- Nov 3, 2009
- Dickie Prairie, Molalla
The Molalla is very close to Portland, and the little north fork Santiam is very close to Salem, both have high population densities, and both rivers recieve strays in fair numbers.
the wild fish population has been going down for years,they stock the hell out of the upper portion of the river with hot dog sized trout and the lower river they stock tons of steelhead,,,theres only so much habitat and food for the fish.......I haven't fished the McKenzie for trout for a few years, but everytime we fish for steelhead or salmon we catch tons of trout. Usually steelhead/salmon are beneficial to trout. What has happened to the trout population there? Seems as strong as ever to me, but I only fish it 2-3 times a year.
agreed. trout are important too you know.
I have heard the stories about the mo during the "planted" years.
yah.... complete 3 ring circus with nets, and everything.
The Molalla is just about to get a designation as "wild and scenic". If you have ever been up there during the summer months, then you will agree with the "wild" but "scenic"??? There are times when i have taken full trash bags of cans, bottles, paper, etc out of the fishing hole BEFORE i can fish it...
Start putting planters back in and publicizing the events, you are going to get a LOAD more people, a LOAD more trash, and a LOAD more problems..
The best way to improve this river is not to stock it with inferior genes but to remove the REAL problem... the NON NATIVE BASS!!!