Spring salmon run nearing its peak on McKenzie, Middle Fork

The Lane County crabbing dock is on the south jetty of the Siuslaw River. A 30-mph wind had thinned the crowd on this day but the crabbing was good for the people who endured. Shad and other fish parts are always effective as is out-of-date chicken.

Let me start at the eastern edge of Lane County, high in the Cascades where late-season precipitation filled lakes and ponds all over northwest Oregon. 

It’s also where the early-summer fishing has really kicked in. Trout, kokanee, mackinaw and even . . .