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rogerdodger

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I have heard nothing good. and nothing good at Siltcoos either (spent today there, 61F water but a late algae bloom and didn't see any big fish).
 

Markk

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That’s not what I wanted to hear. I am going to give the Siuslaw a go on Tuesday. Will report back.
 

hobster

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Slow! Rains this week should help. Been out twice and haven’t seen a nook hooked either time. Bobber and eggs of the bank. Hope you get one, good luck
 

Markk

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Released 2 coho, 1 by the million dollar motor homes and the other by the summer homes. Saw one Chinook lost at the boat and talked to a guide that was above the summer home that had 3.
 

rogerdodger

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Is the dam open on Siltcoos if not do you have any idea when?
the company that took over the dams at Siltcoos and Tahk appears to be operating them differently. instead of letting the water level go up, then cycling the dam way open and then closed, like in the past, they seem to be trying to open the spillways a bit and adjusting them to balance water coming in with water flowing out.

so yes, the dam has been opened, back in late September is what I heard, and the water level is currently what I would consider 'normal' (not high or low), but the dam being opened doesn't mean what it used to, IMO. If the storm hitting now provides a few inches of rain, I would expect further opening of the spillways and hopefully we will see lots of coho activity in the lake soon.
 

Markk

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the company that took over the dams at Siltcoos and Tahk appears to be operating them differently. instead of letting the water level go up, then cycling the dam way open and then closed, like in the past, they seem to be trying to open the spillways a bit and adjusting them to balance water coming in with water flowing out.

so yes, the dam has been opened, back in late September is what I heard, and the water level is currently what I would consider 'normal' (not high or low), but the dam being opened doesn't mean what it used to, IMO. If the storm hitting now provides a few inches of rain, I would expect further opening of the spillways and hopefully we will see lots of coho activity in the lake soon.
It will be interesting how the dams new operating procedure will affect the coho. Thanks for the info.
the company that took over the dams at Siltcoos and Tahk appears to be operating them differently. instead of letting the water level go up, then cycling the dam way open and then closed, like in the past, they seem to be trying to open the spillways a bit and adjusting them to balance water coming in with water flowing out.

so yes, the dam has been opened, back in late September is what I heard, and the water level is currently what I would consider 'normal' (not high or low), but the dam being opened doesn't mean what it used to, IMO. If the storm hitting now provides a few inches of rain, I would expect further opening of the spillways and hopefully we will see lots of coho activity in the lake soon.
It will be interesting how the dams new operating procedure will affect the coho. Thanks for the info.
the company that took over the dams at Siltcoos and Tahk appears to be operating them differently. instead of letting the water level go up, then cycling the dam way open and then closed, like in the past, they seem to be trying to open the spillways a bit and adjusting them to balance water coming in with water flowing out.

so yes, the dam has been opened, back in late September is what I heard, and the water level is currently what I would consider 'normal' (not high or low), but the dam being opened doesn't mean what it used to, IMO. If the storm hitting now provides a few inches of rain, I would expect further opening of the spillways and hopefully we will see lots of coho activity in the lake soon.
It will be interesting how the dams new operating procedure will affect the coho. Thanks for the info.
 

rogerdodger

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It will be interesting how the dams new operating procedure will affect the coho. Thanks for the info.
I think the coho will be just fine with it, they can use the fish ladder anytime they want, or pass through the dam when it is open enough.

If it reduces the big surges of coho that often followed a big change in the dam opening, that could make catching them a bit more difficult, for some.
 

Markk

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I think the coho will be just fine with it, they can use the fish ladder anytime they want, or pass through the dam when it is open enough.

If it reduces the big surges of coho that often followed a big change in the dam opening, that could make catching them a bit more difficult, for some.
I think if it does reduce the big surges it could be a good thing as the fish wouldn’t stack up outside the outlet making it more difficult on for the seals.
 

rogerdodger

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Siltcoos water level a bit higher Friday, we need more rain but they should be increasing the opening of the dam soon. probably. I did not see any coho activity in the river below the dam.
 

Markk

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Siltcoos water level a bit higher Friday, we need more rain but they should be increasing the opening of the dam soon. probably. I did not see any coho activity in the river below the dam.
Any updates on the dam and lake?
Thanks
 

rogerdodger

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dam opening was increased Sunday, river was flowing nicely, but no sign of coho in the river below the dam while we were there Sunday.

Pepper and I fished the west and north areas of the lake today, not many boats out fishing. We did find this 'little' guy while "spin/trolling" in about 3' of water. 28" buck just as bright as a dime.

Water level is up, they should be letting more out soon.

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hobster

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Thanks. I’ve used Cabelas reels and jigs and was highly disappointed but their rods have held up great. I have a handful and none have done me wrong. I dig em too
 
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Gary W

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OK we had a couple of days of rain has it brought any fish into Siltcooos, Tahackinish, or Tenmile. (Excuse my spelling.) Or is it too late in the year with lack of rain?
 

rogerdodger

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fresh coho are caught in the lakes right through the end of December, these fish don't have very far to go and often enter fresh water late. and these later coho can be BIG.

I'm looking to get out a couple of times over the Thanksgiving weekend. Well, just one more time if I'm successful. ;) (unfortunately, reports I have had for the fishing this month have not been great.)

one trick to finding success at Siltcoos is figuring out where the most coho are going to be and focusing there. between larger rain events, the fish often gather near the top of the spawning arms, in shallow water over the top of weed beds. A big rain event usually causes all these fish to shoot up into the creeks and out of reach. But if the rain event brings in new fish, they will be coming up the river, near the outlet, along the west shore, and moving through travel lanes in the lake towards the spawning arms for a few days, then often many are along the east shoreline, getting their bearings before turning N. or S. :cool:
 

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