1st Fall Chinook Pic
Get your Nestucca hat to join in before
you get your 1st fish
Sign in sheet and rules in the shop
We will be open Thanksgiving day from 6:am to 12:noon.
Shuttles will be available till 11:am
Fishing resumes on Friday! to fish or shop......FISH!
HAVE A HAPPY
11/22/2014 Big rain last night for about four
hours. As you can see by the graph the Nestucca
took a big jump last night. The rains stopped at about
10.00 PM and the river is on a fast drop. It topped out
at 7.11 feet and currently has dropped to 6.7 feet. The
water is a little off color but not brown and should get
better as the river drops into shape today. With
no further rain expected today I would guess that the
river could drop under 6.5 feet today.. There were many
reports of salmon stacking up in tidewater over the last
four days due to the lack of water in the river. Those
fish will certainly be on the move today and the next
couple of days. This will more than likely be the last
shot of numbers for salmon. Yes I know, they will
continue to trickle in all through December, but as far
as good numbers go, this should be it.
Winter steelhead should be in the mix going
forward. We had a handful caught in Three Rivers and the
Nestucca a week ago. Thanksgiving is normally the kick
off for the Three Rivers run of fish. There are always
some early fish and I'd bet that there are some there
now with the high waters of last night. The surprising
thing to me was that, last week, there were a couple of
big native steelhead caught in the Nestucca well above
Three Rivers. That is not supposed to happen until
January. Could be a good sign of what's to come.
11/14/2014 We are giving the salmon a break!
No one is here. I mean absolutely no one. The
river is beautiful, and the weather is not bad. As you
can see NOAA missed it again, instead of the river on
the rise past 6.3 feet, the Nestucca continues to drop
and is currently at 5.1 feet. Color is great, fishing
conditions are wonderful and no one is fishing.
Yesterday we had one shuttle and today, so far, none. No
bank fishermen. no boaters, seems really strange in
light of two days ago there were 40 shuttles on the
11/07/2014 Another good day on the Nestucca:
Fishing was maybe just a shade better yesterday. Still
many folks found their limits of salmon again today.
There were a lot more boats on the water as is customary
for Saturday's. the water couldn't be any more perfect
at 5.8 feet and just a great shade of green. Fish were
where you found them, there were no go to drifts and
folks at different times of the day found Chinook
all the legal fishing spots. We had a couple of
confused boaters that were fishing from 4th bridge down.
It's not legal to fish for or retain Chinooks above
first bridge. Tomorrow promises to be another great day
on the Nestucca. Good ocean tides last night and tonight
should deposit more fish by morning.
11/06/2014 The Nestucca continues to drop.
A couple of squall today turned the river up slightly,
however it's on the drop again now. I would anticipate
the river at 6.2 or there about by morning. My guess is
it will be busy because even in less than ideal
conditions today, folks caught a good number of salmon.
Running sardine wrapped Kwikfish close to the bank
scored for quite a few folks today. That is a great way
to fish at 6.5 feet. Tomorrow will lend itself to more
to back bouncing and bobber fishing with bait. Plugs
will still be effective , don't overlook a kwikfish with
any shade of green on it.
11/04/2014 Rivers blown, nothing to do,
so I wrote this song for you.
Tis the time to catch a
salmon, Fa la la la la La la la la
Wet a line they'll be no famine, Fa la
la la la La la la la
Done thee now our wet apparel Fa la la
Fa la la La la la
Whack and tag a big bright salmon
Fa la la la la La la la la!
As you all can see I'm plenty
bored today. The big Nestucca is brown, there are
however lots of salmon at the hatchery on Three Rivers.
They flew up in there with the high water and are
trapped there, so there are a few brave souls casting
there lines there.
11/04/14 Late morning: You all know how
I'm constantly being asked to be a prognosticator of the
weather. My poor crystal ball has been so over worked I
had to send it off for repair. I told you I was bored
but a good friend sent me this and it made me laugh:
It's late fall
and the Indians on a remote reservation in South Dakota
asked their new Chief if the coming winter was going to
be cold or mild. Since he was a chief in a modern
society, he had never been taught the old secrets. When
he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the winter
was going to be like. Nevertheless, to be on the safe
side, he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going
to be cold and that the members of the village should
collect firewood to be prepared. But, being the
practical leader, after several days, he got an idea. He
went to the phone booth, called the National Weather
Service and asked, is the coming winter going to be
cold? "It looks like this coming winter is going
to be quite cold", the meteorologist at the weather
service responded. So the chief went back to his people
and told them to collect even more firewood in order to
be prepared. A week later he called the National Weather
Service again. Does it still look like it is going to be
a very cold winter? "Yes", the man at the national
Weather Service again replied, "It's going to be a very
cold winter" The chief again went back to his people and
ordered them to collect every scrap of fire wood they
could find. Two weeks later, the chief called the
National Weather Service again. Are you absolutely sure
that the winter is going to be very cold? "Absolutely",
the man replied. "It's looking more and more like it is
going to be one of the coldest winters we have ever
seen". How can you be so sure the chief asked? The
weather man replied "The Indians are collecting fire
wood like crazy"!
11/02/14 extremely busy day on the
river. More river shuttles today than we
had on Saturday. Good
reports from Saturday and predicted lousy weather for
Monday and Tuesday may have been the driving force.
Fishing was OK today maybe not quite as good as on
Saturday, still many fishermen took home limits and many
more had their opportunities. I gotta say, and I do this
with my fingers crossed , but so far we are not getting
the kind of rains that would push the Nestucca to
projected levels. I don't have a clear handle on the
rain it could go either way at this point. The Coho
numbers were smaller today while the Chinook numbers
seemed quite a bit better. The upper stretches from 1st
to Three Rivers did better than below Three Rivers . I
think that was due to the high number of shuttles in the
lower river destined for Cloverdale.
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