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Postponement and update | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 28 February 2011 04:21

We will be postponing the scheduled OBBAC meeting this Sunday. First, I’m a bit under the weather, and the weather is a bit under the weather. We will reschedule soon, and be back up to speed.

I apologize for any inconvenience.

Second, don’t forget the “spider block” party on April 2nd, at Lost Creek. We will be at the Corps’ work shed again, above the hatchery grounds. I’ll send along more information as we get closer to the date.

Third, and most important, some of you may recall my speaking of HB 2632. This is a bill designed to destroy our warm water fishing in Oregon. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Roblan (D-Coos Bay), and Rep. Olson (R-Albany) changes the definition of “hatchery produced” fish to broaden the scope. It also removes all limits from “non-native” fish. It was originally thought that this bill was doomed. However, the Native Fish Society has climbed aboard, primarily because of the removal of the limits. The bill now seems to be getting some traction in the legislature. I have sent e-mails to Rep. Wally Hicks and Sen. Jason Atkinson, my legislative representatives here in Grants Pass, and I strongly urge you to do the same. We need to become very pro-active in this endeavor. If we do not, we face the very real danger of losing a fishery we all love.

Also, you can go on http://gov.oregonlive.com/ and post your opinion. Simply type in 2632 under the bill number and it will take you to the proper page. This is a website provided by the Oregonian newspaper that allows blogs, and gets read by many folks. I posted on there yesterday.

As this bill progresses, I will keep everyone up to date. If necessary, I will go to Salem and do some legislative “buttonholing”. Currently, that looks like the case.

Please, if you like to fish warm water, even occasionally, take the time to act NOW!

 
First Project | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 04:26

Our first project of the year is fast approaching. On Sunday, Feb. 20th, we will meet at the MacGregor Visitors Center at Lost Creek Reservoir, at 9:00 AM to share coffee and doughnuts, sign the obligatory volunteer forms, get a little safety instruction, and prepare to go plant some willows. This will give most of you an opportunity to meet Justin Stegall, our new Corps representative.

For those of you who might not know it, the Visitors Center can be found by turning left onto Takelma Drive. Takelma is the first left, before the bridge, as you reach the lake. You will see MacGregor Visitor Center signs on your right. Turn in there, and join us for fun, fellowship, and hearing “fish stories”, catch up with your buddies, or just go play in the mud.

We will be cooking burgers, etc., up at the worksite again this year. The Corps of Engineers will be providing the food, and we will be cooking it. So, all are invited. Bring warm clothes, gloves, shovels, BBQ grill, etc. Let’s go have some fun. If you can think of anyone who might enjoy our day, please pass this along, or just invite them to have a fun day.

This project has sort of become the mark of the beginning of our season, so let’s all show up, have fun, plant a few (hundred) willows, and kick off the season of FISHING!!

 
Welcome to 2011 | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 05:38

Folks,

For those who have read the e-mail I sent on Friday, this is a modified version. I made an error on the Feb. 20th date, which is changed herein. I’ve also added information on some new projects we are developing in Douglas County. I’m sorry for the error, but this should correct any misinformation.

Welcome to 2011!! I hope everyone had a great holiday. Deb and I did, and that’s for sure. We had both grandsons here for the holiday. The house was messy and extremely loud, and I wouldn’t change a single thing. For those of you who missed the event, Conner Matthew, our latest family edition, was born on September 2nd.

I have enclosed the 2011 project and tournament schedule for 2011. There are also some other new things coming down the road, and I’m here to share them with you.

First, ODFW has completed the Angler Education trailer, and it is located at the office on Gregory Rd., in Central Point. If your club has an event coming up, let me know and I’ll see if we can get the trailer there. The trailers are great for Kids Fishing Day and more. By the way, they are called Family Fishing Events now, because of the desire to include the whole family, not just the kids.

In the near future, there will be an addition to the OBBAC website that some of you might find interesting. I’m hoping to post the monthly Oregon State Police Game Enforcement Field Review. I’ve just been added to the distribution list, and it relates occurrences and cases from the field. UPDATE: I received the first of the OSP newsletter, and it will be on the website soon. Incidentally, check the back of your 2011 angling license, and there is a telephone number for reporting violators. Get a boat number, a auto license number, etc., and when you can get a signal, call it in.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has asked that we NOT string Christmas trees this year. They have requested that we only string trees on alternative years, for fear of navigational hazards. In return OBBAC will be placing 50 “spider” blocks this year.

I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed to the R&E Board for 4 more years. In addition, Gary Galovich and Terry Shrader have applied for an R&E grant to cover costs of spider blocks for specific projects this year, including the ones we will be placing in Lost Creek. UPDATE: It may interest many of you to know we will be constructing and placing 50 spider blocks in 2 reservoirs in Douglas County. This project is also included in the R&E Grant being submitted in early February.

UPDATE: We will be doing a different sort of project this February, but it includes a very familiar area. Our project will be to plant cuttings in the Medco Flat area obtained from the thick brushy areas. The cuttings will be pre-cut to facilitate ease of access on Feb. 20th.

The tournament for this year will be held on Sept. 10th, and will be a 100% PAYBACK. In return, we hope that the participants will support the raffle, and we will still have a successful fundraiser. The form will be available on the OBBAC website very soon. www.obbac.org

Here is the schedule for the coming year. You will notice only one meeting scheduled, but we decide the next meeting date as we adjourn each meeting.

Saturday, Feb. 20th – Willow planting at Lost Creek. More details of time, etc. to follow soon.

Sun. Feb. 27th – OBBAC meeting 1:00 PM, Central Point office ODFW

Saturday, March 12th – Spider Block construction, Lost Creek USACE Workshed

Mid-May – Davis Lake Transfer UPDATE: Currently planned for May 16-19

Saturday, June 18th – Hyatt Transfer

Sunday, July 10th – Hyatt Transfer

Saturday, Sept. 10th – OBBAC Tournament, Galesville Reservoir

 

Hope to see all of you soon.

 
OBBAC Meeting | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:16

Folks,

It is time, once again, for an OBBAC meeting. Primarily, we will be setting up projects for next year. I hope all of you can attend. We will meet at the ODFW offices on Gregory Rd., in Central Point. Meeting time is 1:00 PM, on Sunday, November 14th.

As is customary, if you have anything for the agenda, please let us know.

 
Hyatt Fish Transfer | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 09 July 2010 03:27

As many of you are aware, we will be transferring bass from Hyatt again this Sunday. Just like last time, the first trip will go to Lost Creek, the 2nd will go to Applegate. I believe a small number will also be transported to the east side for Dog Lake.

For those who missed the stats on the June 19th transfer, here are some interesting numbers: 700+ went to Lost Creek, 100+ went to Bend for a small pond there, and a total of 1300+ went to Applegate Lake. We also had 11 mortalities.

As was the case for the last transfer, OBBAC will again pay for your launch/parking fees at the resort. We will start signing people up early, and the weather is forecasted for bright and sunny. (A historical moment for the past 5 years)

Also, there are spots still open for the OBBAC tournament coming up on September 11th.

So, load up your wife, kids, Aunt Sophie, your other brother Darryl, and lets go have a fun “catching” day on the water. That is Sunday (July 11th) at Hyatt Lake resort. First load leaves around 10:00 AM, 2nd around 2:00 PM.

 
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