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We are recent transplants from California to the beautiful Umpqua Valley. My wife and I enjoy hunting and fishing. When is the best time to fish for winter steelhead and salmon in the Southern Umpqua River?

I’m not too familiar with fishing the Umpqua. I’ve personally only fished it for smallmouth bass. But, as a general rule winter steelhead will be picking up in January and last through March. The salmon fishing will be winding down about now.

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on February 3rd, 2012 - Post Your Answer

Any suggestions on what I should stop and get pics of enroute to LaPine? What is great that direction this time of year?

Smith Rock is stunning, as are Dillon&Benham Falls on the Deschutes. Detour up Century Drive to view the snowy Cascades! Bend’s Drake Park is lovely this time of year. Trees with fall foliage by the river. Good excuse to grab lunch downtown, too.

My husband and I are planning to move to Oregon toward the end of next year. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what cities/towns are with in commuting distance of the Portland area?

Commuting distance is relative, of course. Much of close-in Portland is actually quite residential, so you could consider that. Nearby suburbs include Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Oregon City, etc. Like Rogue Ales says, traffic can be bear – but it really depends on your own tolerance for it. The Portland area has some good transit too, so the first three suburbs I mentioned, for example, there’s light rail into Portland.

Answered by Dave Strom on February 3rd, 2012 - Post Your Answer

I was recently planning a trip near Detroit, OR and was wondering if anyone could give me any info on different ski resorts nearby?

I must admit that I am very clumsy so skiing isn’t right up there on my list of things to do but I have to say…I love the snow and tubing. So, if you check out Hoodoo, they actually have anticipated the snow season beginning on Nov. 25th for skiing among other great snow activities.

They have a great Autoban Tubing Park and a great event on New Years Eve. Check out their link and Hoodoo is only about 35 miles from Detroit!

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When does the crabbing season start and when does it end?

The ocean crabbing season (the commercial season) is officially closed from Aug. 15 until around Dec. 1. In the fall they are likely to be light and stringy, as they fill in their new shells. By the winter, they are usually full and heavy. That being said, it is legal to crab in the bays and estuaries here year round. And I’ve seen people haul up quite a few, off the dock in September and October. I would wait to get your shellfish license, and first ask at the marina, to get the latest on bait, tides and the like. If the crabbing has been poor, then you won’t have wasted your money on licenses, traps, boat rental, etc. Good luck!

Answered by Niki Price on February 3rd, 2012 - Post Your Answer

Headed to Rockaway Beach. Any recommendations?

I always stop at the Morning Glory Cafe for baked goods and sandwiches. Also, you can stay at the Silver Sands Oceanfront Resort.

Answered by Niki Price on February 3rd, 2012 - Post Your Answer

My friend is fixing to get married in the next year or so, and she needs help finding a venue. I believe she wants it to be in Central Coastal Oregon. Ideas?

Tell your friend that she couldn’t have picked a better place to get hitched! Oregon is perfect! Check out some of these B & B wedding locations! If I had a larger group (100 or more) I would consider the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City. They have a banquet room that opens onto a sandy area right off the public beach (like getting married on the beach without all the walking) and great food and brews made on-site. On the quirkier side, my friend Kip Ward is starting a new event center in Lincoln City. It’s a former mortuary turned into a restaurant and event center — the working title is “The Eventuary.” Good luck!

Answered by Niki Price on February 3rd, 2012 - Post Your Answer

I’m looking for family friendly bike rides (paved) for my family when I go to Central Oregon later this month. I have an 8 & 10 year old, so nothing too strenuous for the little ones. A reward (read: ice cream & beer) nearby–all the better!

The Old Mill District has some great paved easy biking trails along the Deschutes with great views. They even rent bikes and surreys there. Nothing too long but that might suit your purposes! And there’s plenty of ice cream and beer nearby, as well as a movie theatre.

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We often travel as group couples that love to golf, gamble and wine taste, where’s a great place to do all that in Oregon?

There are several clusters of great golf, grape and gambling in Oregon. Eastern Oregon’s Wildhorse Resort & Casino has a fantastic course, gambling facility and just completed an expansion of full service accommodations for your stay. Just down the street are several world class wineries along the Washington/Oregon Columbia Valley region. Along the coast, there is Sandpines Golf Club, a top Golf Digest top public course adjacent to Three Rivers Casino & Hotel. You can play your ocean side golf then venture along 126 highway to multiple of South Willamette Valley wines for an afternoon of tasting.

Answered by Noel Lucky, Ask Oregon Golf Expert on February 2nd, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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