Angler’s Log: April showers helped; drought remains

FRANK ARMENDARIZ / THE CHRONICLE - Orchard Point Marina on Fern Ridge Reservoir. April rain has nearly filled Fern Ridge and several other reservoirs in the Willamette Valley. With more wet weather in the forecast, the boating season in 2022 should be the best in several seasons.

The prospect of a year similar to last summer’s scorching heat has been drawing concerns from water managers, municipalities and irrigation districts – especially as it relates to the impact on recreation, wildlife, and fisheries. Last year was a hot, dry summer and it could likely be very hot again . . .