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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Summer Chinook near Portland Oregon

As air temperatures rise and water levels begin to drop, the water of the Columbia River begin to turn a certain shade of green from the glacial runoff. Local anglers know this as summer time! A prime time of the year to catch a variety of species, including Shad, Salmon and Steelhead. Today I will be writing about fishing for Summer Chinooks in a creek near PDX.
Being a PDX local myself I don't like to commute a great distance from my home in Northeast Portland. The most I would drive to go fish is an hour.  This creek is within that range and provides me good quality fish almost every trip.
Standing at the hatchery bridge, I spotted a few big fish immediately. They were schooled up in the deeper, slow moving parts of the stream. This gave me a sense of what to look for in the water when spotting fish in the future. 

Lots of bright fish around and some medium looking fish too. Everyday we would walk down the stream into pools full of fresh Chinooks that were eager to eat a blue fox spinner or shrimps. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Mountain Whitefish

Lately I've been getting up the mountain and catching Whitefish. Lots of fun on a #5 fly rod. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Carp Fishing in Gresham

As spring approaches, the leaves are starting to grow back on trees, the waters are getting warmer, and the fish are becoming more active. One of my favorite places to visit is a small pond in Gresham. I've caught lots of common and mirror carp alike ranging from 1lb to pushing 12lbs.


Catching them is fairly simple. I've been using a size 6 octopus hook tied directly to my 6lb mono mainline. For bait I use regular white bread I buy for a couple dollars. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Random pics

Here is a decent largemouth I caught at Salish on a plastic worm dragged through weed beds.

 Jake with a sturgeon we caught out of Chinook landing on the bank with Sand Shrimp.


I've also been doing a lot of shad fishing lately at Bonneville dam. It is red hot. Might post a tutorial if I go again.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Oregon carp fishing -- hair rig

Recently I was at Salish ponds after school fishing for carp. It was my first trial with the hair rig using bread and I really found it more effective than just bread on the hook. I will post a tutorial on how to make a hair rig. Basically I used a small ball of whole grain bread below the hook with a two foot 4lb test leader and a small 1/4oz sliding weight. I placed my rig in a proven spot I saw carp tailing I'm earlier that day. 30 minutes later I caught this monster. 

Spring is here