Posts Tagged ‘Other Fish


Asian Carp Invasion

Asian Carp TV on the Illinois River


Sturgeon: Another Anadromous Fish

Salmon and Steelhead often dominate the discussion of ocean going fish and habitat considerations inland. That other pre-historic like creature fits into that ocean going circle also..the sturgeon. There are several dozen species of sturgeon around the world. The Western U.S. has these behemoths in several rivers. I recall standing gazing down on the Snake River near Hells Canyon dam at first light. The amazing sight of a giant sturgeon leaping from the water and landing on its’ side broke the morning silence. Dare I say, sturgeon tastes amazing!

Green Sturgeon Range

Sturgeon Restoration Projects, Pacific NW



Fly Fishing Ponds in the Springtime

Tony Muncy

Flyfishing ponds, in the Spring, is a nice respite from the long Winter and the high runoffs of Springtime. The setting is more relaxed. The pace is, and should be, slower; a small puzzle to be solved. The smaller patterns of chironomids, dragons, damsels, scuds are perfect for subsurface presentations. Little poppers and emergers in the film can be productive in the evenings. This is 3 wt. time for smaller species, unless finessing larger bass or carp.

Many ponds are open year around. Weed growth can be a bit much in the Summer, but Spring and Fall pond fishing can be quite rewarding. Docks, rocks and shoreline structure often reinforce the fact that fish are holding to structure and close to the shoreline, as indicated in both of these pictures. Slow retrieves, almost vertical retrieves near structure, will produce fish.   

Tony has had his fair share of bigger fish, but you can see his, and Darly’s,  satisfaction with seducing these Crappie to the feathered creations.

Darly Reed with a nice Crappie (TMuncy)


Reed Canyon & Fish? (Inner City Discovery)

My 93 y/o aunt lives adjacent to Reed Canyon and the headwaters of Crystal Springs. I never paid  much attention. So, recently I was driving her to an appointment and what did I see but an obvious habitat improvement project. But, why there? I did a little query and what do you know, a fish habitat story worth following: The Reed Canyon Restoration Project

“Between 1973 and 1993, four population inventories found 16 species of fish from eight different families in Reed Lake. These included: Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (juveniles and adults); Steelhead and/or Rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (juveniles and adults); Cutthroat Trout, Oncorhynchus clarki (juveniles and adults)…”

Crystal Springs (Reed Canyon) SwittersB

Crystal Springs from Reed Canyon (Habitat Improvement) SwittersB

Crystal Springs (Reed Canyon) SwittersB

It will be interesting to followup on this project over time to see if a safe passage way can be established/maintained.


Sturgeon on the Willamette River


Tony Muncy, Willamette, River, 'Keeper' 2-18-2011 SB

Sometimes A Man Has To Do What He Has To Do! Tony Muncy out with his uncle, Richard Zach on the Willamette (Columbia River for Sturgeon.)


Fly Fishing: Montana Pike

Several years ago, a good life long friend of mine moved to NE North Dakota and eventually to Billings, Montana. He was a trout fisherman for sure and I was intrigued as he explained the amazing hookups he had had for pike. Pike? Did seem a bit off track in the land of Steelhead, Salmon & Trout, he had just departed (Oregon). Bass and Carp were hard enough to embrace. Pike? Well he shared how predatorily, predaciously cool it was.


In the last several years, I have come to understand the scope and addiction of Pike Fly Fisher’s across the Northern latitudes. Simon Graham at his Pike Site is among several that give an exciting face to this species. So, while checking out Wayne Mumford at WillFishForWork, I saw he was mentioning his moment of recognition at BloodKnot. The piece is entitled The Beer Swilling, Spin Rod User’s Cousin. Check out BloodKnot and pay particular attention to pages 70-74 for Wayne’s well written praise to the toothy critter. Someday, I hope to try for this fish. Time seems in short supply to do it all, so I remain focused on trout with additional efforts to get better with a two hander for Steelhead.

Yet, top water for Pike (and Bass) does appeal to me. The predatory wallop does not offend my freshwater sensibilities. One thing is obvious as one studies fly fishing near and far…you fish for what you have available. Doesn’t matter the species, it is the process.


Fly Fishing: Carp & Waterfowl Don’t Mix (Malheur Lake)

Came upon this h/t  Trout Underground re Carp in Malheur Lake: “Carp are native to Europe and Asia and were artificially introduced into the Silvies River in about 1920, probably to keep nearby irrigation canals open on the premise that carp would eat aquatic plants and algae, Beck said.

Their numbers in Malheur Lake — which averages 18 inches deep — verges on the unbelievable. Biologists estimate 1.5 million carp inhabit the lake….”


Historic data of Rotenone treatments of carp at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge:
1957: 1.5 million carp killed in Malheur Lake and nearby Boca Lakes
1959: 58,000 carp killed in Blitzen River and Sodhouse Pond
1960: 400,000 carp killed in Malheur Lake and Blitzen River
1961: 150,000 carp killed in Malheur Lake and Blitzen River
1968: 240,000 carp killed throughout refuge
1969: Blitzen River treated with rotenone, number of carp killed unknown
1977: Unknown thousands killed in Malheur Lake and 50,000 killed in Blitzen River
1992: 100,000 killed in Blitzen River and Sodhouse Pond


Fly Fishing: Brownlining and Going Local at a Slough or Ditch

All the rage, going local and simplifying your  life. Turning away from consumption and living within your means. The evolving brownlining, fish local, fish it all approach does expand the world of options.

“Trout and steelhead are fun, but I want to cast big, nasty, furry flies and have some fish straight of the Pleistocene epoch chase it down like a starving coyote after a limping field mouse.” (more thoughts)


Ocean Fishery: Hake (Pacific Fish Management Glimpse)

Pacific (Rodney Johnson)

Pacific's Take of Hake (Rodney Johnson)

SB: What kind of fish? Where? Where fish sold?

RJ: Pacific Whiting or more commonly called Hake. This fish was not used  much until the fishery developed large mid-water nets and the boats  installed refrigeration systems so we could chill them rapidly. This  fish spoils very fast but now the boats chill sea water and we can  chill them and bring them into port cold. They are processed within 24 hours of being caught. A boat like  our holds 130,000 lbs and we try to deliver every day. Some boats hold  up to 450,000 lbs.

There is a small season in Calf. now and the main season starts on  June 15th. The quota is about 700 million lbs. The season is an  Olympic system – meaning, first come first served, so it is very  competitive. The goal is to get your fish, get in and unload and get  back out. If anything goes wrong on your trip and you miss a day  the boat loses a days earnings. The nets are very complex and if not used correctly will not work. I am somewhat of an expert  in this area.

This is a very inexpensive fish used to makes fake crab meat and  fish sticks. A lot of it goes to Eastern Europe and the Middle  East as a headed whole fish. Cheap protein for poor countries. Last year the price was & cents a pound but they hope to get 12 cents or more this year.

The problem with this type of fishery is that on these larger boats  handling large nets and huge amounts of fish any mistake can be  serious. Not only can you lose fishing time but people can get  hurt.

ROD  [ hope I didn’t wear you out ]

SB: Is there ever a concern of wiping out the stocks of targeted fish like cod in the Atlantic?  Curious if there is any long-term view re such management? Is 700 mil lbs. a drop in the renewable bucket or does anyone really know??? Just think of depleted salmon and steelhead runs.

RJ: These fish reproduce rapidly and have a short life span compared to other fish. Large areas of the west coast are off-limits and fishing is really regulated. There are a few long living fish that have been over fished and its like the  spotted owl situation in logging. We would be allowed more hake but we are  limited by the amount of these other fish we catch.

Its called by-catch and if we catch  to many of these other fish they shut us down. They even have camera’s on the boats  to keep us honest.  Knowledge of the ocean bottom to stay away from areas where this by-catch  lives is important.

A lot of fishing problems are caused by boat captains  that don’t know or don’t care enough to worry about the future of the  future of fishing. One or two poor captains can make everyone look bad.


Rod has been involved in the commercial fishing industry for 40+ years and is a gentleman’s gentleman.

Take of Hake (Rodney Johnson on the Pacific)


Pike Tattoo (Piking Cool)

Piking Tattoo (Ta2oo)


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