Sharks…

                              

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of helping one of my grandchildren with a school project.  What was great about this project and also made it more interesting for me, was the fact that it was based on a type of fish we find swimming in the oceans of the world.  Although it is not a fish like that of a bass, trout, or even a tuna it is by far one of the most fascinating creatures that lives in any body of water.  If you guessed Shark you are absolutely right!!  Helping my grandson Grant with his project even taught me some fascinating facts that I didn’t really know up until now!  So I thought I would dedicate this post to the hard work that Grant did for this project and also to promote the fact that spending time with a child helping to grow whatever interest may be festering inside them is priceless.  With Grant the fact that he too is interested in fish opens up a bonding that hopefully we can share together and will allow me to teach him all I know when it comes to the waters that fish live in as well as about different fish themselves.

The first interesting fact we learned is that Sharks can have shark babies also known as pups in a couple different ways.  How sharks have their babies differs on what type of shark it is.. Some sharks can have 1-100 shark pups if they lay their eggs and the sharks hatch outside of the mother.  Other sharks keep their eggs inside and the shark pups hatch inside their mothers and then are delivered.  One thing that is the same for both however is that sharks do not care for their babies after they are born.  Instead they find a safe place and either lay their eggs or leave the newly delivered shark babies to fend for themselves.

The next interesting fact that Grant and I learned was that sharks use ⅔ thirds of their brains for smell.  Because they have such a heightened sense of smell they are one of the ocean’s top predators.  However although sharks are dangerous and we do hear of shark attacks happening, there are only about 100 that happen every year.  Only 10 of those result in the death of a human.  

Sharks often eat alone and even will sometimes eat other sharks!  They can go through and use up to 20,000 teeth in their lifetime.  They also are the only animal or mammal for that matter on the planet that both the upper and lower jaws move.  They have the most powerful jaws around and the size and shape of their teeth depend on the type of shark they are.

 

There are so many more interesting facts I could share with you about sharks, Grant and I learned a lot. I think I may have had a better time then he did with his school report.  Fish and grandchildren, you ask me it doesn’t get much better then that. Willamette let you go…lol, until next time my friends!

4 Common Diseases Found In Fish

With fishing season here and all the fish to be caught it is important to educate yourself on potential diseases or parasites your catch may have.  What should you do if your fish has a disease?  Is it still safe to eat? What should you do to help prevent the spread of the disease?  These are all very viable questions that are asked regarding these diseased fish.  I have compiled a list of 4 common diseases found among game fish and what the side effects and precautions are when it comes to them..

Lymphosarcoma- This is a viral disease that is passed between fish through physical contact.  It appears as cauliflower like growths that may be grayish white or blood red. In severe cases of infection it is fatal.  However many fish live with the disease making it a possibility that they will be caught by anglers.  Experts are on the fence about whether it is safe to eat these diseased fish.  They are not sure what the effects would be on humans and recommend that you do not consume it.  Mainly this disease is found in Northern Pike or Muskie.

Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia(VHS)- This viral disease has such a long name it is most commonly referred to as VHS.  It affects a wide variety of fish types, a few being white bass, common carp, rock bass.  Because it is so easily spread it can cause a mass fatality among fish.  It is spread when fish change and move through different bodies of water. It is seen in fish as hemorrhages from the eyes, skin, and fin.  But it also is very common to have internal bleeding which can not be seen with the eye.  Although it sounds awful experts say that eating a fish with this disease has no effect on humans what so ever and it safe to eat. 

Lymphocystis- This is another viral infection and affects a wide variety of both fresh and saltwater swimmers.  It can cause severe infections in fish which causes organ damage and is fatal.  However most fish survive and live with symptoms that include, warts or a fungus like growth on their skin.  It is prime time right now to find this disease in waters because the peak time of infection is late winter, early spring.  Although experts say it is safe to eat they recommend cooking it thoroughly before consumption.

Bass Tapeworm- By far one of the most disgusting of parasites, this tapeworm is found in both Large and Small Mouthed Bass.  It is horrific the way this nasty parasite can spread, which is through the infected fishes waste products.  Where it is developed in crustaceans and other fish it is only able to fully develop when introduced to the Bass. The tapeworms fester inside and can cause a pot belly like appearance on the fish.  In severe cases the worms can damage the fish’s reproductive organs, spleen and liver which eventually kills them.  Experts say it is safe to eat when cooked thoroughly, but I don’t know how many of us would be able to get past the worms that live within the fish.  

In general it is common to come across a diseased fish.  However we just urge you to be safe when handling them, making sure to either cook them thoroughly, clean infected areas and surfaces, or stay away from consuming the fish in general.  Is is always best to be as knowledgeable as possible when it comes to these diseases, as to not cause harm to you or the people you may share your catch with.  As always we wish you happy and fruitful fishing season! If you should be fishing around in Willamette Valley stop in and see us!

 

Solar Powered Boats!

Fishing season has begun, with the center of this exhilarating time just around the corner.  With this comes our annual fishing weekend that my fellow fishing buddies and I organize every year.  It is a weekend filled with fishermen, cabins, guy talk, and some of the most fantastic fishing ever.  Really it is an enjoyable time for all of us to get away from the repetitiveness of life and work and really get out and enjoy some fishing.  This year a fellow fishing buddy of mine came  with a new strategy to power our boat. We not only will be lowering our fuel usage, we will also be causing less pollution in our waters and to our fish! A little savings in the pocketbook  doesn’t hurt either!  Paul, is a friend of mine who lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.  There he has a successful solar power company, solarpowerbigisland.com, and has come up with a solar strategy to help power our boat!  At first we all thought he was a bit crazy, however in his words “ If a car can be solar powered why can’t a boat!” He shared his designs with us all and even has created his own solar powered boat on the Big Island where he lives!  While you do need to use some gas, the amount of fuel you are saving and thus not adding to the pristine waters is incredible.  

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5 Best Trout Flies

 

Now that we have gotten the nitty gritty out of the way regarding Rules and Regulations, let’s get back to fishing!  Being that the lakes and such are being stocked with trout, and artificial flies are only allowed in some areas, I thought it would be nice to share the 5 best flies for trout fishing.  Now this is the stuff I really like to write about!

1.Elk Hair Caddis- These babies are the the top flies when it comes to trout fishing.  Because of their realistic appearance trouts tend to fall for these dry flies every single time.  Elk Hair flies are also the most popularly sold flies in fishing shops because of the effect they have on trout.  With one of these you are sure to catch you some fish!!

2.Parachute Adams- Another dry fly this one resembles many insects.  Because of the comparison it enables those using this type of fly to successfully hook trout on the surface!  It’s the #1 competitor to the Elk Hair

3.Woolly Bugger- Just like the Parachute Adams can hook a trout on the surface, this “little bugger”  does wonders below the surface.  With its colorful beads and different colors it is seen by trout as underwater prey such as leeches ensuring that you hook the hungry fish.

4.Crayfish- This fly is a type of wet fly.  Because Crayfish are found in both salt and fresh water it is a versatile fly.  If used to your utmost benefit trout and other fish often see it as prey and can evoke an attack which leads to your hooking of the fish.

5.San Juan Worm- The bright red color and the fact that it actually looks like a worm, fools trout all the time.  Although most anglers tend to forget about this simple fly it can work wonders when you are having an off day and no other flies seem to be working.

 

While these are 5 of the best out there there are so many different artificial flies to choose from.  That being said i’d stock up on some of the best to ensure you get a catch, but I also encourage you to try some of the others ones available.  It is all about personal preference and what works best for you.

Fishing Rules & Regulations

With fishing season come the rules and regulations provided by Fish and Wildlife Services.  It is always important to follow the guidelines and rules established to ensure that our rivers, lakes and reservoirs are not abused and that fish may tend to thrive and be available for fishing.  When people abuse the abundance of the fish inhabiting the lakes, ponds, rivers etc, you begin to mess with a delicate ecosystem that has to be controlled and protected.  It is important not to over fish and waste the precious balance that Fish and Wildlife experts take pride and concern in maintaining.  This all being said we have compiled a list of different rules and regulations that are enforced here in Willamette Valley.  With the beginning of this fishing season we want to ensure for a productive and successful season with fishermen alike leaving happy and with their share of fish.  

As of February 1st, 2017 the use of barbed hooks is only allowed while fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout in the Willamette River.  Starting downstream from Willamette Falls and continuing into Multnomah Channel, Gilbert River and the lower Clackamas River.  As of last week Alton Baker Canal was stocked with 1600 one-pound trout.  Cottage Grove Ponds was also stocked with the same amount of Trout last week and will again be restocked with that amount this week.  

Another key point to be aware of is that two rods per person may only be used in ponds, lakes, and reservoirs while standing on land.  They are never allowed in boats, or in any of the rivers.  

For those of you that will fish all year round if able to Coast Fork Willamette River is open for fishing all year as of Nov. 1st.  However another important guideline to be aware of and maintain is that anglers may only use artificial flies and lures.  As well as only five Hatchery Trout, and two Wild Trout may be taken by an individual each day.  Re stocking of this year round favorite fishing spot will be done in April.

While these are a few of the guidelines and rules in place it is very important to know all the rules and regulations before setting out on your fishing adventure.  Please be respectful to all of our ponds and rivers, as well as others fishing in them.  If we maintain our wildlife and do not become over zealous or wasteful we will all be able to enjoy the great experience of fishing in Willamette Valley’s many bodies of pristine fishing waters.

Best Fishing Boat Upgrades 2017

The 2017 fishing season in Willamette Valley is lining up to be a great one. If you are planning to be on the water this season we wanted to provide some boat gear recommendations that could make all the difference this fishing season. Just getting out to the water is all that matters, but for those who are looking to go all out this year here are some of our recommendations when it comes to boat gear.

Bimini Tops / Shades – Regardless if it’s overcast or not, boat shades are at the top of our list because they ensure safety and comfort from the sun while fishing in Willamette Valley. There are a variety of colors, shapes, and brands, but this is something we highly suggest if you plan on putting in some hours this year on the river. Aside from protecting the passengers shades will also reduce sun damage to equipment the top side of your boat.

Boat Covers – Boat covers are a great way to get increase the longevity of your boats paint job, and prevent any premature damage to seats, and other devices on your boat. They also help to keep things on board organized and protected when traveling and stored.

Boat wraps – Vinyl boat wraps are another great way to protect your boat from sun damage and protect the life of your paint. You can simply opt for a color and easily change the exterior color of your boat, or add any custom graphic your heart desires. They are reasonably priced and have a great life expectancy making them a great alternative to paint. If you are unfamiliar with boat vinyl wraps check out this site.

Yeti Cooler – This is nothing new to most avid fishers but it deserves to be on the list year after year because it is quintessential gear. Any cooler works, but there is nothing like a Yeti! Continue reading “Best Fishing Boat Upgrades 2017”

Get Your Gear Right

Make sure you have the right gear and the right expectations for this years fishing season. Know what you are trying to catch and make sure you have the proper equipment for your next fishing trip. Details regarding this years fishing season can be found at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/rr/willamette/.

Every fishing season is a little different based on stocking, weather and other factors.  Continuously check the Oregon state website to discover what fish are currently recommended.

Get Out & Fish!

Willamette Valley

Welcome to our website!  If you are visiting us it means you probably like bass fishing as well, or just fishing in general.  Willamette Valley definitely has some great Bass fishing, but before we get into that how about a little history on this treasure filled Valley.  Willamette Valley is a 150 mile long valley, extending the length of Oregon from North Portland all the way to South Eugene.  Because of the Valley’s expansive distance it also is home to most of Oregon’s population.  Once in Willamette Valley you will see the impressive Willamette River that flows through the length of the entire Valley.  Surrounding this beautiful river are three mountains, Cascade Mountain Range, Oregon Coast Range, and the Calapooya Mountains.  Because of the climate, river, and expansive land space the valley is a tremendous part of Oregon’s economy, and relies heavily on the profit from the agricultural industry that the valley provides.  With its rich soil and many waterways, an abundance of things are grown and harvested with in the Valley.  Known mostly for the 19,000 acres that accompany the wineries throughout the valley, it also produces a variety of berries and vegetables.  Supplying most of the United States with grass seeds, hazelnuts, and Christmas Trees!  Breweries throughout the states, also use the hops grown in the valley’s rich soil to make their craft beers.  

Of course we also have incredible bass fishing throughout the rivers, and reservoirs dotting the land.  With small mouth bass being the most common,  Fish and Wildlife biologists advise not to doubt the largemouth bass that can be found in the backwaters of these same masses of water.

Because of the climate and warmer waters fish, wildlife, and crops tend to thrive in this gorgeous Oregon territory.  Whether you want to explore the land, visit one of the many wineries, or come out bass fishing with us, Willamette is a region to be cherished, preserved, and respected.  

With many hospitable hotels, and private rentals available you are sure to enjoy a great weekend getaway filled with adventure and peaceful fun.  Bass fishing is a must because after all what will you eat while you drink the valleys wonderful wine.

 

Willamette Valley Nonnative Fish

Willamette Valley is home to a variety of nonnative fish from around the world. People from around the world have introduced nonnative fish which threaten indigenous fish populations who compete for the same food, and threaten the overall ecology of the willamette basin. Many of these fish have become over populated and widely fished in Willamette Valley.

Nonnative Fish

Bluegill

Pumpkinseed

Warmouth

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Willamette Valley Bass Club

Willamette Valley Bass Club is happy to be an advocate for new and experienced fisherman here in Oregon. With some of the best fishing in the nation we are glad to share our passion with other adventurists, and promote the age old sport of fishing. Whether you are new to fishing or a veteran, we are here as a resource and a fishing buddy.