CONDON — Cottonwood Canyon State Park, along the John Day River on Highway 206 between Condon and Wasco, will open for the first time Saturday, Sept. 28. The roughly 8,000 acre park includes a small, primitive campground, picnic area, and trails.
The seventh annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament will be Saturday, Sept. 28, with men, women and youth registering at Heritage Landing at the mouth of the Deschutes River between 5 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
Student brand represents the ‘rawness’ of the area Rugged, open and wild. Those are a few of the words students from Gilliam and Sherman counties used to describe Cottonwood Canyon State Park. And that is what inspired their branding of the place. Park gates are slated to open Sept. 25 to the public, revealing access to 14 miles of riverfront on the John Day and 7,800 acres to explore.
Record-smashing numbers of Chinook salmon are heading up the Columbia River and may continue for several more days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sept. 12.
Things to change for the fall season
Biologists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are urging anglers to take extra precautions when catching and releasing trout on the Owyhee River. According to Shannon Hurn, ODFW fish biologist in Hines, water conditions in the river are low and declining, due in part to limited water releases from Owyhee Reservoir. The reservoir is currently at 6 percent of full and releases into the river have dropped to 99 cubic feet per second. Releases into the river normally average 150 to 200 cfs this time of year.
Salem, Ore. -- A seven-member citizen working group organized by Washington and Oregon departments of fish and wildlife will meet to review spring chinook harvest and allocation at a public meeting in The Dalles, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 16.
SALEM, Ore. – Wild coho seasons on many coastal rivers and bays will open beginning Sept. 15, marking the fifth year in a row coastal rivers will open to the harvest of wild fish. This year 13 river systems on Oregon’s coast will be open for wild coho harvest, and for the first time in recent years many will open without quotas and in-season management.
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in cooperation with volunteers from the Washington Trails Association and the Mount St. Helens Institute, has nearly completed construction on a new trail near Ape Cave, and is seeking additional volunteers to participate in completion of the final section of trail.
OLGA, Wash. — Ocean beauty, beaches and boating? You won’t even miss them at Washington’s Moran State Park.
The recent rainfall across parts of Oregon raised hopes, but it wasn't enough to put the 2013 wildfire season in the rear-view mirror, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry's Tom Fields.
Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Fall chinook is open from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam. Fall chinook fishing is fair to excellent from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam. Buoy 10 to Tongue Point is open for adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Sturgeon retention is open from The Dalles Dam upstream to the John Day Dam. Walleye angling is excellent in Troutdale.
NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, BEAR, ARCHERY DEER & ELK, FOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE
Weekend fishing opportunities The upper Umatilla River should provide good catch-and-release angling for rainbow trout. Fall chinook fishing opened on the Snake River on Sept. 1. McKay Reservoir offers good warm water angling all summer. Use electronics to locate suspended schools of crappie, or slow troll a different depths until you find fish. There are reports of 20 pound or more lake trout being caught in Wallowa Lake.
SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: BEAR, PRONGHORN, COUGAR, COYOTE, ARCHERY DEER & ELK, FOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE
Weekend fishing opportunities: Miller and Fourmile lakes and Lake of the Woods were stocked with larger trout for the holiday weekend and fishing should be good. Fishing for perch and panfish at Dog Lake is getting better with the onset of cooler fall temperatures.
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