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Old 12-07-2014, 01:41 PM   #1
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Why are so many Oregon reservoirs closed for several months of the year? Is it a staffing and budget issue? Are the sasquatches spawning during those months or something?

Just wondering.

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Old 12-07-2014, 07:39 PM   #2
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I just moved here from Utah, I'm going crazy.

Lake closers are bs.
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:19 PM   #3
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Because odfw is out of touch with spotsmen.
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:54 PM   #4
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Don't even get us started with ODFW Big Game Regulations...........
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:03 PM   #5
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:10 PM   #6
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That is one of the things I don't miss about Oregon. I now live in sunny Colorado, and put together this catch a couple weeks ago. The lake is open 365 days a year, although it does close at 6 at this time of year. By 6 it's freezing cold out, but during the day, highs in the 60's are common and such high pressure fronts can really get the specks excited, which in turn gets me excited.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:30 PM   #7
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There are plenty of places that remain open year round. Personally I like it. Gives the trout that were stocked this year plenty of time to grow and get fat and pink for the spring. Look at fisheries like Hagg in the spring. Have you tried chasing winter steelhead???
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:21 PM   #8
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Felon Finder, you must be in Pueblo. Very few places in Colorado to find white crappie.

iFisherkid, I am not exactly "captain fish-death." I am pretty happy to let gamefish eat the stockers.

I am stoked to c&r a steelhead though, for sure.

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Old 12-09-2014, 12:04 AM   #9
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A lot of Willamette valley lakes are at winter low water levels to accommodate all the rain and snowmelt we are about to get over the next few months, probably why they are closed. Go check out Dorena south of Eugene, its drawn-down but has a usable launch still and puts out the occasional winter giant.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:17 PM   #10
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Felon Finder, you must be in Pueblo. Very few places in Colorado to find white crappie.

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No, but that is where I fish. However, there are some other lakes with crappie, but not many are close enough. Brush Hollow is only 20 minutes away but most of their crappie seem small so I stick with Pueblo. Good call! If I make it out in the spring or summer maybe we can get some crappie, Western Oregon style.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:36 PM   #11
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Sounds like a plan to me!

Brush Hollow finally got some water this year, the last few years have been brutal.

Some TANK walleye in there, and some much better than average bass for Colorado.

Cheers!

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Old 12-09-2014, 04:19 PM   #12
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Interesting. I know they have a mercury problem in that lake, too. So that's another reason I avoid it.
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I can't speak for Oregon but I can say why we do that in southwest Washington with some of our waters. Some waters are what we call nursery waters. So we will put fingerlings in the fall and close the lake entirely and let the lake grow them out to nice big fat yummy adults.

Another reason is lakes need breaks too. We have some year round waters that were previously seasonal that we are thinking of moving back to seasonal. It seems based on what I've seen, that a seasonal lake sometimes does better than a year round. But that could easily be a case by case sort of thing.
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:52 PM   #14
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Again, it's Stacie with the voice of reason. You can speak for the State of Oregon anytime as far asI'm concerned. Thanks for your comments,I know I speak for many here.
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Another reason is lakes need breaks too. We have some year round waters that were previously seasonal that we are thinking of moving back to seasonal. It seems based on what I've seen, that a seasonal lake sometimes does better than a year round. But that could easily be a case by case sort of thing.
Too bad you don't work for ODFW!! You could tell them to make Diamond seasonal again. I really don't think anyone can argue that removing pressure on a lake for a few months is going to make the fishing any worse. (Even though someone is going to be that guy and pull a technical card on me )
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:13 PM   #16
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Thanks Puck!

There's a lot to be said for a seasonal lake and having an 'Opening Day'. I get told a lot that people miss that excitement of Opening Day that we used to have on the west side. Our east side lakes are still seasonal and I really believe the lakes benefit from that.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:00 PM   #17
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it helps them re set and rest for a while. always good to close a lake for at least a month or two a year.. openers are fun for sure too. Stacie i always enjoy your posts and explanations. we really need someone like you in oregon!
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Stacie: What Puck said about you. Always a pleasure.
Shaun, there's lots of water still open in Oregon, in most parts of the state.
Lots of coast lakes, lots of reservoirs, not to mention the Big C.
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Thanks everyone I'm glad to be able to offer up thoughts!
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