Taking proper care of meat
• The proper handling of harvested wildlife is the most important criteria to ensure its value as table fare. After properly tagging the animal, the hunter should remove the entrails and get the hide off to start the cool-down process. Wipe down the carcass with a dry cloth to remove any foreign material and keep the carcass sanitary by placing it into a clean dry cloth game bag.
• Reservoir storage is at 3 percent of capacity, but still plenty of water for some good fishing, with anglers reporting catching rainbow trout and yellow perch. Launching boats at the Union Creek launch is not possible. Boats can be launched at the Mason Dam launch at very low reservoir levels, but the ramp surface is in disrepair and launching of large boats is not advisable.
Grande ronde river
• Steelhead season is in full swing on the Grande Ronde however fishing has been relatively slow. Look for more fish to show up as the season progresses. Similar to other Columbia basin runs, the Grande Ronde stock is tracking below expectations this year.
• Trout fishing should continue to be good through the fall in the Wallowa River. The October caddis hatch is still producing some bugs that the fish should be willing to eat. Also try small mayfly patterns. Mountain whitefish are also very abundant in the Wallowa and are readily caught on small bead-head nymphs. Steelhead season opened Sept. 1. A few steelhead are available in the fall however the best fishing is in late winter and early spring.