Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Invasive Species

Invariably, I end up drawn into the whole "invasive species" debate with regard to carp. Recently, I couldn't avoid this thread on Westfly.

Catch and Release Carp?


Overall, a much more civil discussion than I usually run into on the web. My thoughts are pretty simple. Protect native fish wherever and whenever we can. I just don't see how we can eliminate invasives on systems like the Columbia or Willamette with any effectiveness at this point, and I don't like useless killing. Also, and more to my point on the thread, carp deserve the same respect as other, more glamorous invasive species. I get tired of the call to kill all carp, but save the smallmouth? Fish that prey directly on our native species (like smallies, largemouth, and walleye) impact our fishery as much, if not significantly more than carp. Mostly, I get tired of the attitude and ignorance of many people when it comes to carp. News flash folks...these fish ain't what your daddy told you!



Sunday, February 19, 2012


I turned to move upriver just in time to see a guy leap from the truck before the driver could even squeeze it into the tiny pullout already containing my jeep. He sprinted up the road to claim the head of the pool I was clearly walking towards. A second guy leapt from the truck before the engine turned off and he promptly low-holed my buddy Scott. I stood on the bank, stunned, with no where to go but back to my jeep. I climbed the bank as the driver of the truck got out and casually strung up his Spey rod.

"Any luck?" I asked with total sincerity despite having been completely cut out of the spot we had just been fishing.

"No, and some jerkoff bait fisherman just chased us out of the run we were fishing up river!" He snarled.

I looked at his truck...CA plates. Not that that mattered.

"Yeah, it happens" I said, then I broke down my rod and Scott and I went off in search of other waters.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


I don't get to fish stuff like this on my home waters. You gotta love lake MI carp.



Sunday, February 12, 2012

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Home Again

 Spent the past few days back home in Whitefish,MT.  As much as I love Portland, I do miss that place.  Great to see my parents, and sister Dani and her family. Will be home tomorrow, and hope to get out fishing soon!