Category Archives: fishing

Best weather on the Oregon Coast!

Well, that’s a matter of opinion.  After living here for a while, I like the rain and fog as much as the sunshine.  You could say the Oregon Coast is a little moody.

If you’re here for the views though, July – October is when you’ll find the clearest skies.  Of course my favorite views are between Waldport and Florence because you can see everything from Highway 101.

heceta head lighthouse
Photo-op at Heceta Head Lighthouse Overlook on Hwy 101

Today would be an awesome day for a horseback ride on the beach.

Horseback riding on Baker Beach
Horseback riding on Baker Beach

Our friends say the fishing is good.

Common Murre eating fish
Common Murre eating fish

And the livin’ is easy…

Stellar Sea Lion and Guillemot
Stellar Sea Lion and Guillemot

The Guillemot have such pretty shoes!

Spring Break vs Spring Fever

I am sure that one causes the other…unless your break is drowned out.

I’m just thinking of you poor families living in the northern regions where snow hasn’t melted off your lawn yet and the kids are crying, “when can we go camping?!”

mowed lawn

Maybe it’s time to unpickle the RV!  Don’t wait until the week before you want to camp to flush the antifreeze, check the heater, water heater, stove, batteries, etc.  You don’t want to be making last minute repairs with the kids breathing down your neck.

Gathering Firewood
Gathering Firewood

Find that camping checklist or make a new one.

You’d be surprised how many people show up in a campground without the basics: axe, matches/lighter, flashlight, can opener, etc.

Tent Camping with Kids
Tent Camping with Kids

If tent camping is your deal, set up the tent in the backyard (or living room) before you head to the campground.  Tents are really of no use without poles.

When camping with your kids, consider a campground with an on-site host.  Hosted campgrounds are generally more family-friendly.  The rowdies tend to go somewhere else where no one will be complaining about their inconsiderate behavior.

Check out American Land & Leisure for some of the friendliest campground hosts you’ll find in the US.  Choose a state under FIND OR RESERVE YOUR SITE.  Many of their campgrounds begin opening in April; some are open year-round.

Oregon Coast Spring Sights

Alllie the tagged Roosevelt Elk
Our beautiful Alllie

Alllie didn’t have a calf last year.  I hope she will this year.

White moth with black markings
Match the Hatch – white-ribboned carpet moth

We took our lunch out to Canal Creek Group Campground today.  It is only open for reservations from mid-May through Labor Day now.  We walked in to look at the creek and eat lunch.  Those little white moths are so fast that I’d never noticed they have a black pattern.  This one was apparently just drying out his wings.  I think the steelhead like them.

Naughty Moss
Naughty Moss

This knot looks like an eye on the picnic table.  I can tell the ground is warming up because the grass is growing again.  Everything is starting to green-up!

Salmonberry Blossoms in Canal Creek Campground
Salmonberry Blossoms in Canal Creek Campground

Even the Salmonberries are starting to bloom!  Canal Creek Campground is full of berry bushes.  Come hungry.

New fishing pier at Nelson State Park

Look how pretty!

Nelson State Park - new dock
Nelson State Park – new dock

They put in a new fishing pier/dock last week at Nelson State Park.  It’s gorgeous…and big!

Nelson State Park is the little wayside at Eckman Lake near Waldport on the Alsea River.  It’s one of the places they have the free fishing day for kids in early June.

http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=92

Gotta do it!

I didn’t know I had an addiction…

Alsea River Snowman
Alsea River Snowman

…until I came back in the house and announced I’d “built a snowman!”

Snow-Fisherman
Snow-Fisherman

…and Don said, “When has it snowed and you haven’t built a snowman?”

That’s when reality hit me!  I don’t need a 12-step program for this addiction though.  Or am I in denial?   But it’s pretty harmless; unless you think I’ve modeled it after you and you don’t like it.

Look like anyone you know?

Alsea River Snowman
Watching for Steelhead

I haven’t seen such light, dry, snow since we left Utah.  I had a little bit of a challenged getting it to stick together in our sub-freezing temps.  Maybe the moisture from the ground helped.  Underneath layers have some apple leaves 🙂

Clearly I need to learn a new technique to build a snowman in Oregon that’s different from Utah snowman building.  It’s not that he is bent over from melting because our temps didn’t get above freezing.  I’m really not sure what is happening to him.  Maybe he’s just watching for steelhead?

Fall Creek – Chinook Run

Fall Creek is a tributary of the Alsea River.  A well-maintained gravel road is between mile markers 26 and 27 on the Alsea Highway 34. We’ve been checking Fall Creek, every couple weeks, for salmon but hadn’t seen any at the falls until this week.

Fall Creek Falls
Fall Creek Falls

 There’s a really nice research center about a half-mile further up the road.  They use workampers and other volunteers seasonally.

Fall Creek Chinook Run - 2013
Chinook on redds

But we just like to watch the salmon jump the falls.  We only saw one jump so we walked down the river to see how many we could find on redds.  “Redds” are the gravel beds where salmon lay their eggs.

Fall Creek Chinook Run - 2013
No fishing!

But we were mostly excited to see the size of these Chinook this year.  They are probably in the 30-40 lb range!

Fall Creek Chinook Run - 2013
Some are sore backs

“Sore Back” is a nickname given to the adult salmon that are dying.  As their bodies deteriorate, they turn white and look like sores.

Fall Creek Chinook Run - 2013
Pretty beat up

  They’ll tend their eggs until they die.

Salmon lesson for the day:  We never stop being a parent.