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Rainless days, 'cyclone bomb' sink fishing fortunes


December 5, 2019

Frank Armendariz/For The Chronicle

Lake Creek, a tributary of the Siuslaw River, was low and clear and cold last weekend – a scenario that is being repeated up and down the Oregon Coast.

The fact of the matter is, fish like stability. They thrive within a narrow range of water temperatures and oxygen content, and are easily affected by barometric pressure and other conditions – conditions that either limit or enhance their propagation, feeding patterns and tendency to "bite" when lured.

The unfortunate fact is that the historic stretch of dry fall weather – which saw 23 rainless, cold days in November, ending in what meteorologists called a "bomb cyclone" (also historic) – brought the lowest barometric pressure ever recorded for a November storm in Oregon.

The cyclone...

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