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Dead spring Chinook wash ashore on Willamette River as waters warm

Discussion in 'Northwest Fishing' started by U201491, Jun 18, 2015.

  1. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    45alive South Douglas County- Orygun Well-Known Member

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    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Twenty five years ago, I was fishing for Springers at the confluence of the Willamette & Clackamas rivers when 100 or so Springers came floating down the river all at once.
    It seems that a high power electrical cable shorted out into the river up by the Oregon City Falls pulp mill and stunned the nearby salmon.
    All of the boats above me were shouting "Free fish, get a net ready."
    I had a 25 lb fish bump into my boat that I thought was dead, but it was wiggling a bit, so I grabbed it by the head & tail and waited to see if it would revive.
    The boat next to me wanted the fish, even though the Clackamas Sheriffs river patrol was heading our way, so I let it go and he drifted out of line and netted it down river a ways.
    I already had a nice fish and didn't want a violation fine, but that didn't stop the free for all going on all around me.
     
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  4. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've only been here since '83.....I guess the posters of ifish and the so-called reporter for Oregon Live haven't been here long, both probably from California recently! I remember the banks of the Willamette, and all the little back eddy's having dead salmon in varying stages of decay. Shorelines had numerous turkey vultures dining on salmon carcasses. Sturgeon fishermen in their boats collecting odorous salmon flesh from behind the docks just below the old Oregon City Bridge in mason jars for sturgeon fishing.

    Salmon live, and salmon die.

    Isn't there something else these folks can talk about to get the public in a foam?
     
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    45alive South Douglas County- Orygun Well-Known Member

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    Its ALL Propaganda ! Enviros :s0153::s0136:from Commiefornia :s0026: + Liberal's:s0077::s0076: :s0125: = :s0051::s0098:
     
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    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    There has not been this big of a die off for a damned long time. Yes they spawn and die and drift back down the river, but there is 75 deg water this early, so get off your know it all BS. Our salmon are important to us and this will affect the run 3 to 5 yrs down the road.
    Don't be such a Pompous A- )(&%&^%$#
     
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    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    No not this time. The water temp is killing them before they get to their spawning areas.
    The manipulation is they let too much water out of the dams too early with no snow pack this year. The rivers are literally too hot for the salmon to survive in or make it up river far enough to spawn.
     
  8. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    You know Taku, you give some good stuff to this forum, and sometimes your a dick.
     
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    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    As are you at times.
     
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    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well, that settles that then.
     
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    "No not this time. The water temp is killing them before they get to their spawning areas."

    The squaw fish and carp probably love it .:mad:
     
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    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I wonder how many of these dead fish are hatchery vs. native fish.