHING — The S-R's Fishing-Hunting Report this week notes that steelhead fishing has been good on the Grande Ronde River this week.
But angler Jeff Holmes puts an exclamation point on that report with these photos and this assessment of his recent driftboat outing, which includes the thrills of seeing bighorn rams along the shores.
A ferocious fight resulted in the eventual netting of this Grande Ronde goliath (I) caught above Boggan's Oasis while backtrolling a metallic blue size 35 Hot Shot trailing a 1/0 Gamakatsu Siwash on double split rings.
With this being such a special fish for the Grande Ronde, stretching a hair over 34 inches and weighing 14 pounds, I thought it only appropriate to have a normal-sized human photographed with this fish, per the previous advice of WDFW's Chris Donley.
Thanks, Teddy Schmitt, for holding this fish for me, and for outfishing me by putting three big hens in the net, including a 28 1/2-incher just moments before this one bit.
In case you don't get his humor, Holmes is a large man. He didn't want to make his huge fish look dinky in comparison by holding it for the photo.
Holmes said Chris Donley, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife inland lakes manager and steelheading expert, said he's seen only one hatchery steelhead larger than this fish come out of the Ronde.
See my column on a new steelhead fishing book that will giving you insight on how to catch more steelhead in the region's rivers.
RIVERS — You don't have to wonder what it like rafting the Wallowa and Grande Ronde rivers this week.
Local adventurer Tanner Grant has put together a nice 12-minute video — rapids are labeled in the flick — made with his Go-Pro cam as he ran the river last weekend.
His group put in at Minam at 5,000 cfs and took out at Troy at 4,600 cfs.
The river was running at perfect rafting flows, he said.
FISHING - Friday was a shirt-sleeve day with plenty of action for Grande Ronde River steelheaders.
Dennis Matsuda and Dan Hansen of Spokane caught and released 13 steelhead during the day, some of them beautifully fall bright fish.
Not bad for February.
PUBLIC LANDS — The public and wildlife soon will be sharing a new chunk of an elk-friendly ranch and Grande Ronde River access in southern Asotin County. The 2,200-acre parcel bordering the Grande Ronde River was approved for acquisition Saturday by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The land, accessible off the Grande Ronde Road between Boggan’s Oasis and Troy, Ore.,will be the first phase of what is planned to be an even larger acquisition over about 10 years from Milton (Mike) Odom II and the 4-0 Livestock and Land Company LLC.
The area is tentatively being called the Mountain View Project, said Bob Dice, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department wildlife area manager in Clarkston.
The acquisition brings the total acreage in the Blue Mountains Wildlife Area Complex to more than 68,000 acres, Dice said. The other units in the complex include the Chief Joseph, Asotin Creek and Wooten wildlife areas.
Read on for more details.
STEELHEAD FISHING — Learn fly-fishing tactics and techniques for catching steelhead on our region's steelhead waters in the annual two-hour clinic offered by Silver Bow Fly Shop, 210 E Indiana in Spokane Valley.
When: Monday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Instructor: Sean Visintainer, shop owner
Cost: $20. Prepay to register and reserve spot.
Contact: (509) 924-9998.