Morgan Lake and Yaquina Bay share little in common in terms of fishing opportunities.Morgan Lake has rainbow trout and catfish. Yaquina Bay has rockfish, crab, chinook salmon, perch and sturgeon fisheries.
Yaquina Bay is accessible year round. Morgan Lake, by contrast, is often covered by ice at least four months a year.
Anglers never need more than 15-pound test line at Morgan Lake but
might need 80-pound test line to pull in Yaquina Bay sturgeon.
Spring chinook salmon, unlike many steelhead, waste little time migrating upstream from the mouth of the Columbia River to Northeast Oregon.
IMNAHA GRANDEUR: The fishing season for spring chinook on the Imnaha River opens Saturday and ends July 12. Eighty percent of the salmon returning to the Imnaha will be hatchery fish, predict biologists. The ODFW projects that 5,000 adult spring chinook will be in the Imnaha River - The Observer/PHIL BULLOCK
On Saturday morning, anglers will waste little time getting to the banks of the Wallowa and Imnaha rivers.
Anglers will be flocking to the rivers for the opening of a one-month hatchery spring chinook fishing season.
Add a new fish to the list of those in Morgan Lake — steelhead.
A total of 198 tiny steelhead were released into Morgan Lake May 20
by students in Michelle Cregger’s sixth grade Nature’s Studies classes.
The fish are fry about a half inch long.
Cregger’s students had been raising the steelhead for about six
weeks after receiving 400 fertilized eggs from the Oregon Department of
Fish and Wildlife’s Wallowa Hatchery.
ELGIN — A new chapter was added to a cherished tradition at Elgin’s Stella Mayfield School recently.
The 26th edition of Stella Mayfield’s Outdoor School was conducted
at the Blue Mountain 4-H Center. About 28 of the school’s sixth-graders
It’s two nights and three days the sixth-graders will remember long
after they have forgotten facts they learned in the classroom about
history and English.
Summer is still 22 days away but occasional temperature spikes already have people thinking of places where they can cool off.
Swimmers frolic on Memorial Day at the Forest Cove Warm Springs Pool in Cove. The Observer/DICK MASON
People seeking sites to chill need look no further than three public
pool sites in Union County plus Lehman Hot Springs, 41 miles southwest
of La Grande, and the Sam-O Swim (YMCA Pool) Center in Baker City.
Here is information about prices and hours...
Local residents may not realize that aliens are lurking in their
backyards. These creatures have big red eyes, a dome-shaped head, can
hover in flight and come equipped with sharp claws. Even their name,
Streptopelia decaocto, sounds like something you’d see on the roster at
Area 51. Their language resembles the cooing of an adolescent
But, before you dial the Men in Black, I must confess this tongue
and cheek introduction is a bit misleading. The Eurasian collared dove
is, indeed, alien to our neighborhoods, but seems to be a fairly benign
addition to the bird feeding station. And, so far, no dove to human
abductions have been recorded.
Wallowa County’s bull elk population may be at a four-decade high.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists observed 1,371
bull elk in Wallowa County last month during their annual spring aerial
count. The total is the most bull elk spotted during a Wallowa County
count since at least 1969 when the annual spring survey was started,
said Enterprise ODFW Biologist Pat Matthews.
The previous high was 1,349 elk spotted in 2007.
“Spring has sprung, the grass is rizz. I wonder where the flowers is?”
— Author unknown
Spring has truly sprung on Mount Emily and the wild flowers are
beginning to show their faces. The mountain is awakening after its long
winter’s nap and various outdoor activities are once again beginning to
The areas adjacent to Owsley Canyon Road and above Igo Lane are
designated for non-motorized use and will be the focus of this month’s
Catfish are bottom feeders, but landing one at Morgan Lake can take an angler to the top of the local fishing world.
THE CATâ€™S MEOW: Colt Foltz of Boise landed this 1-pound, 8.8-ounce catfish at the Morgan Lake Fishing Derby Saturday. The fish was the heaviest one taken at the derby. Submitted photo
Just ask Colt Foltz of Boise. The youth landed a 1-pound, 8.8-ounce
catfish Saturday at the annual Morgan Lake Fishing Derby. Colt’s catch
was the top one in his age 6 and younger category. The catfish also was
the heaviest fish caught by any of the 118 people who took part in the
Catfish have been in Morgan Lake for years but were never planted
there by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Someone illegally
released some into Morgan Lake years ago and the fish took root.
A national snapshot will be taken May 9-10.
SUGAR ADDICT: The annual Spring North American Migration Count, conducted nationally since 1992, is traditionally the second weekend of May because this is when neotropical birds like hummingbirds are at the peak of their migration movement. Hummingbirds, like this rufous male, have just entered the Grande Ronde Valley. It's time to clean and fill up your feeders. Rather than use the commercial nectars, with the unnecessary red dye, simply heat up a solution of four parts water with one part sugar. Let the mixture cool after the sugar has dissolved. Scarlet monarda, a garden perennial, is very attractive to hummingbirds. For free plants, call 963-6977. Photo/JIM WARD
It is a “photo’’ that bird watchers throughout Union and Wallowa counties will have a chance to bring into sharper focus.
The picture will be provided by the annual Spring North American
Migration Count. The count is meant to provide a snapshot on the status
of birds at a point of time in North America.
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