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Attention thermal refugees! If you’re headed to the coast this weekend to beat the heat, consider an ocean salmon fishing trip. Ocean waters along the entire Oregon coast open for Chinook and fin-clipped coho on July 1. See the Marine Zone update for a look at the early season.
-Photo by Jim Mason-
Fishing can get tough during the hot, dog days of summer – which have arrived a little earlier this year. Here are some tips for improving your chances for success:
- Head for the hills, where lakes at higher elevations and the upper reaches of rivers often stay a little cooler.
- Fish early or late in the day when temperatures are cooler – it’s easier on you and the fish!
- Look for fish in pools, channels and other areas with deeper, cooler water.
- Target warmwater species, which are a little better adapted to warm conditions.
- If you plan to release fish: use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep fish in the water while you unhook them.
- Refer to the most recent Recreation Report for the latest updates regarding changes in stocking schedules, fishing regulations or boating conditions.
It’s going to be another hot weekend in Oregon and the Department of Forestry is asking target shooters to be extra careful in the woods. Only shoot into a backstop of mineral soil, and have the required fire extinguisher (or shovel and water) ready at hand. After shooting, be sure to check the target area for any signs of fire. To see a map of gun clubs where you can practice, visit ODFW’s www.oregonhuntingmap.com
Join ODFW July 25 and 26 at Queener Ridge Pheasant Company, Scio. You will learn how to start training your dog or how to get the most out of the dog you have. In the end, you’ll have a dog that is eager to work with you. Register now