One of my newest traditions has been to go camping on my birthday or the weekend of it. It’s a great time of the year to camp, the seasons have definitely changed to fall with the colors and cooler temperatures. It is also around the time I switch over from bass to trout fishing, and in particular brown trout on this trip. Me and my friend arrived to the campground an hour or before sun down, which left us enough daylight to build our tents and to get a fire going.
We fished pretty hard Thursday. We both got skunked, but we were fishing in the bright sun and the water is really cold and clear so the fish were real spookish. We didn’t fish the morning or evening bite Thursday… another excuse for the skunking that day. We did do some sight seeing though. My friend hadn’t been through this area much before, there’s lots to see around this part of Oregon. Rivers, lakes, forebays, hot springs and waterfalls!
The next day we got on the road and decided to skip the lake and fish one of the forbays for the day and see if our luck would change on a different body of water. I had fished here once before, but just from the bank and had no luck.
This time I had brought my pontoon boat, which I figured would put my odds up a bit. Fishing was still tough like the day before. If we hadn’t kept on seeing some really decent sized fish jump I’m sure we would have moved on a lot sooner.
I did eventually get a few strikes and landed two little brown trout the first fish from the trip. Not big but felt good to get the skunk off of me! My buddy still went fish-less this day, but we were still having a good time. And his luck would change the next day.
The next day was actually my B-Day and I woke up feeling quite shitty as we had drank pretty heavily the night before. This day it took us awhile especially me to get around and get on the lake. The two previous mornings the clouds and fog burned off quite early, not too long after the sun had raised. On this morning the clouds were down low and it was misting most of the morning, and when we finally got on the lake we got rained on for a half hour or so.
So without any sun on the water the trout were rising quite a bit and actually biting! We were getting them either trolling or casting spoons and spinners. My friend out fished me this day 8 to 3 if I remember right, we kept the biggest one and split it for dinner. She was quite good, either that or we were quite drunk. Probably both!
The next morning was Sunday, and instead of just packing up and leaving when we got up. We decided to kill off the few beers we had left and go hike along the river and fish some new areas. We didnt land anything but had a couple decent sized trout follow our lures, none the less it was a good way to end the trip! Only bad thing was driving home on the freeway at night, and got into a construction zone, with stop and go traffic. When I just wanted to get home and rest from a crazy B-Day weekend!
Thanks for reading. I think ill start posting more, especially now that I can type with both hands once again.
This is another trip from my back log, got quite a few more that ill get to.
Christmas to me is just like any other day of the year. Also my family has celebrated the holiday on Christmas Eve for many years so me leaving to go fish on X-Mas day was no big deal. Me and my friend Ted decided to fish a small river that feeds into a near by reservoir in the Eugene area. This was my first time fishing here and the first time Ted fished here in many years. This section of river is very cool especially at the level we floated it at, we could row up and down steam of where we put in at without any difficulty. And not long after we put in I had caught a nice little trout on a Rapala.
The trout on this stream are real beauties, nice and scrappy too, that’s a wild trout for ya. I caught a few on this day all on that Rapala and sent them all back on their merry way. Ted landed a couple as well think he got them on a Thomas Buoyant Spoon. It’s a real interesting piece of water that I definitely want to come back to in the summer and see if I can’t pull some bass out of here.
This river is in a metropolitan area even though the pictures look like it may suggest different. It’s also not stocked at all with any type of fish, so for those two reasons I’m not disclosing the name of the water. Would hate to see see this river fished out and full of people. We explored quite a bit of water and some of it we had to go over logs, and even portaged once. But we did get to one point of the river where we could go no further. A big ole log jam, we probably could of gone around if put in some work and got out on some private property. But that wasn’t worth it for us, so we turned around.
As always thanks for reading and tight lines!
Woke up in the early hours on Halloween to fish at a local reservoir to us in Eugene area, with my friend Ted. The water is drawn down right now but the boat ramp is still very accessible as of then. Especially for us since we were in pontoons, but the lake this day also had two other boats on the water. We were getting pretty consistent bites with spoons and my first fish was actually a hard fighting cuttie. I have the two rod endorsement so along with a spoon I ran a plug. I ran a hot shot for awhile with no takes so I put on a small crayfish color mini fat rap and trolled that around. I thought about changing that plug out on more then a couple occasions, mostly because it wasn’t a floating plug and I wasn’t sure how far it was diving. I kept with and finally got hit, and when it did I thought my rod was snagged then I seen the fish come up and jump a time or two. Me and Ted both seen it was a good one then, and I had him come over to me and net it since I didn’t bring one. And luckily I did because right after it hit the net the plug came right out. It was a real nice 16″ hold over.
After that we found the the channel and tried to go up in it, turned out most of it had no depth to it so we left. On the way out my rod got buried and I caught another nice hold over on a spoon 17″ and fat with a tiny hook jaw. This one came on a Thomas Buoyant Spoon in silver, I was just running one rod at the time too because of the depth.
After that fish we kept on getting the average pellet heads on spoons. And there were quite a few fish hanging around the boat ramp, even a hatch when we were packing up. I wound up breaking off a trout on the mini fat rap, looked to be another good fish but broke my line after jumping. Damn 4lb mono!! I also wound up catching a nice 13″ stocker on the frog pattern hot shot, then not long after broke it off on a fish too. Was a good day of trout fishing as far as im concerned even with the lost tackle. Ted brought home a few small stockers, he caught plenty but no hold overs.
As always, Tight Lines! And thanks for reading.
Well here’s a older report that I never finished and published, will have quite a few more of these. So keep your eye out!
Saturday the 4th of May I fished with TTFishon in his boat and GraphiteZen came along too. These are a couple of cool guys I met on the OregonFishingForum a few years back. The day started out real nice weather wise, a little windy but we didn’t mind that is until… We had motor problems and had to row back to the ramp, as you can see in the video. You can also see in the video a helicopter dunking a bucket for a near by fire that was going on. It sure helped to pass the time as I waited at the boat ramp with the boat. The other guys went into town to get tools to fix the motor. A Hour or two later we go the boat up and running and we managed to get a few trout to the boat. Only one being a hold over. But was still a great day on the water with some awesome company.
Thanks for reading/watching the video, and as always, Tight Lines!!!
Went on a camping trip on Wednesday (7-25-12) and got back earlier today (7-31) . Spent Wednesday through Sunday at Wickiup, Sunday night at East Lake, and Monday night at Hills Creek Reservoir. Fishing wasn’t spectacular but the weather and two fish made up for the lack of catching. I got to Wickiup Wednesday afternoon and put together my camp site and pontoon boat, by the time I had all the boat and tent stuff put together I had drank a few beers and the wind let up so it was time to get out there! I trolled around until my stomach told me it was times for brats and more beer! While trolling back to my camping spot my Ultra Lite rod goes down and stays down, if i hadn’t known I was in some pretty deep water I would of thought it was snagged up! After picking my rod up out of the holder and a few turns of the reel the fish comes flying out of the water completely and I then knew I had a sweet trout on! After a couple more jumps and runs when it got near the boat I was finally able to net it! 22″ inch and around 3lbs of great meat! I ended up up having a fillet for dinner instead of the brats, and the next night I ate the other fillet, bacon wrapped with onions, garlic and lemon juice.
I thought fishing would be great considering the first days fish, but that wasn’t so. Didnt catch any fish at wickiup Thursday – Saturday. Left for Lava Lake on Sunday, but after taking the wrong road I ended up in Sun River. After buying more ice, beer and a corn dog I decided to head to East and Paulina Lakes instead. East was a very sweet lake except for the fact I couldn’t find any free camping. Ended up staying at Cinder Campground, very nice campground. Fishing at East was a lot better then at Wickiup, I was getting a lot more bites. Once the wind picked up Sunday evening I went back to camp and picked up my anchor and headed back out and sat on anchor and fished a whole worm on the bottom with no weight. About 45min later I started to get bit and picked up a real nice feisty 15″ Rainbow. The next morning the fish were eating off the surface like crazy! But they weren’t real interested in my offerings only got a couple bites Monday morning before leaving the lake. Got to see a poodle with a life jacket on out there though, pretty funny seeing a mid sized poodle on a pontoon boat! Monday I camped out in the back of Hill Creek Res. near the back where the creek comes in, was really nice scenery and very peaceful but no fish for me at this lake. Great weather everyday made for some sweet camping and the mosquitoes weren’t bad at either lakes!
Thanks for reading, and ill add more details and pictures when I get back from camping.
This past week I went on an adventure! For a couple of the days I prospected with a couple of cool dudes. We didnt find much gold but still had alot of fun. Ill probably make a post and video about prospecting on the Molalla River, we also did some fishing but the fish did not cooperate. Then after leaving the river behind I found a small lake that looked super bassy and also holds some beautiful trout! I camped there for a couple days in the rain and only caught a couple nice cuttys. If it werent for the damn rain I’m sure I would of caught quite a bit more trout and at least would of caught a small bass. Here’s the little video I made of the lake fishing.
Next time I find some of these little buggers ill use them for bait, didnt think about until I got back and looked at the photo.
Thanks for stopping by and reading! Tight lines to all!
Friday June 1st I got invited to go trolling for trout at Falls Creek Reservoir, by my friend Ted. It’s another lake that iv never been to let alone fished so there was no way I was gonna pass up the offer to fish it from his boat! I met him in the town of Springfield around 630 and after a couple stops for gas and bait we pulled into the boat launch to find it empty, fishing a week day has its perks! We trolled around the dam at first and had no takes, then we trolled up towards the arms and Ted had his first fish to the boat. Not long after he got his second, and while he had the motor off I was casting a brass Thomas spoon and hooked into my first of the day, it felt like a nice one but came unbuttoned soon after it surfaced. After that fishing became pretty slow so we went off to different part of the lake up one of the arms, where he and some buddies usually do good, and the spot didn’t fail.
We used ford fender trolling set ups with a night crawler on about two feet of leader. Ted let me use his home made fender, which he had never caught a fish on until I put it on my rod. And the home made ford fender was the ticket on that day. It out fished the store bought ford fender three to one probably. After a little while of out fishing him on his own trolling set up I started feeling bad and offered to trade set ups but he refused. We both caught countless fat hold over rainbows, and we both left the lake with our limits of five trout each. Was an awesome day on the water with great company. Ill finish this post with a picture of the five Ted kept. Mine were around the same size but his picture came out better then the one I took of my limit. 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!
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!