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Old 08-30-2010, 09:54 AM   #1
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I'm going fishing Thursday below McNary for salmon, I was wondering if anyone had some info on the best way to fish from a boat? I fished for springers and did well anchoring up and putting out Kwik Fish

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Old 08-30-2010, 09:58 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=hookemnbonkem;3269785]I'm going fishing Thursday below McNary for salmon, I was wondering if anyone had some info on the best way to fish from a boat? I fished for springers and did well anchoring up and putting out Kwik Fish.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:41 AM   #4
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I grew up in a driftboat fishing the coastal rivers in Oregon. About 25 years ago I moved to Eastern Oregon where I spend most of the winter on the Grande Ronde catching steelhead. Went to Astoria last week and caught some real nice fish and was thinking might give the fall fish a try at McNary. Looks like there is a lot of Chinooks coming
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Welcome to iFish. It's a nice place to spend some time, exchange ideas, and share your interests.

I'd give you some tips if I had some. But I don't. I fish poorly ---- just ask Brush Ape!
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:43 PM   #6
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I was thinkin the same I wanted to try down there for falls myself. I'm down fishing in Longview right now and have had slow luck this week. Did catch a 35 pound URB though on a wobbler. I know guys use kwiks up on the hanford reach backtrollin and they hit those but I think its because they are getting agressive becasue they are getting territorial and close to spawning. I've heard they don't like to bite maybe because the water is too warm down at Mcnary. Maybe they will hit kwiks if not try eggs or wobblers? Not much info on the fishing but hopefully I might have helped.
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:16 PM   #7
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I was thinkin the same I wanted to try down there for falls myself. I'm down fishing in Longview right now and have had slow luck this week. Did catch a 35 pound URB though on a wobbler. I know guys use kwiks up on the hanford reach backtrollin and they hit those but I think its because they are getting agressive becasue they are getting territorial and close to spawning. I've heard they don't like to bite maybe because the water is too warm down at Mcnary. Maybe they will hit kwiks if not try eggs or wobblers? Not much info on the fishing but hopefully I might have helped.
steelie-stalker is right about the lock jaw. I know there are guys that catch some salmon below mcnary but most fish above the dam. I personally haven't had much success, but you will see a salmon every now and then on a magwart. Good luck....
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:35 AM   #8
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I see more salmon fishing boats anchored below McNary, either infront of the Umatilla River (Oregon Side), or across the river (and slightly upstream) on the Washington side.

Above McNary Dam is where we usually troll lighted plugs (e.g. Brads), for steelhead, at night with electric motors. That is traditionally, at least a month away.

Am I missing a salmon opportunity above the dam? Kwiks (and wrapped Kwiks) are most popular below the dam. What technique is most successful if are you targeting salmon above the dam?

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Old 09-08-2010, 11:47 AM   #9
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:28 PM   #10
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So is salmon open above mcnary or just below?
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:29 PM   #11
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There must be a way to get some of these fish to bite.

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1. Mag warts above and/below the dam
2. Back bouncing eggs below the dam
3. Anchor fishing with wobblers below the dam in deep water
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:00 PM   #12
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i went last monday with no luck. it was my first time salmon fishing below mcnary and i "hear" the water is a bit too warm for them to bite. give them a week or two and they should be biting.
i tried being anchored with a traditional flasher/superbait with no luck. we tried trolling with the same combo and we also had a mag wart on another pole. nothing produced for us.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:18 PM   #13
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I'm going fishing Thursday below McNary for salmon, I was wondering if anyone had some info on the best way to fish from a boat? I fished for springers and did well anchoring up and putting out Kwik Fish
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:46 PM   #14
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Below McNary has always been a tough bite for fall salmon. Above the dam fire tiger mag warts can be really good at times.
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Was above McNary yesterday, with salmon rolling all around the boat. Put out a couple of the usual salmon rigs - kwiks and super baits with no luck. I think they should hit on something, I just have not found exactly what yet.
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:19 PM   #16
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If it were me, I would be running a double wobbler setup on about 8 oz of lead 25-30 pulls down. Something to get down to those suspending fish? I would imagine as the water temp slides down, running a k16 wrapped on 8/10 oz of lead would find a fish or two.?
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:56 PM   #18
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I don't think temps will be that much of an issue. Right now Bonneville is at 19.4 and McNary at 19.3C so they are basically the same. I really think wobblers and spinners should work, they work below Bonn so they should get some fish at McNary too. The other thing that should work is eggs......just need more time to do some experimenting.

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Old 09-08-2010, 10:10 PM   #19
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I don't think temps will be that much of an issue. Right now Bonneville is at 19.4 and McNary at 19.3C so they are basically the same. I really think wobblers and spinners should work, they work below Bonn so they should get some fish at McNary too. The other thing that should work is eggs......just need more time to do some experimenting.

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Eggs in 66* water for Chinook? To be honest I have never tried, 58 was always kind of my bait cutoff. Please do tell?
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i was registering 64-66* water temps below. pretty damn warm. hell give me an 80* day ill be wakeboarding again.
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Eggs in 66* water for Chinook? To be honest I have never tried, 58 was always kind of my bait cutoff. Please do tell?
Eggs and herring both catch fish in warm water. Put it in front of them enough and they will hammer it. Even if you were really hot and didn't feel like doing anything and a fly kept buzzing by you I bet you would swing at it eventually.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:37 PM   #22
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Was above McNary yesterday, with salmon rolling all around the boat. Put out a couple of the usual salmon rigs - kwiks and super baits with no luck. I think they should hit on something, I just have not found exactly what yet.
I spent three years throwing the tackle box at salmon above and below McNary.

Like you said with Salmon rolling all around the boat you would think they would hit something.

We only could get them to follow and look at one lure and one lure only. They would never hit it, just follow it all the way to the boat.

At one point my plan with my fishing partner was to get the net in the water and get them to follow it right to the net!
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All that info should keep you busy. I think the best way to fish for salmon is above with MagWarts. Fish up and down the shoreline. Mostly the Oregon side. The fishing is spotty. Keep an eye where you are marking them and try and stay on top of them.
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:59 PM   #24
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All that info should keep you busy. I think the best way to fish for salmon is above with MagWarts. Fish up and down the shoreline. Mostly the Oregon side. The fishing is spotty. Keep an eye where you are marking them and try and stay on top of them.
I fished below Mcnary yesterday pulling magwarts, kwikfish and Brads super baits. Caught one chinook on the super bait loaded with Tuna.

Thanks for you help
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:26 PM   #25
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I picked up a nice Chinook at mcnary yesterday pulling a brads. Water temp was about 65. They are killing them at the mouth of the Deschutes and the water temp is about 66 so not much difference. I caught mine in about 20 foot of water and the one guy I talked to at the Deschutes said they boated 16 in two days fishing 27 feet.
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Sounds like below McNary is finally starting to produce results now that the water temp has dropped. I've been hearing nothing but bad reports with tens of thousands of fish over the dam.
Please keep us posted.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:06 AM   #27
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Im headed out today... above McNary... going to pull the whole tackle box...
Kwicks.... mag warts... and spinners....
Will try with weight and with out... Steelhead should be there now also.
Lots of fish rolling... Ill see ya out there...
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Im headed out today... above McNary... going to pull the whole tackle box...
Kwicks.... mag warts... and spinners....
Will try with weight and with out... Steelhead should be there now also.
Lots of fish rolling... Ill see ya out there...
Bobbers never hurt either. Good luck. I'm curious to hear how you do.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:04 PM   #29
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hit the river below mcnary again on Friday with my brother. We boated 2 nice Chinook, the biggest being 20 pounds. Both were in great shape. My friend in a second boat landed 4 including 2 jacks. We were trolling brads downstream with pro troll e chip flashers. The fishing was not hot for us but the weather was fantastic and whenever you boat Chinook its a good day. I figure there should be another week of decent fishing then it is on to steelhead.
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:08 AM   #30
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Fished below McNary yesterday. Caught 2 adults and a jack. Lost a couple others. The fishing has really slowed down compared to the past couple of weeks. The fish are also getting dark. Onto deer hunting tomorrow then winter steelhead.
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yeah I hit it yesterday also. Caught 2 adults. One was still in pretty good shape the other was starting to darken up. I think its time to start prepping for my elk hunt by my fishing partner wants to give the Chinook one last trip. Decisions, Decisions.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:12 PM   #32
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Fished above McNary today for steelhead. However, the salmon were gettin hammered. Several boats left around 9:30 with limits and the sleds with 6 people in them almost limited out. It was crazy good out there and I overhead a few people talking about catching silvers as well.
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lots of action Friday not even a hit Saturday,try next weekend.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:32 AM   #34
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Are the boat ramps above the dam open?
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Yup. Dead Saturday morning. I picked the wrong day.
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:06 PM   #36
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Anyone having any luck below McNary? I was there twice last week any was really slow. I keep thinking its going to pick up, but I might be crazy.
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its been pretty slow all week, I caught 2 last Wednesday. On thur two of us hooked a total of 4 but none made it in the boat. Today I hooked 2 and landed one. Not much action and I was thinking of trying above dam just for something different. I have heard there may be a little action trolling below irrigon but I have not personally been there. good luck

ps water temp was 65 on wed and thu and 64 today. Wish it was 62 but oh well.

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Old 10-07-2014, 04:42 PM   #38
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Above the Dam Looks to still be a bit slow. some do better than others. we have been twice in as man weeks and had luck both times but realy had to work for them. I see Dodgers and superbaits and downriggers and flashers... Feel like im fishing the ocean seeing all of that. Good ol' wiggle warts is all I have been pulling. except we did get a skirvy nook on a mag. going to be up there a lot more soon so hopefully I will be there as the water cools and I can fish a little bait under a bobber for fun!
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:04 PM   #39
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Camped at Plymouth for a couple of days and fished above the dam...
You have two choices...

(1) Hot tamale (2) hot lava ...

Brad's baits (OLD STYLE) packed with tuna trolled at 1.7 - 2.2 ground speed behind a white flasher with 40 -45 leaders... helps if you have bloody tuna GEL or bloody tuna powder added... 20 ft deep... change tuna every 20 minutes... DON'T GIVE UP.. It'll work.... remember the old style baits

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my take for the week. I fished several days above the dam and it was pretty slow. While I did catch some fish about half of them were jacks. There were quite a few boats out and they hit both sides pretty much equally. My best day was 9 hookups for 2 of us but the landing percentage was poor, I don't care for braided line with barbless hooks. Of course there were a couple boats that have it figured out. One day the team lund boat hooked 11 and landed 6, those fellas know what they are doing. A friend of mine hooked 5 and landed a couple, one nice 18 pounder. Lots of boats empty handed.

I started with brads super cut plug and after hearing other reports switched to the brads original plugs. Hooked 3 yesterday, got 2 to the boat and one in the boat. Tough netting these big fish by yourself. One fella on Oregon side caught 2 pretty quick yesterday morning with magnum warts.
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