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Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00


This Sunday, 3/18, we will get together again for assembling spider blocks. As the weather has been somewhat doubtful, I feel we should gather at 10:00 AM, at the maintenance shed above Cole Rivers hatchery. For those that haven't been up there, here are some directions. Turn off Crater Lake Hwy. as though you are going to the visitors center. Go up to the hatchery turnoff, make a right, go across to the hatchery, keeping to the right. Follow that road as it parallels the hatchery. Go up the road, past the hatchery residences. The maintenance shed will be up the hill on your left. Drive into the fenced yard, there should be sufficient parking.

Hope to see some folks there.

Willow Plant | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 13 February 2012 00:50

Hey All y'all,

Time once again to don the mud boots, bundle up warm, grab your gloves, and head up to plant some willows. We will meet at the MacGregor Visitors Center at 9:00-9:30 on Saturday, Feb. 18th, then head up to the Medco A area to plant. This will also give us an opportunity to look at the "brush box" area we spoke of last time.

For anyone looking for something to "prime your pump", a few of us will be going up on Thursday, the 16th, to cut willow shoots to plant. We will meet at Medco A at 9:30AM to begin. Bring gloves, loppers (by pass or parrot), and a fresh new joke to share.
Hyatt Fish Transfer 2011 | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 June 2011 01:41


The time is fast approaching to limber up the rods, load up the family, put yer fishin’ hat on, and head up to the Hyatt Lake resort for the first of our 2011 bass transfers. I anticipate a good turnout, and a great day of “catchin’, not just fishin’”.

For those early risers, Debbie and myself will get set up at the ramp as early as we can, but don’t let us slow you down. Go catchin’, then come back in. I will contact the resort to let you on the water without paying the fee. As always, OBBAC will pay your launch/parking fee for this event. Please sign up with Debbie when you can. It is important to keep track of everyone so we are legal.

June 18th is the day, all day Saturday, ending around 2:00 PM. There are some folks coming up who do not have a boat, but want to help. If you are able, please offer a backseat to someone who wants to “catch”, too.

This has proven to be a fun event, and provides a valuable service to Hyatt Lake, and Lost Creek/Applegate Reservoirs. As has become the custom, some of these fish are also going north and east, to benefit other Oregon fisheries. I consider that a very small price to pay for the 200 “toads” we received from Davis Lake this year. It just happens that we have a huge population of stunted bass in Hyatt, why not spread them around? We will be placing the holding pen early on Saturday, and the first load should be leaving for their new home by 10:00 AM. The 2nd “bass train” leaves at 2:00 PM.

Spider Blocks | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2011 03:29


We are on target for spider block making on April 2nd, at Lost Creek. Although I haven’t yet heard back from Justin Stegall, we will gather at 9:30, at the Macgregor Visitors Center on Saturday. After coffee and doughnuts, as well as a short safety message, we will run up to the Corps shop area and start making blocks. We have received a confirmation of funding, so Dave Haight will be checking around for the best prices and gathering the parts. We have the use of a cement mixer this year, so that should help things considerably.

We don’t really need a huge crew for this, but if we have 10-12 people, we should get done in good order. We will not be serving lunch this time, although Justin has promised water and soda. So you might consider bringing a lunch with you.

If there are any changes, although I’m not expecting any, I’ll let you know on Monday.

HB 2632 and SB 603 | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 03 March 2011 05:25

It seems that while HB 2632 is losing traction in the Legislature, Senate Bill 603 (a clone of HB2632) has cropped up, giving the appearance of “popularity” of the proposal, to forbid any state agency (ODFW) from setting bag limits or seasons on any fish but “natives”. This means all bag limits will be off for crappie, bluegill, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, etc. Take a moment to try to imagine the impact on recreational fishing in Oregon. The result would be catastrophic.

I am going to Salem on Tuesday, March 8th, which is the scheduled date for testimony on this bill. I will be joining Chuck Lang, OR BASS Conservation Director, as well as others. If you would like to join me in an effort to stop this bill, send me an e-mail, or call my number at the bottom of this e-mail, and let’s try to create an awareness of the true value of warm water fishing in Oregon.

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