Catfish Fishing Lakes In Oregon
Catfish On The Rivers in Oregon have one or more species, and have a large abundance of catfish. Many ponds and small lakes also have a big population of catfish. The major lakes with many catfish include Brownlee Reservoir, Crump Lake, Detroit Lake, Drews Reservoir, Fern Ridge Reservoir, Hart Lake, Lake Owyhee, Prineville Reservoir, Siltcoos Lake, Tenmile Lake and Warm Springs Reservoir. All these lakes have some great catfish and are great for fishing. McKay Reservoir produced the Oregon State record channel catfish and the state record flathead catfish came out of the Snake River. While the Tualatin River gave up the Oregon state record for the largest white catfish.
Most Catfish are considered bottom feeders for the most part. They will generally eat anything that can get in their mouth. Their strongest sense is smell which they use to locate potential food sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have been caught on most types of fast moving bass lures so don’t under estimate their ability to catch live bait.
Catfish are normally a warm-water fish that inhabit the tepid rivers, ponds and lakes in the Willamette River Zone in Oregon. This area is full of fishing holes as water runs to the lower elevations, and is warmed in the spring and summer months. Spots favored by anglers include the Columbia River, Henry Hagg Lake and Fern Ridge Reservoir. Anyone fishing in the Willamette Zone must have an Oregon fishing license from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The only exceptions to this rule are during the annual free fishing weekend or when anglers are under 14 years old. In Willamette Valley, catfish can only be fished during daylight hours. Fisherman can catch them by fishing only and are not allowed to use any snagging or trapping methods. Walking catfish can not be fished for, not even with the catch and release.
Halibut Fishing in Dutch Harbor
Halibut Fishing at Dutch Harbor is the best fishing currently available anywhere in Alaska. The Bearing Sea collides with the Pacific Ocean, causing the waters around Dutch Harbor to be a major feeding area for great numbers of halibut. Especially the hundred plus pounders. On June 11th 1996, a Halibut fisherman landed a four hundred and fifty nine pound halibut. The largest ever taken on sport fishing gear. It won the International Game Fish Association’s All Tackle record and one hundred thirty pound line class record. This catch eclipsed the three hundred ninety five pound Halibut that previously held the record, also taken in the same waters.
The Best Time to fish for triple digit trophy halibut locals say, is May. A good for really big halibut, but the fishing is slower than the area’s prime time of late August and early September. However, remarkable catches happen during the other months of the season as well. If it’s just hundred pound Halibut you’re looking for, just show up and you’ll probably catch at least one. The best Methods for exceptionally large fish like three to four hundred pounds plus, I use an entire fillet of Pacific gray cod. Cut the fillet usually about one and a half to two pounds, and then attach it tail section first, to a bullet head jig. Fish the lead head jig just above bottom, typically in very rocky areas strewn with steep pinnacles. Slow, long strokes, work best to entice strikes. Also drifting between one to two knots works best. When big fish hit this setup, or any halibut for that matter, they absolutely try to tear the whole rod and reel out of your hands. This is not a traditional halibut hit a all. It’s more like accidentally hooking into a freight train for those first few moments.
Jason Hill of cookingsessions.com
King Crab Wild from Alaska are Loaded with Flavor
Nothing Says Celebrate better than Giant Alaska King Crab Legs. Caught during the winter months in the frigid waters of Alaska, these are the world’s most sought after premium King Crab Legs. These Giant legs will average over 1/2 pound per leg. Just Harvested from the frigid waters of Dutch Harbor, this is the most flavorful of all King Crab. Enjoy a very rare Alaska treat from Oregon Seafood Today. If you are looking for that Very Special Treat for that very Special Celebration, Look No Further. Nothing is more impressive than Super Colossal King Crab Legs.
Red King Crab is mainly harvested in the Bristol Bay area of Alaska. This population of red king crab is currently stable and healthy. King crab is low in saturated fat and is a great source of protein, vitamin B12, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and selenium. For more on nutrition, see Nutrition Facts. King crabs are the largest of the commercially harvested crabs. Fishermen catch them for their sweet, rich meat using mesh covered pots that are 7 to 8 square feet in size. The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery is currently one of the most valuable in the United States.
The Fisheries for red king crab in several areas of the eastern Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands: Adak, Bristol Bay, Pribilof Islands and Norton Sound. The Pribilof Islands red king crab fishery has been closed since 1999 due to uncertainty about red king crab abundance and concerns over by catch of the depressed blue king crab stock. The Adak red king crab fishery is closed due to low abundance.
Young Crab are found at depths of 164 feet or less. They are solitary and require high relief habitat or coarse substrate such as boulders, cobble, and shell hash, and living substrates such as bryozoans tiny animals similar to coral and sea squirts. Between the ages of 2 and 4, red king crab rely less on habitat for protection and tend to form pods of thousands of crabs. Podding generally continues until 4 years of age at a size of about 2.5 inches, when the crab move to deeper water and join adults in the spring as they migrate to shallow water to spawn. They then migrate to deeper water and settle in waters less than 90 feet for the remainder of the year.
Jason Hill of cookingsessions.com
Oysters Are Lively at Oregon Seafood
Oregon Seafood has many different types of Oysters depending on the time of season. Check out some of the Oysters and the descriptions of how each one tastes. Oregon Seafood gets its Oysters delivered right from the ocean to their door step. Fresh Oysters for your dining pleasure is the goal of a good seafood company.
Elkhorn Oysters: A Pacific oyster harvested from the farmed beds in the Willapa Bay near the Willapa National Wildlife Refuse in Washington, this oysters is especially well suited for the half shell market due to their appearance and flavor. These oysters have a characteristically clean, green tinged shell, rounded cups and beach worn fluted look. Each oyster is packed with firm, crisp, briny, crunchy meat that finishes with a clean, melon like flavor. Availability is excellent as the Pacific Northwest rarely ices over.
Hood Canal Oysters: These wild beach oysters are harvested in the southern hook of the Hood Canal. Being a beach oyster, these animals are very dardy and have a very long shelf life. The area where the oysters are harvested has a substrate made up of small pebbles and natural gravel. This type of condition leaves these oysters clean with only a quick rinse (needed before use). The farmer takes pride in harvesting the best shapes for the half shell market.
Kumamoto: Originally from the Kumamoto area of Kyushu, Japan, this very slow growing oyster is small in size (1.5 – 2 in) with a very deep cup. The Kumamoto has a firm texture, rich in flavor, creamy and slightly salty. The finish is buttery-sweet, mildly fruity, with a hint of metallic flavor. Kumamoto oysters are cultivated now successfully in CA, OR, WA, and Mexico. This oyster is popular with the novice half-shell oyster consumer.
Oysterville: Close to the Pacific Ocean, the Oysterville beds are provided with excellent food so the oysters grow to a rich, marketable size. When ready for harvest IN 18-24 months, these beach oysters are picked by hand at low tide. Picking them by hand keeps the oysters free of sand and grit and assures good shapes for the half shell market. Varying weather conditions constantly pound this area causing the food variety and quantity to change with it. Because of these different growing conditions, these oysters obtain a rich complex flavor found nowhere else.
Oregon Seafood Salmon
For Many People, salmon are the most profound and enduring symbol of the Pacific Northwest. To the Northwest’s Native American cultures, the salmon are the very heart of their societies; they mark the turning of the seasons, form a religious focus. To the people who visit the Northwest, the salmon represent unmatched opportunities for fishing and for fish-watching as they make their great migratory runs. The salmon are the economic mainstay of several communities, the opportunity for some of the best fishing in the world right in their “own backyard,” and one of the last living examples of the wild character so cherished by the people of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Unfortunately, the salmon runs are decreasing.
Over The Past several decades, wild populations of salmon and steelhead throughout the West Coast have declined to dangerously low levels. In 1991, the National Marine Fisheries Service began a series of comprehensive status reviews of salmon and steelhead throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California. National Marine Fisheries Service identified fifty two Evolutionarily Significant Units of West Coast salmon and steelhead. Twenty seven of those Evolutionarily Significant Units have been listed as endangered or threatened species under the ESA. In addition, it is estimated that hundreds of historic populations in this region are now extinct. Businesses from across the country are urging the Obama Administration and Members of Congress to craft a plan that recovers abundant salmon and steelhead populations. This could put thousands of people to work, not to mention it saves taxpayer dollars, and helps build a clean and affordable energy future for everyone involved. In the wake of their third straight legal victory, salmon advocates are calling for the federal government to take a much harder look at dam breaching as a vehicle toward salmon recovery. Thousands of salmon are lost each year due to dams.
Oregon Seafood Feature Peacock Mantis Shrimp
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp is the fastest striking shrimp in the world. You’ve probably seen them on a documentary and thought, “Looks just like a praying mantis”. Well they sure do. It is the most lethal combination between an insect and a sea dwelling invertebrate you will ever come across in your lifetime. Nasty looking large shrimp like creature from the depths of the ocean.
The Mantis Shrimp are not really shrimp, they’re not really mantids either. They get their name purely from the physical resemblance to both the mantis and the shrimp. They may reach 12 inches in length, although larger Peacock Mantis have been recorded. The carapace of mantis shrimp covers only the rear part of the head and the first three segments of the thorax. Mantis shrimp appear in a variety of colours, from shades of browns to bright neon colours.
This Species is generally not a welcome addition to your home aquarium. Instead this common creature is considered a pesty killer, and it is often introduced by accident when putting in new live rock. If these aggressive shrimps are introduced into a reef tank they will quickly go to work killing the other residents of the tank. If you hear strange knocking sounds from at night and fish are disappearing from the tank, there is a real chance that a mantis shrimp have snuck into your tank. Off The waters of Bali, Indonesia, are one home to this strange creature, (Odontodactylus scyllarus). The shrimp feeds by smashing open its prey until it can feed on its tissue. Becareful if you are diving and put your hand under a rock, the mantis shrimp is also known as the thumb splitter. With a powerful punch it will use to pound its prey into bit size pieces.