Opps I meant Sunday. Me and Phil met up at 630am sunday to float the river and hopefully catch some steelhead. He had seen how well me and charlie did on Friday and wanted to go out again but he wanted to do the stretch we did, from the hatchery to Rogue Elk Park. He had never done it before and wanted just me in the boat so it would be lighter and easier to take the rapids. We made the float twice and both times werent too bad, the first time down we did wear life jackets though. We had a good time fishing, no catching though. We had two take downs and both didnt stick, the second one was only a half pounder we seen it come out of the water right before it came off. It was a good day of learning though for both of us.
Thanks again Phil! We’ll knock them dead next time.
Until next time… Tight Lines and be safe!
Thank God It’s Steehead. Friday I went fishing with Charlie Brown. Not the one your probably thinking of but Charlie “Steelhead” Brown of Southern Oregon. Charlie is the owner of Fishing the Rogue Guide Service. And I must say fishing with him is a blast. I got a call from him friday morning saying to meet him at Rogue Elk Park at 3pm out on the river where the boat ramp is. When we got to the hatchery boat ramp i seen Phil’s truck and trailer there and knew he would probably be anchored in his favorite hole and when we got down there i was right. We passed them by then floated to the next stretch and I seen a couple more guys i knew but were fishing from the bank, it was raining good so most of the guys out were hardcore and i knew most of them. We got down past the slide hole, which is one of the last holes bank anglers have public access too. Down past there the fishing got better for us because the pressure is way less, up higher it gets hammered from all the bankies. Probably around 430 we got into the first steelhead a bright chrome hatchery hen. It gave me a great fight, went all the way down then stopped at the rapid and i reeled her back up so Charlie could net the beauty.
It felt great getting that fish. My first steelhead in about 5-6 weeks. The last one came on Valentines Day. But this was probably my most bright fish so far this year ( the brighter they are the better the meat they will have) That 27inch chromer was the best tasting steelhead iv had yet. Not long after catching that one we were plugging the river coming up on a rapid so i grabbed the rod and started bringing it in when a steelhead slammed the plug, my friend charlie didnt beleive it at first that it was a fish. He pulled over and dropped anchor so i could fight the fish like we did last time. But this time the left oar hit a rock and popped out and started floating down the river while i was fighting a fish. These drift boat oars arnt cheap so charlie pulled his spare oar out and I tightened the drag on the reel so it would be a quick fight. We fought the fish on the run, floating down the river, we got it netted quickly and then we switched our attention to finding the oar. We spotted it in the middle of the river then it ended up getting stuck in a eddy for a little bit and we eventually got it when it came out of the eddy. After i tagged that 28inch hen we only fished one more hole with one rod because i was limited out and couldnt fish anymore. We wound up getting one last take down on a plug but it didnt stick seemed like a good strike too.
Wound up being an awesome short day on the river. Got my first limit of steelhead and my first fish on a plug, also was my first time using baitcasting set ups. I suggest if you want a good day on the river and want to learn alot, and be put on the fish. Get a hold of Charlie! He’s a great guy and an awesome guide. He has more white water experience then he does steelhead experience so you will be more then comfortable going down all the rapids on the river. And he even has a propane heater in the front! Make sure you check out his website and if your interested in a trip make sure you let him know soon. It’s almost time for spring salmon, and winter steelhead is great right now! FishingTheRogue.com
Thanks for reading and Tight Lines!
Being a member of online fishing forums sometimes pays off with open seats on boats. This is really awesome because my boat has only been in still water so far. So any time i can get the chance to fish from a boat i take it! Wednesday was actually the first time iv fished from a drift boat. Phil Tripp aka Phil_Bud on the Oregon Fishing Forum offered me a seat on his really nice Fish Rite drift boat and we met up at 630am at the boat ramp. His buddy Kenji had drove up the day prior from California a few hours away to hang out and fish during spring break. We got to hole below the hatchery called corner pocket or sandy bottom im not sure what it is lol. Anyways Phil started out with his fly rod and not long after we got there he hooked up with a real nice steely, but the fight only lasted about 8 seconds before it broke him off, but by the bend in the rod it looked like a fatty. Not long after that Kenji hooked up with a half pounder steelhead on a spoon and released him. Then we fished for a long while before hooking up again, it wasnt until about 430pm. We were anchored up pulling plugs from the same hole but we only had one rod in the water at the time. About 20 minutes prior we had spotted a beaver so Kenji was looking for it and Phil was eating sardines so when the take down happened i was the only one watching the rod and shouted out “fish on!, fish on!” and then Kenji grabbed the rod and the fight was on! Phil brings two video cameras every time he fishes so not long after the fight started i started filming it and Phil got in the water so he could net it. So watch the video and experience it. Also watch Phil’s other videos on youtube he has some great videos, some even have the take down on film which is awesome.
Phil and I didnt catch any fish that day but even if we did we still wouldnt of had as much fun as watching Kenji catch his biggest fish ever, probably most beautiful fish ever too. I want to thank Phil again for taking me fishing. I had an absolute blast fishing with you two. Thanks to my readers as well id also like to thank the fish and the great state we live in! Tight Lines!
And the winner is.… drum roll…. Mike Redding! The random number generator makes this so easy to pick the winner. Now ill post all the submissions starting with the winners. Thanks to every one who enterered and keep checking back for my contests among other cool stuff.
I’m in a giving mood and i have a bag full of Pop-A-Top Yarn. So that means im doing my 3rd contest on this here blog! Rules are simple. Leave a comment with a link to a photo of the most beautiful fish you’ve caught to date. Dead Or Alive, I don’t care. Ill use the random number generator once again to choose the winner. And the winner will receive three packages of the finest quality yarn made in the great state of Oregon. Ill be the first one to enter just so i can show off a beautiful trout i caught last year on the Upper Fork of the Rogue River above Lost Creek Lake. I’m thinking about taking all the entry photos and putting them all into a future post. So if you dont want your picture in a future post on this blog just let me know.
Winner will be announced Saturday morning.
Thanks to to Pop-A-Top Yarn and thanks to the readers! Tight Lines
There are alot of differnt gimmicks in the fishing tackle industry to try to lure the fishermen in. I personally think UV is one the things out there like that. Who knows though right. I think Kokanee fishermen have had success with UV and glow in the dark products but they are fishing much deeper then UV products for Salmon and Steelhead in rivers. So with that said I’m doing my 2nd contest, this time it’s for some pink UV Steelhead Stalkers Yarn. It’s a small package, retails for $3.00 I’m not sure what variation of pink this was, the SS brand carries a variety of colors of the color pink. Kinda confusing if you ask me lol. So if you would like to win this unique piece of fishing tackle, made here in Oregon, just leave a comment on here about your thoughts on UV in the fishing industry.
Now you’ve seen Bigfoot and UV yarn. Just a FYI the yarn was bought at the sportsman show a few weeks back. Its quite rare actually kinda like the furry guy 😀
Good Luck and Tight Lines! The next giveaway will be much better guaranteed!
winner will be announced on the 19th Saturday morning
Before i get to the fishing reports I want to announce the new page on my blog. The new page is dedicated to my friends who make youtube fishing videos. So if you got some time and want to see some cool videos check out the new page! It’s at the top titled “YOUTUBE FRIENDS” enjoy!
Saturday i had some shopping to do at Big R in White City, needed to spool up my new reel and get some fishing supplies. After shopping i decided to do some bass fishing at the pond located behind the store. I had never been there, you can see part of the pond from the road and until i got to the pond i had no idea how big it really was.
As you can see the pond is a really nice sized one. I dont know how the bass fishing is there, as i think it was too cold. Also bank access is very limited, which means im gonna have to bring my pontoon. I didnt fish for very long did more exploring, and after i got my brand new buzz bait stuck in a tree i didnt feel like doing much fishing. Gonna have to come back in the spring.
The next day i met up with Colby Pearson at the Expo ponds to do some bass fishing. We’ve been getting rain lately so the river is really high and brown, so thats’s why i ended up at these ponds if anyone was wondering. At the pond i got a strikes on my first two casts with my 5″ yum dinger bass worm. I told Colby and he said it was probably the trout hitting it. Before i came to the pond i had stopped at Sportsmans Wharehouse, and i bought a few things including my two rod license. So i rigged up my Ultra Light rod with a worm i found the night before after it rained. I put a simple rig on, 2 split shots about 2 feet above a treble hook that held the worm. Caught my first trout not too long after, and since it was gut hooked i kept it. Not too long after that i put away the bass worm and put on a Wyld Edge Berzerker Spinner, Cutthroat color in size three, 1/8 oz. First cast hooked up with a nice little feisty stocked rainbow trout. I kept that spinner on for the rest of the time i was there. Caught countless trout on it. Only kept the fish i was catching with my worm on the UL rod, since most were gut hooked. After my 5th trout, i just used my spinner and let the wind drift me back to where I put in at. Called it a day not too long before dark, was a much needed day of catching, getting skunked day after day at the river can take a toll on you. I got some confidence in me and ill be ready to slay the steelhead midweek, after all steelhead are only big rainbow trout that went to sea and came back. It was also my first time using Wyld Edge spinners in still water, and the one spinner i did use this day worked marvelously! The single hook was great as it was much easier to release the fish with, and i released alot of fish that day. Your gonna have a hard time finding a better trout spinner for 2.50 in my opinion. Small local company from Bend Oregon, i know i like spending my money locally so make sure you guy’s check their stuff out! One last thing i almost forgot to add. Colby made a video that day a hour or so before i got there, so you can kinda get a feel on how the fishing was through video. Check it out here Stocker Trout Mania.
Until next time… Tight Lines!
That’s right im doing my first ever contest, give-a-way, what ever you want to call it. Iv got some spinners from Wyld Edge Outfitters to test and review on my blog. But i figured id let a lucky reader or two get to fish with one of these cool Oregon made spinners. The rules are simple for this contest. All you got to do is leave a comment saying what your favorite outdoor blog is and leave the address. That easy! Ill use the random number generator to choose the winner Sunday night. One more rule for you bloggers, you cant name your own blog 🙂
The first spinner im giving away is a Black Stone Fly 1/16 oz. size #1 trout spinner. You only have 3 days to enter your submission so hurry up!
Sunday the 20th. I only fished for about two hours mostly because my waders were wet and i had to use my old hip waders and they were actually still moist from when i took a dip over ten days before when i caught the one that got away. The only thing i caught besides some twigs was the two weighted fly set up i lost the day prior on a snag. When using these big spoons im trying to run them as close to the bottom as possible. So the the treble hooks usually end up snagging up other peoples gear or in this case my old gear.
Monday the 21st. It was such a beatiful day i didnt even take any pictures because if i did i doubt any of you would believe that its winter in Oregon. Winter Steelhead fishing in a tee shirt doesnt get much better, well hooking a fish would make it better, but that’s just icing on the cake. Wasn’t a bad other then when i fell in the water. When fishing the river iv learned you cant take your focus off of anything, unless u want to get snagged or take a dip in the water. I was snagged up so what i do when that happens is, i walk to shore then i walk toward the snag. This time as i was walking back to shore some one was walking through and decided to ask me how i was doing. Well right after he asked that, i slipped and fell in while i had spectators watching, the guy on shore, and three people on a drift that wasn’t too far away. One of the guys in the boat actually yelled when i fell, at least some one got some excitement out of it. Luckily I had decided to bring extra cloths this day so i went to my car and changed cloths so i got to fish out the rest of the day.
Tuesday the 22nd. The day before i got a call from Big R saying my shipment of all brass spoons had arrived. Last week i was in their store and had mentioned to their employees that what i wanted was out of stock. So he looked up the inventory and found out their Redmond store had ten of the spoons i wanted and he ordered them for me! Id like to let you all know iv been reading two fishing books lately, the first was Bill Herzog’s book on Spoon fishing, the second book is Jed Davis’s book on Spinner fishing. Pretty soon ill write reviews for these books on my blog. In Jed’s book he mentions that when fishing the river you need to have about 8-10 of the same lure that your really confident in. That way when your fishing your not fishing to save the lures but fishing the way you should be. Because when fishing the river if your not losing a few lures each trip your not fishing the right way, the fish are gonna be at the bottom of the river so that’s where your lure should be. On this day i arrived to the river around 230pm and this day sure felt like winter, cold and windy! I fished by myself for most of the time, then my sisters boyfriend came down with my nephew around 5pm and we fished until it got dark out. The first thing my friend Louis said when got to where i was fishing was “Damn! it feels like its 5 degrees out here!” That didn’t surprise me because he’s mostly a bass fisherman, and bass bite during the spring/summer when the weather is nice. I didnt catch anything other then a size 15 Panther Martin, which happen to be Louis’s spinner that he had lost about two weeks prior. Wasn’t a bad day at the river. I’m really glad March is almost here. They say March is when the steelhead fishing is on fire on the stretch of the river iv been fishing at. Tight Lines!
I had some some stuff to do this morning so i didnt get to the Rogue River until after 330pm. The water was much clearer then the day before and the water was a little lower. I fished spoons most of the time, and even tried some weighted flies i found in the river last week. I put the flies on because i was watching so many trout or smolts rise up and eat bugs off the surface. At one point i was watching a little bug float by in the river then next thing you know a trout comes up and eats it!! All while i watched, very cool! After about an hour of fishing i got hung up with my spoon, which is very common. So i waded down stream to try to get a better angle at the snag. And i slipped once again on the rocks and took a plunge into the cold water. Called it a day after that, i was soaked! No pictures, didnt feel like taking any after i got all wet. Until next time… Tight Lines!
Wednesday i got to the river and it was brown and high. I stood there in the water for a minute or two trying to decide what i should to. Fish the choclate milk water? Walk back to the car and drive up the river and try find clear water? I decided to pick up some of the trash that had floated down with the high water. I went to some of the holes i dont fish and found a plastic bag and began to pick up mostly mono and ciggaretee butts but there was plenty of other trash too. I picked up crap for about an hour and deicided to tie on my biggest spoon and give it a go. I only tried for 15-20 mintues, it was hard getting it to the bottom. So then i left, with a bag full of trash, two cool pieces of wood that had drifted up on the bank and a neat looking rock that i think might be petrified wood.
Friday the water was much clearer but still had some color to it, also the water was still high. I fished for a few hours in the evening but had to leave 20 minutes before i wanted to. Becasue i slipped and fell in some shallow water and got really wet some how. Other then falling and getting wet wasnt a bad day at the river. Should be fishing good in a day or two or three 🙂 Tight Lines!
MEGA STEELHEAD POST!
So instead of doing three posts, im doing three reports into one post.
Friday the 11th: I got to Denman Wildlife right around 1pm and right after i got my waders on at my car, my friend Jeremy pulled up and he had his fishing buddy Joe with him, and Joe’s buddy Heath came along too, just to watch us fish and have a good time. Joe hooked a nice little hatchery steelhead on his first cast surprisingly. I brought my net this so time, so i got to use it right away. It was a wild spawned out summer steelhead that had one eye. It was probably swimming downstream on its way back to the ocean. But since it was over 24 inches Joe decided to keep it. No one else caught a steelhead that day but i caught plenty of prehistoric rock fish on the botttom of the river. Ended up losing more spoons then id like to remember. But overall wasnt a bad day at the river met some cool folks and i got to watch a steelhead get caught.
Sunday the 13th. I pulled up to the parking lot of Denman in the afternoon and noticed more cars then usual, so i was kinda hoping there wouldnt be a bunch of people fishing my favorite hole. I was surprised when i got to my hole that no one was fishing there. So i fished the hole with various spoons for about 3-4 hours before i felt that magic tug. This steelhead shot out of the water like a rocket right after taking my spoon. And shortly after was unhooked and on its way up the river to spawn. The only time this little wild steelhead was out of the water was the one it jumped, i took special care to keep the fish in the water while i released it, so no pictures of this fish. I fished with and talked to many anglers that day and no other steelhead were caught except for a boat that floated by they said they had some luck. Another great day was had and was topped off with a fish about 4 hours into it. Met alot of people and everyone has been really friendly and helpful. Sundays have been good the past 2 weeks.
Valentines Day. Monday i got a call from my friend Louis. He said he missed work and fished all morning at a few different spots along the river and had no luck. So when i got to his house to pick him up to go back to the river at around 3 in the afternoon, he had decided he was too tired to go back and give it another go at the river. Around that time i was contemplating whether i should go fishing or not, then i got a call from Jeremy saying that his son Aaron and his buddy Dillon were down there fishing. So i said my good byes and was on my way to the Rogue River at the Denman Wildlife area. So when i got there i only had a couple hours left of day light, so i cut off the spoon that was tied on and put on a chartreuse and silver spoon on that i thought might be good. I had made probably about five casts when i got a strike, and like the last couple steehead i hooked into this one was another acrobatic steelhead. The thing with spoons is when the fish hits it they really hit it. Unlike drift fishing where its hard to tell the differnce from a bite and tapping the bottom. Spoon fishing is either a snag or a fish, no mistaking the bite, at least this is my understanding of it from the little time iv been spoon fishing for steelhead. Aaron and Dillon ran over to where i was and had grabbed my net, and they waited for me to bring the fish over to them so they could net it. The fish got close to them probably about five times and each time when it close it would make a run and peel a bunch of line. Well finally Aaron was able to net it and i got to tag another fish! This one went for 7lbs and 2 oz, the length of this Wild Rogue River buck was 28 inches. After bleeding and tagging the fish i wasnt too excited to keep on fishing, did alot of talking with some other anglers that came by. Gave some pointers to Aaron and i let him use the spoon i caught the steelhead on. No one else caught a steelhead that i seen. Guess im starting to get either good at fishing spoons or really lucky, either way im a very happy guy. Tight Lines!
I have a few things i want to touch on. I tend to only post when i have a report, but once in awhile i got a non fishing report thats interesting enough to post 😀
First of all id like you all to know about Recycled Fish. Recycled Fish is the national non-profit organization of “anglers living a Lifestyle of Stewardship both on and off the water, because Our Lifestyle Runs Downstream.” Its a great group of people and theyre doing some awesome things that i recommend you all check out! Also right now they’re having a contest where you can win a custom rod, all you gotta do is tell some one about Recycled Fish. How easy is that?!?! The contest ends in one day, so hurry up and enter. Enter the contest HERE
Secondly. Id like to inform you about a contest going on over at Abnormal Outdoors. It appears that each month Ben will hold a contest for stories that were reader submitted on his blog. A $10 Dicks Sporting Goods gift card is up for grabs. So go vote for the Bigfoot Sighting. Since my town doesnt have a Dicks, my plans are if i win to do a contest of my own on this here blog. VOTE HERE
Thirdly. Id like to do a Blogroll shout out. The first blog is a semi new blog and its chalk full of awesome stories and cool fish porn photos from Oregon to Alaska. The blog im talking about is the River Keeper. The Author of the blog Brad is a member of the Oregon Fishing Forum that im part of. He’s one of the most colorful people that are on there and also one on the most knowledgeable. Iv asked for advice a few times from him and hes shared some great info with me. I hope you all check his blog out and leave him some comments! http://riverkeeper1.blogspot.com/
Fourthly. Recently over at the Outdoor Blogger Network they had a writing prompt. They want to know if you had the chance to meet a fellow Outdoor Blogger who would it be and why. The first person would be Brad from over at the River Keeper. I know if i were to fish the river with him for one day id gain so much more info on how to fish flowing water then what i know right now. Plus it would be great time full of laughs im sure. The second person is the Outdoor Blogging godfather Mel from Blog Cabin Angler. Like many other bloggers out there Mel was my first follower, and you can always count on him for leaving some great comments. I know for a fact with out Mel the Outdoor Blogging community wouldnt be the same. Thanks for all you’ve done Mel, and if your ever in Oregon make sure you give me a holler so we can wet a line! The third and last person would be Mark from over at Northern California Trout. Marks been running an absolutely great blog for some time now. He runs his blog kinda like i do mine, mostly fishing reports and no nonsense. Mark mostly fishes for trout in his local ponds and lakes, but you can also find him at the rivers trying to catch steelhead and shad some times. He’s a great guy and id love to sit down at a lake and plunk some powerbait and toss spinners and share fishing stories with him.
Fifthly. If you’ve read my blog once or many times you have probably noticed that my blog is kind of based around pictures. Like in real life i dont usually have much to say. So i kinda let the photos tell the strory. So ill end this post with a picture i took yesterday February the 1st. Ill do a full report later and include more photos and the story. Thank you all for reading. Tight Lines!
Monday I got up and decided to fish the Rogue River in hopes of a Steelhead. The only fishable water right now that isnt too high and brown, is up in between Big Butte Creek and the fish hatchery, approximately 28 miles away from Medford where I live. I got to the Bridge hole around 10am and started tossing my spoons. Didnt hook anything but i snagged some ones old line and a gold little cleo was on the other end, score! I fished on a old bridge pillar for awhile before deciding go to up river and try a different hole. Before leaving that pillar though i took out a plastic grocery bag and started picking up all the worm containers a monofilament that was all over the hole i was at. I probably picked up atleast a couple thousands yards of mono and a dozen worm containers, but digging through all that trash i found another spoon and some hooks and swivels and also about a dollars worth of beer cans. I then walked up the river to the Cheif Hole. When i got there i heard some one from across the river yell ” is that you Thobbit Shane?” I yelled back it is I Throbbit Shane. Throbbit Shane is my screen name over at the Oregon Fishing Forum and also a few other websites. Shortly after I met Chad aka The Salmon Kid from OFF and his fishing buddy David, they’re nice kids and i look forward to seeing them on the river again. Me and david threw spinners at the Cheif Hole for awhile i even watched him throw a steelhead jig with no float. They took off after about a hour and i headed to my car not long after they left to go eat lunch. After eating lunch and listening to a little talk radio i drove up to the hatchery. There were about 6 fly anglers standing in the water, and before i got to the water i watched one land a real nice steelhead. I fished below them for a bit with spoons and jigs with out any luck, but the water was much shallower there. Around 4 i decided to try a different spot once again. Casey State Park was my destination, its below the bridge hole and also below where Big Butte Creek dumps into the Rogue River, so the river is a little brown there. I tromped around in the water there until dark tossing spoons. When it was starting to become a little difficult to see i began walking back to where my tackle was on shore and some how my digital camera jumped out of its case that was around my neck, the case was unfortunately unzipped, and luckily the camera didnt get swept down stream. I have the camera in a bowl of rice right now, the rice is supposed absorb the moisture. The photos were saved and im waiting to find out if the camera is ok. but other then that i had a great 7 hours on the river. tight lines!
Make sure you check out the Abnormal Outdoors Blog today. Ben, from Ben G. Outdoors, recently created this “Abnormal” blog and asked for viewer submissions. I thought something i had visited a couple times last year might be “Abnormal” enough for his blog. The big foot trap near Applegate Reservoir was what i thought might be interesting… Check it out!!! Ben did a great job. BIG FOOT SIGHTING
Recently over at the Outdoor Blogger Network, they did a outdoor photo prompt where you choose your favorite outdoor place (landscapes!). I gave it some thought and two places came to mind immediately, Lake Selmac and Applegate Lake. I know both of those lakes pretty well and still want to fish them more. But my choice is a place iv only been to once, you cant fish there because the water is way too hot. But a world class river lays 200 feet below it. Im talking about the North Umpqua Hot Springs. Days like yesterday and today when my local river is blown out makes me wish i lived closer to the hot springs. Sitting in those tubs last May was one of the most relaxing and peaceful times iv ever had.
A new report!!! I hadnt gone fishing since Dec. 5th and that was only for a hour or so, up in Eugene at a private pond for bass, it was too cold! Tuesday the 11th I needed to get out and do some fishing to get my mind off of the Ducks losing the National Championship. The day before I went to the department of fish and wildlife to turn in my blank 2010 steelhead/salmon tags and to get a key to the Denman Wildlife Area. The Denman Wildlife is a primarily hunting place for ducks and other birds, but there are also a bunch of warmwater ponds, and at the end of the dirt road is the Rogue River, right where Little Butte Creeks dumps in. Unfortunately my batteries died before i got to the river, but i did get some pictures of a couple helicopters doing some kind of practice, and one photo of a pond.
The photo above is one of the ponds, ill fish it this spring/summer for bass. I got down to the river around 230pm and started fishing spoons and jigs near little bute creek. I fished there for a bit and decided to move down the river, i have no idea how to read the water so i just kinda fished it all. At one point a steelhead ran up the river like a pissed off rocket, for a moment i thought i had hooked it with my spoon. I fished a few more different spots until i ended up where Denman Willdlife and Touville State Park meet. I fished there for about 15 minutes before i hooked into my first steelhead in over ten years!! The rod i was using was my dads from the early 90’s, a stiff red Abu Garcia and i had my drag set real tight so i just horsed it in. When i got my first look at and seen it had no fin that’s when i really got excited and walked up the beach and drug it up pretty far. Got my pocket knife out and cut the gills, made a few calls to brag. Then on my next cast i lost the Little Cleo spoon i was using, and for those wondering it was a 2/5 oz Mostly white with a little bit of red. While fishing I had no expectations of catching a steelhead, i primarily wanted to try out the new reel i bought recently a Shimano Symetre. And like the first time i took my pontoon boat out this past summer i had good luck!! A beatiful bright 5lb 26inch hatchery steelhead hen is whats for dinner tonight! It was a great day on the water topped off with a great fish. One thing that made it a even more specail day was i seen no one on the river except for a otter and some birds. Thanks for reading and tight lines to everyone!
Over at Just Fishing Tips they’re having a give-away. All you gotta do is write a new years resolution. Ill repost mine.
“Iv done a lot of thinking about resolutions and different techniques in fishing for some time now. Id to take up Fly fishing, mostly for the fact that alot of the fly only water is really beautiful around here. The North Umpqua has a 31 mile stretch of fly only, steelhead and salmon fishing is great there! One of my other goals is to catch my 2nd steelhead on one of my local rivers, the Rogue, or Applegate. The first Steelhead i caught was over ten years, me and my parents were drifting night crawlers in the summer. This time i plan on catching one on either a spoon, jig, or spinner. Other goals include, catching my first’s of brown trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, sturgeon, and maybe even a spring chinook.”
Well i accomplished one my goals Tuesday. Ill do a report soon. If you would like to enter the contest I think you have a few more days to do so.
Friday the 5th i fished “Fish” Lake. When i got there it was a little windy and right then i remembered the anchor was left at home. A little extra rowing never hurt anyone, there were 2 other boats on the lake and one was rowing aswell. Since i couldnt still fish with power eggs off the bottom i decided to put some underneath a bobber, and with the other rod i used an assortment of lures. The fishing was slow, when i put my pontoon boat in at the boat ramp a older gentleman was taking his boat out and said he had got skunked. Well that didnt discourage me because i rarely get skunked especially when i target trout in a lake. Well after almost 2 hours with no bites and repeatedly switching spinners, i decided to tie on a Thomas Buoyant Lure, and after a few cast i got my first fish, a really nasty looking 10″ rainbow trout it had lots of parasites and stuff on it so back it went. After catching that fish i made a few more cast in the same area and decided to start rowing back to the part of the lake i launched from, i had drifted pretty far with the wind. While rowing i decided to put my rods out and do a little trolling, and i actually got a little landlocked salmon. First fish iv caught wile trolling since February when i trolled for Mackinaw at Crescent Lake. I ended up catching one more little landlocked salmon on the Thomas Buoyant lure before it got dark. Talked to the other boat that pulled out at dark and he was catching them on some fly i forget the name of and wedding rings, which is one lure i had on me that i didnt use. Another great day of chasing fish, hopefully next time out i remember the anchor.
Agate Lake is a little warm water lake only a few miles from where i live, and the past two falls they have stocked it with trout. Tuesday i fished for few hours, there was one other boat on the water and they were taking out when i put in, didnt look like they caught anything. I had Power eggs set up on my Ultra Light rod and with my other rod i used Senkos and Spinners. I fished for a few hours with no bites, then the sun set behind the hills and ALOT of fish started to surface. I’m pretty sure the fish were perch and sunfish, so i tied on steelhead jig (they are similar to a crappie jig with a bigger hook) and a bobber. I got a few hits on that but still no fish, yep skunked, i dont think i was the only one though the trout fishermen on the bank didnt do well either. And a report i seen from the next day was slow as well but they caught 1 trout between a couple people trolling. Thanks for stopping by and tight lines!!
My boat 😀
Friday i went back up to Hyatt Lake. This time the weather was much nicer and alot of the snow had melted in the two days since i was there last. I got out onto the lake around 2 in the afternoon, and threw out some powereggs and used a spinner on my other rod. It took me roughly 2 and a half hours to get my first fish, and i got it right when i was having thoughts of being skunked. I ended up catching two really nice rainbows on powereggs floated two feet off the bottom. Both trout came within 10 minutes of each other, it was real quiet other then a little bass that fought like a big trout, got him on a panther martin spinner. The wind was real calm and at times not there at all, which was great. I fished til dark, and so did the only other boat that was on the lake. Just a weird side note. The only other boat on the lake decided to fish right next to me for most of the time. Oh well i still had a good time. Tight Lines! and GO DUCKS!!
That is Mount Mcloughlin glowing in the background
Well Trout season is about to close at a few of my local lakes, Hyatt, Howard Prairie and Diamond. So Wednesday i went to Hyatt, i planned on going to Diamond but its over two hours away and its higher in elevation. I got out on the water around 230pm and on my 2nd cast with a panther martin i had a real nice rainbow on. The funny thing is, i wasnt even retrieving the spinner, i was looking down at my reel at a loop that was in it when i heard a nice fish jump and splash. Thats when i knew i had a fish on, it was a nice trout that i accidentally released had to be 17 inches. That was the only trout i caught on a spinner the whole day, caught a little LargeMouth Bass though on a Panther Martin. I caught 3 more nice sized rainbows on power eggs floated 18″ off the bottom before i got blown off the lake a little after 5 in the evening. I was anchored up and had waves splashing over my pontoons and i was getting a little wet, thats when i finally decide to pull anchor. I made it to shore and it started snowing sideways.
I got the bass right by the log sticking out there
Great way to keep the trout cold and fresh
Thanks for stopping by my blog! If you noticed the color scheme change iv done, its for my #1 ranked in the AP Oregon Ducks football squad.
***This is an old report from August I had started but didnt finish. So here you go!***
Friday the 30th I got my car back from the shop and wanted to take it on a little test drive, so i went up to the mountains to Hyatt Lake. Hyatt early in the year is good to great for rainbow trout. It opens on trout opener on the 4th Saturday of April every year, but some years its still covered in ice by then and not safe to fish on, and closes to fishing on October 31st. But this time of the year its hard to keep the Large Mouth Bass off what ever you use. This Lake used to hold some BIG bass but the past few years its been infested in small stunted bass, that are all the same size. Although my step sister Brandy caught a nice 3-4 pounder ealrlier this year its very rare, they’ve actually re-located over 5,000 of these little bass this year alone. Also this lake holds the un-offical state record Large Mouth bass record caught by Colby Pearson, read the story here. I met Colby earlier this year at the local expo ponds, and recently we’ve fished Lake Selmac together from our pontoons.
The Mountain in the background is Mount Mcloughlin by the way, just encase you’ve seen it on my blog before. I arrived to the lake around 4 in the afternoon. I fished for a few hours, before i got too cold (forgot my jacket). But i did mangage to catch ALOT of bass in that little amount of time. At one point i was getting a bite every cast and hooking up two thirds of the time, only manged to use one Yum Dinger worm the whole time too.
Another trip to Selmac was in order, but this time my buddy wanted to come along after hearing about the big bass i caught. This time i didnt get to be on the water at first light like the last two times, we arrived around 11am and we immediately started to inflate the pontoon and raft. My buddy had a hard time rowing his raft but after awhile he got the hang of it when he took the paddles off the oars, guess they wouldn’t clamp down. It took awhile to get the first bass to the boat, probably over an hour and half. I got my picture with this bass just in case it were the only one of the day. I also got to test out my new Berkley digital scale on the little guy, he weighed exactly 1 pound.
That isnt fog or clouds, its smoke from a nearby fire in the Illinois Valley, when we first got there it wasnt that bad but the wind must of shifted and brought it our way. Later on in the day the wind picked up the smoke again and the sky was blue again, kinda cool, unless the smoke bothers your breathing. After i caught that one it seemed that i would pick up a couple bass every hour. My friend started to get discouraged seeing me bringing them, but finally he got into one. I happen to look over at him in the raft and noticed his rod tip bending and asked ” You got one on?” he said “no its weeds” i knew better. So i rowed over to him and assisted him getting the hook out and took the picture of his first ever bass.
He ended up catching about 3 bass none of them big ones. I ended up with around 12 for the day, no big ones but two of them were over 2 pounds.
That one wiggled off the scale as i was trying to weigh him. The other one i didnt get a picture of, my friend was on the bank, but i did weigh it, 2lbs 7ounce. They both seemed to be the same size.
This was the last fish i caught, right before dark. I brought it up and thought it was the ugliest bass id ever seen, but then i realized it was was a catfish, a very slimy one. This is the first catfish iv caught in over 10 years. I got him on a 5inch Yum Dinger rubber worm. Was really surprising. All fish were catch and released. No real big ones but still a fun day on the water.
Thanks for reading and TIGHT LINES!!