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Projected Schedule for 2010 | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 03:35


Here are some notes and the projected schedule of projects for 2010. I have included a picture of a new project device proposed for next year.

We also hope to conduct 2, count them, two transfers from Hyatt Lake. Many thanks to David Haight and Dan Vandyke from ODFW for allowing this, as it puts additional work on them.

After the treasurer’s report and tournament update, we discussed the upcoming boat inspections. As many of you are aware, the Oregon State Marine Board has started charging a $5.00 surcharge when you re-register your boat. That surcharge finances the new wash stations around the state. ODFW crews are training now to start performing boat inspections in the upcoming months. There will be roving teams based in Salem, Clackamas, Madras, Central Point, and Baker City. I know some inspections have already been done in selected areas. A question arose as to the interruption of tournament launches being delayed. To begin with, I understand that inspections are voluntary, and that the policy is not to interfere with tournaments. That is subject to change however, particularly if invasive species are discovered, or if infestations become more threatening. I asked if a “certificate” program, such as the one instituted in Washington, may be possible in the future. That question, as yet, remains unanswered. The OBBAC strongly recommends participation and cooperation in the event of an opportunity to have your boat inspected for invasive species. The ramifications of these destructive species in our waters are beyond calculation. The expense in money and time are tremendous, and we, the anglers, will ultimately foot the bill. A little cooperation and encouragement now will save a lot later.

We then discussed “spider blocks”. The picture below is of just such a structure. Chuck Lang, OR BASS Conservation Director, has been working at Prineville Reservoir with spider blocks for some time. He has convinced the Bureau of Land Management to try the devices in Prineville, with terrific success. They are easy to construct, and reasonably inexpensive.

I have contacted Len Vaglia, USACE, at Lost Creek Lake about the possibility of allowing spider blocks, placed below low pool, in the “no wake” zones. Len feels that there is a real possibility of allowing the blocks to be placed. After our successes in sedge and willow planting, as well as Christmas tree brush rows, we may well be moving on to more permanent structures. Len has stated he will pass the request up the chain of command, with his recommendation. To that end, and with our collective fingers crossed, we have scheduled tentative dates for building and placing spider blocks in 2010. David Haight has offered the ODFW pontoon boat (formerly used to treat Diamond Lake) to place the blocks.

Finally, we moved to the schedule of events for 2010. We have tried to place dates to minimally impact tournaments, to allow for maximum participation in the projects.

Saturday, January 30th . : Christmas tree collection and move to final collection point.

Saturday, Feb. 13th.        : Christmas tree stringing at Lost Creek Lake.

Saturday, Feb. 27th.        : OBBAC meeting. Build spider blocks.

March (date TBA)           : Spider block placement

Saturday, June 19th.       : Hyatt Lake bass transfer. Lake to be determined. (Lost Creek or Applegate)

Sunday, July 11th.            : Hyatt Lake transfer. Lake to be determined. (Lost Creek or Applegate)

Saturday, Sept. 11th.      : OBBAC 8th Annual Tournament, Galesville


Thank you to all who attended

 Spider Blocks

OBBAC '09 Tournament Results | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 03:09

Place/Team Boat No. Entry
Paid No. Fish Big Fish Big Small mouth


1.  Peter Gobel/Joe Morris 12 X X 5 2.77 2.71 10.90
2.  Mike Obrien/Allen Colvin 15 X X 5 2.49 2.49 8.88
3.  Steve Gausnell/Travis Parks 16 X X 4 2.78   8.63
4.  Russ Miller/Mike Calhoun 24 X X 4 3.10   8.45
5.  Jim Rainy/Duke Barris 14 X X 3 3.53   7.89
6.  Jiggs Benn/Charlie Albritton 1 X X 5 1.60 1.60 7.40
7.  Victor Fejern/Mickey Lipe 11 X X 3 3.00 3.00 7.21
8.  Brian Sanders/Doug Warren 21 X X 5 2.99 2.99 6.92
9.  Jim Muck/Mike Ardito 7 X X 5 1.84   6.49
10.  James Stamy/Ron Pattee 19 X X 4 2.82 2.82 6.30
11.  Det Mason/Kevin McNeil 10 X X 4 1.65   4.47
12.  Alan Bolick/Russ Ervin 18 X X 4     4.44
13.  Jim Ulrey/Sylvan Ulrey 6 X   3 1.98   4.23
14.   Franz Heinig/John Strenk 3 X X 2 2.07 2.07 4.10
15.  Jim Wright/John Wright 13 X X 3 1.73 1.03 3.92
16.  Tim Kennedy/Sheri Kennedy 9 X X 2 2.00   3.43
17.  Charles Adams/Andy Haywood 17 X X 3 1.03   3.00
18.  Jim Henry/Tyler Jenks 2 X X 2 1.87   2.78
19.  Gail Ervin/ 5     1 2.10 2.10 2.10
20.  Ralph Jaeger/KC Day 8 X X 1 1.00   1.00
21.  Bob Griffin/Casey McGuire 4 X X 1     0.96
22.  Tony Thayer/Steve Gribble 20 X X 0      
23.  Sid Littleton/Larry Young 23 X X 0      
Lost Creek Fish Transfer | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2009 03:32

Hi folks,
Another terrific, successful project is now in the books. We gathered together, we fished and caught, and we moved one heckuva lot of fish.
I would like to thank everyone involved in this project. Most especially I would like to thank David Haight, ODFW. He may work for the “dark side”, but he sure supports our efforts every step of the way.
There were old, young, male, female, and even a few interested parties of the canine variety.
We actually had 46 people signed up on ODFW volunteer forms, but there were a couple of folks who didn’t sign up. I figure 50+. There were 23 boats, and I must tell you that the OBBAC is extremely glad we didn’t volunteer to pay fuel costs.
After making 2 trips this time, each with just over 1000 bass per trip, Dave Haight counted 2048 bass transferred out. We were very happy with transferring 800+ fish last September, but this is phenomenal. 75 of the fish went to Denman Ponds in Central Point, to replace the ones vandalized this past Spring, and the rest went to Lost Creek Lake.
To everyone who participated this year, you should be very proud. We have done a great thing for the fisheries. You can look forward to doing this one again. One other benefit to this project was that everyone had a great time. You just can’t get better than that!

Thank you all,

Christmas Tree Collection | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2009 03:28


As a final effort to get Christmas trees placed just ahead of the rising lakes (and as a last effort before the tournaments really start), we will be gathering at the McGregor Visitor Center on March 22nd, Saturday at 9:00 AM. After check-in and orientation we will head up to the site. The project should not take long, maybe 4- hours. We will string Christmas trees on cable, anchoring them to the lake bottom. After the project we will be regrouping at the Visitor Center for ‘burgers and ‘dogs. This is our last chance of the spring, and I hope we get a good turnout.
We have lots of projects still to go this year, so stay tuned. We have transfers from Davis Lake in May, hook and line transfers from Hyatt Lake on June 21st, and more.

Please let me know if you intend to be there.

Tight Lines and Screaming Reels,

Lonnie Johnson

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