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I saw a related topic and thought I'd start this thread. I'm a senior at UO and only have to take 2 classes this term to graduate in June. I have a lot of free time on my hands and am looking to pick up a new hobby. My dad hooked me up with a fishing pole, hooks, weights, and bait. Any of you fish much? Where are some good spots to go? Any insight is appreciated!
Well kev it depends on many things but first off what kind of pole and gear did he hook you up with. Six footer for trout/bass or an 8-1/2 Steelhead rod or fly rod?
The mckenzie and the willamette both have great fishing very close to U of O. Both great fly fishing rivers.
I believe he gave me a 6 footer. I'm not looking to do much fly fishing... just casting/reeling or casting and letting the pole sit depending on my enthusiasm level
ODFW's trout stocking schedule would be a good place to start. You might want to look for places with public fishing docks. For an additional thrill, check out the places where they planted larger trout. Trophy brood stock can be as large as 10 lbs.
Ask De'Anthony! He knows the hotspots.
if you love to shoot.....both bow and arrow and rifle they have great hunting in central washington...........most coyote hunt out there...even those who dont care about hunting..........................now that i think about it....its sad a region of washington is entertained only by hunting, fishing, drinking, and fucking.....glad i left
The Umpqua isn't bad, I've heard good things about the Willamette/McKenzie fork too
Kevin fishing is a blast but few take time to understand the basics. Read and explore and ask seasoned fisherpeople where, when and what they used as rigging. Sounds like he set you up for trout. Find the fishing hole and thread a worm on a size #8 or 6 hook and give it a quarter inch tale. Another favorite bait is power egg in orange or pink. Rig your split shot on your main at about 3 inches apart and a foot away from bait, don't crimp to tight so you have some give and hopefully won't lose your gear when you get stuck. Dont use more weight than you really need. Problems there use a cheap bobber setting up the same way. The old adage is true ,10% of fishers catch 90% of the fish. Be persistent and good luck.
If you have the time to get to eastern Oregon around Bend, their are a number of mountain lakes that are stocked with trout.
If you like just rowing out on the lake and dropping a line, I would suggest South Twin Lake. No motor boats allowed and resort rents boats their. Just GREAT! for kicking back and relaxing.
If you want to go for the gold, get a boat and go to Crane Prarie Resivor. Good size native and stock trout!! Up to 36" are good to go. Secret their is bait is dragon fly larvae, the fish eat it up!!
Always loved the area around those 2 lakes. Also cabins are available at South Twin Resort, and you have about 10 lakes within about an hours drive or less at your disposal.
This post was edited by dkfnintn 12 months ago
+1 Beware....South Twin crystal clear water and not very deep. Need to use very fine line not to spook them.. DKfn do you currently live in Oregon? Somehow had the impression you were living on the other side of the country.
Alton Baker park is easy to get to and should be stocked. Also DAT likes to fish right behind Kow Loon restaurant. You can a access that area from Alton Baker park as well. Good luck!!
Nope, went their hundreds of times from 8 yrs old until I joined the Navy. Have dreamed of that place at least a thousand times. My nirvana.
I would take his advice. There was a time when fishing was how he put food on the table.
I caught like 5 nice rainbow trout there once, but fair warning certain times of the year the taste like mud. If you're not into eating them anyway, no biggie. If you are checking with the bait and tackle shop that is near your lake of choice, is a good idea.
Best bet for trout is to follow that stocking schedule. I was out at Coffenbury (Fort Stevens) with my son last week and he caught his first fish. My co-worker went earlier in the week and 4 of them caught over 20. We ended up with 7 in 2 hr, but that was with a 5 year old getting tangled up frequently so we could have topped that if we were motivated to do so.
You're making progress. That was less dicky than I expected.
I want to make up, will you mediate?
So many places to fish around Oregon. Sounds like you have the gear to go trout fishing. There are tons of lakes near Eugene that are stocked. Someone above posted the link of when and where they stock these places, that would be a great place to start. To get started and kind of learn your pole, you could always just go throw a line out on the stream and little pond behind Autzen. I have caught a ton of trout back there. This spring and summer are a great time to catch trout around Oregon. Tons of places around Bend. There is also a bunch of beautiful spots up around Mt Hood. There is some great Steelhead spots around and near Eugene, but it doesn't sound like you are set up for Steelhead fishing(which IMO is as good as it gets).
Just up the road from Eugene on Hway 99 is Junction City pond. It will be listed on the Fish & Wildlife Stocking Report and will regularly receive some of the 5-10lb "excessive brood stock" people have mentioned previously. It would be more of a bobber + worm/power bait option for those days when your "level of enthusiasm" isn't that high.
Thanks all. I appreciate all the feedback. When the weather gets a bit nicer (possibly towards the end of this week) I plan on hitting some of these spots.
if you wanna catch a bunch of small mouth bass , hit the umpqua river up in may, june-july down below the little town of Elkton, when the water gets nice and warm, thousands of small mouth bass in that river, Up the Mckenzie river below the Leaburg dam is a good spot for steelhead and salmon, that's where i spend alot of nights after work fishing for steelhead, theyll be in there thick around the end of may and through the summer. Crane prairie is a good fishing lake like DKFNT said, lots of trout, and it also has a huge large mouth bass population!
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