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Northwest Fishing Derbies Contracting, Expanding With Times

As organizers of a Thanksgiving-week-long steelhead derby are cancelling their event, fishing for different species is being added to a salmon series.

Signs of the times?

“We do think the inconsistency of the fish counts has had an impact on that,” Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director Kristin Kemak reportedly said about a recent decision to call off the Snake Clearwater Steelhead Derby, apparently for good.

DURING MUCH BETTER TIMES FOR BIG B-RUN STEELHEAD, INLAND NORTHWEST ANGLERS FLOCKED TO LEWISTON TO FISH IN THE THANKSGIVING-WEEK-LONG DERBY. (BRIAN LULL)

At one time, the event was billed as the “nation’s largest steelhead derby” and it attracted anglers from wide and far to catch B-runs that pushed towards the 20-pound mark.

“It was once a major fundraiser. Now the efforts we put in to host the event outweigh the financial benefit of doing so,” Kemak also said, according to Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune who broke the news.

TABLES AWAIT PARTICIPANTS IN 2013’S SNAKE CLEARWATER STEELHEAD DERBY, WHEN IT WAS SPONSORED BY A LEWISTON CHEVROLET DEALER. (BRIAN LULL)

Recent years have been tough on the event due to poor returns of steelhead up the Snake. That’s led managers to institute bag limit reductions, closures, reopeners, and 28-inch maximums to protect B-runs, typically larger than A-runs, which only spend a year in the salt.

This season there’s a blanket closure on all fishing for steelhead — even catch-and-release — on the Clearwater and Washington and Idaho’s Snake up to the Couse Creek boat launch in Hells Canyon. The B return is forecast to come in at just 4,500, including 1,700 unclipped fish, and is the lowest on record back through at least 1984, with less returning than hatchery broodstock goals and “no surplus to provide a fishery,” per IDFG.

Above Couse Creek the limit is one hatchery fish a day, 28 inches or less, with anglers required to stop after retaining it or a fall Chinook.

BRENDA BONFIELD OF CUSTOMWELD SPEAKS DURING 2013’S DERBY CEREMONIES. A POSTER BEHIND HER DESCRIBES THE DERBY AS THE “NATION’S LARGEST” FOR STEELHEAD. (BRIAN LULL)

The chamber of commerce instead plans to hold an outdoor cookoff on Saturday, Nov. 16, according to Barker.

Meanwhile, the Northwest Salmon Derby Series announced some “big news” yesterday, including a substantial expansion into the Beaver State.

We’re hitting the refresh button on 2020 series and it will be renamed the ‘Northwest Fishing Derby Series’ that will likely include a spring-time lingcod derby in Oregon and a kokanee-trout derby on Lake Chelan, plus a couple more additions,” Mark Yuasa of the Seattle-based Northwest Marine Trade Association wrote in his monthly newsletter.

Next year’s schedule already lists a pair of late March lingcod and rockfish derbies out of Charleston and Brookings, as well as the recently rejuvenated Slam’n Salmon Derby in the latter port.

The dozen and a half or so events in the series are typically run by local clubs, but entry into any one automatically puts your name in the hat for the derby series’ grand prize, a brand-new boat, with Yuasa announcing that 2020’s will be a KingFisher 2025 Hardtop.

The winner is traditionally drawn at the late September Everett Coho Derby and this year’s $75,000 boat-trailer-electronics package was won by Trevor Everitt.

The series, of which Northwest Sportsman is a sponsor, has also been victim to uncertain runs in recent years, with local sponsors having to call off the Edmonds and Everett events due to coho closures, and organizers of the Brewster derby unsure they could hold theirs — until nearly the last minute in the case of this year.

For those local fishing clubs, it hurts to lose key fundraisers.

With low fall Chinook runs expected on the Oregon Coast, the U Da Man Fishing Tournament decided to cancel their October salmon derby on Yaquina Bay back in June instead of pressure the run, even as doing so would “severely” deplete the organization’s funds to do other fish-friendly projects.

UDM still plans to raffle off a drift boat to try and raise money for those.

Undoubtedly as salmon and steelhead runs come out of the current downcycle, derbies will expand and new ones will come online, but for the moment, some are falling by the wayside while others are looking to embrace other species.

Yaquina Chinook Tourney Cancelled To Help Low Run; Boat Raffle Still On

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT

The Executive Board of the U Da Man Fishing Tournament (UDM) has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s fishing tournament that was scheduled for Saturday, October 12th.

CHINOOK CAUGHT DURING 2014’S U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT ON THE YAQUINA RIVER LAY ON A BED OF ICE. LAST YEAR ONLY ONE FISH WAS WEIGHED IN AND THIS YEAR, ORGANZERS ARE SCRUBBING THE EVENT BUT STILL PLAN TO RAFFLE OFF A DRIFT BOAT. (U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT)

Based on information presented by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) staff at a public meeting held on 05-29-2019, returning wild (non clipped) Chinook populations are forecast to be near historic lows on all Central Coast streams in Oregon, including the Yaquina River.

The Yaquina River has no hatchery or salmon enhancement programs. Nearly all Chinook harvested by sport anglers are non clipped.

ODFW is proposing regulations this year that would limit anglers to just one non clipped Chinook a day, with a total aggregate catch of five non clipped Chinook total for the central river zone rivers. The executive board members are confident that ODFW will implement these regulations and agree with ODFW’s decision to do so.

For the past 20 years, the UDM group has worked to protect and enhance the Salmon populations and habitat on the Yaquina River, supported by many community members and local businesses. Last year’s event saw 111 participants with only one Chinook salmon weighed for the winning prize.

While we are disappointed in having to cancel the October event, we feel it would be hypocritical of our group to hold the tournament and put even more pressure on the forecasted low returns of non clipped Chinook salmon.

UDM has purchased a new Willie Drift boat to raffle this year.  The boat will be on display and all tickets will be sold at Englund Marine and Industrial Supply in Newport beginning June 8th. The 17 foot drift boat package includes oars, anchor, 2 inflatable PFD’s and a galvanized Saxon trailer valued at $9950. Tickets cost $50 each and only 200 will be sold.  In lieu of the tournament, the winner will be announced at Englund Marine and Industrial Supply at 12 noon on October 12th.

Funds usually generated by the tournament and the raffle support our projects on the Yaquina River, which include the Port to Port River Clean Up, Coho Ho habitat enhancement, contributions to local schools for wildlife and outdoor projects as well as our scholarship awards to local graduating high school seniors who plan on continuing their education in fields such as marine biology, fisheries and related fields.

Without the monies generated by the tournament, our available funds will be severely depleted. UDM is a small group and a registered nonprofit 501c3. We hope that you will continue to support UDM in these efforts by purchasing raffle tickets.

Big Turnout, 4 Tons Of Trash Collected In Annual Yaquina River Cleanup

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT

On Saturday, April 20th, the U Da Man (UDM) Fishing Tournament, in conjunction with Oregon SOLVE, held its 3rd Annual Port to Port Yaquina River Clean Up.

This event is sponsored by the Ports of Newport and Toledo, Dahl Disposal of Toledo, Thompson’s Sanitary Service of Newport, JC Thriftway Market and Englund Marine & Industrial Supply of Newport.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE PORT TO PORT CLEANUP POSE WITH TRASH COLLECTED ALONG THE LOWER YAQUINA RIVER DURING LAST WEEKEND’S EVENT. (U DA MAN)

Fifty-two volunteers worked from boats and the road shoulders from the Port of Toledo airport boat launch starting at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This is the largest group of volunteers we have had for this event. Two 20-yard dumpsters were filled with an estimated 8,000 pounds of debris and trash by the end of the day.

Volunteers represented local community members, along with the many members of the Longview Hills Fishing Club, Central Coast Fly Fishers, students from the Newport and Toledo High Schools, Angell Job Corp, First United Methodist Church Youth Group of Corvallis, ODFW, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, Depoe Bay Salmon Enhancement, Oregon Hunters Association and Oregon SOLVE.

The UDM group wants to thank all the sponsors and volunteers who assisted us this year. We simply could not have this much impact on the Yaquina River habitat without all the people power and donations provided for this yearly event.

Yaquina Clean Up Organizers Looking For Vols, Boaters Ahead Of April Effort

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT

The U Da Man Fishing Tournament group announces the third annual Port to Port Yaquina River Clean Up on Saturday, April 20th,  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LAST YEAR’S PORT TO PORT CLEANUP OF THE LOWER YAQUINA RIVER COLLECTED A WHOPPING TWO AND A HALF TONS OF TRASH. (U DA MAN)

In conjunction with Oregon SOLVE, the U Da Man volunteer group will work from the Port of Toledo airport boat ramp on the South Bay Road.

Some volunteers will be shuttled by boat to sections of the river banks that are only accessible from the water.

(U DA MAN)

Other volunteers will pick up trash along both the sides of the river from the adjoining roadways.

Last year, volunteers collected an estimated 5000 pounds of trash. Volunteers should dress accordingly for the weather.

Work gloves and a light lunch with drinks will be provided by UDM.

(U DA MAN)

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday April 20th at the Toledo airport boat ramp.  If you would like to volunteer operation of your boat or work on foot, please contact Barb Dudley at (541) 272-7375 or Tom Simpson at (541) 351-0666.

This project is sponsored by the Ports of Toledo and Newport, Dahl Disposal, Thompsons Sanitary Service, Englund Marine & Industrial Supply,  Longview Hills Fishing Club and JC Sentry Market-Newport.

U Da Man Fishing Tournament is a group of volunteers dedicated the enhancement of the salmon population and the habitat of the Yaquina River.

U Da Man is a registered non profit (501c3 20-5379466). More info can be found on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/UDAMANFishingTournament

(U DA MAN)

 

‘Coho Ho’ Christmas Tree Recycling For Fish A No-go On Yaquina Over Parasite Fears

Organizers of an annual Christmas tree recycling event that places the yuletide decorations along Oregon’s Yaquina River for fish habitat have had to cancel it to prevent the possible spread of an invasive pest.

USED CHRISTMAS TREES HEAD DOWN THE DOCK TO A NEW PURPOSE IN A PAST YEAR’S RECYCLING EVENT. (U-DA-MAN)

“Some retailers in the Willamette Valley and other locations purchased Christmas trees from North Carolina this year that have been feared to be infected with the elongate hemlock scale parasite or its eggs,” explained Tom Simpson, secretary of the U Da Man Fishing Tournament.

The scheduled March 2 habitat project would have been the local group’s sixth annual “Coho Ho.”

The trees are placed on otherwise barren banks in tidewater to give outmigrating salmon refuge from predators.

“After researching the problem and hearing concerns from the Oregon Department of Forestry, the local watershed council, ODFW and others, our local group made the decision to cancel
this years project as we are unable to determine where and from what retailer the donated Christmas trees came from,” Simpson said.

He said his organization didn’t want to risk the coastal river’s habitat if the insect were to spread to the watershed’s conifers.

5,000 Pounds Of Trash Hauled Off Lower Yaquina River During Clean-up

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT

On Saturday, 04-21-2018, the U DA MAN (UDM) Fishing Tournament, in conjunction with Oregon SOLVE, performed a second clean up of the Yaquina River from the Port of Newport to the Port of Toledo.

(U DA MAN)

A total of 35 volunteers worked from six boats and on foot to reach areas along an approximate 12 mile stretch of the river.

(U DA MAN)

Five volunteer boats shuffled volunteers to areas not accessible from the roadways, while other volunteers on foot worked to clean up the banks adjacent to the roads.

(U DA MAN)

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office provided two marine deputies with a boat to act as our safety boat this year and the deputies also shuttled volunteers to locations where more help was needed.

(U DA MAN)

An estimated 5000 lbs of trash was collected in about a six hour period.

(U DA MAN)

The UDM group was assisted by volunteers from the Longview Hills Fishing Club, Newport High School Leadership Class, Angell Job Corp, Central Oregon Fly Fishers Club and the Oregon Hunters Association with additional generous support from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Newport’s Thriftway JC Market.  This is a recognized STEP project by ODFW.

(U DA MAN)

UDM would like to thank our sponsors, Dahl Disposal of Toledo, the Ports of Newport and Toledo and Englund Marine and Industrial Supply in Newport.

2nd Annual Port To Port Yaquina River Clean Up Coming Soon

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT ORGANIZERS

The U Da Man Fishing Tournament group announces the second annual Port to Port Yaquina River Clean Up on Saturday, April 21st, 9AM to 3PM.

VOLUNTEERS POSE WITH TRASH CLEANED OFF THE BANKS OF THE LOWER YAQUINA RIVER LAST SPRING. (U DA MAN)

In conjunction with Oregon SOLVE, the U Da Man volunteer group will work from the Port of Toledo airport boat ramp on the South Bay Road.  Some volunteers will be shuttled by boat to sections of the river banks that are only accessible from the water. Other volunteers will pick up trash along both the sides of the river from the adjoining roadways.  Last year, volunteers collected an estimated 3500 lbs of trash. Volunteers should dress accordingly for the weather, provide their own work gloves and lunches.

Volunteers will meet at 9 AM on Saturday April 21st at the Toledo airport boat ramp.  If you would like to volunteer operation of your boat or work on foot, please contact Barb Dudley at (541) 272-7375 or Tom Simpson at (541) 351-0666.

This project is sponsored by the Ports of Toledo and Newport, Dahl Disposal, Englund Marine Supply & Longview Hills Fishing Club.

Boaters Needed To Assist With Port To Port Clean-up On Yaquina

Organizers of a Yaquina Bay fishing derby will collect litter along the bay’s banks between Newport and Toledo next month, and are looking for boats and drivers to help access the shores.

The first-ever Port to Port River Clean-up is coming April 22, part of the U Da Man Fishing Tournament group’s efforts to improve habitat along the Yaquina River.

Tom Simpson, its secretary, says it’s the first organized clean-up of the river in years.

ORGANIZERS OF A CLEAN-UP OF THE BANKS OF THE LOWER YAQUINA RIVER IN LATE APRIL ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS WITH BOATS TO FERRY LITTER PICKERS TO SPOTS INACCESSIBLE FROM ROADWAYS. THIS PICTURE SHOWS U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT CREWS PLACING CHRISTMAS TREES FURTHER UPSTREAM, PART OF THE GROUP’S EFFORTS TO ENHANCE AND CLEAN SALMON HABITAT ON THE CENTRAL COAST SYSTEM. (U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT)

It will be held in conjunction with other such events held around Oregon on Earth Day, with assistance from SOLVE, both port districts, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Longview Hills Fishing Club, Dahl’s Disposal and Englund Marine.

Earlier this month, U Da Man volunteers placed used Christmas trees in the Yaquina further upstream to provide habitat for Chinook and coho smolts.

According to a press from release Simpson, those who have a boat and would like to help out are being asked to contact Steve Barham (541-563-3686; steve.w.barham@gmail.com) for more info.

For more on meeting points, hours and other details, see the SOLVE webpage for the event.