Re: Willamette panfish?
I've fished Hagg a lot. It's on the top of my list for panfishing in this area, the only thing stopping me from making a weekly trip out there is the parking fees. Money is tight rightnow, as my wife and I are just starting new jobs when school resumes. (We'll both be driving a bus for the West Linn - Wilsonville district) we tried going fishing today, but couldn't find anywhere. We started out by going to Wilsonville Pond, but that place was dead. I brought in a single bass fry, almost as small as the nymph I caught it with. There were a few small fish rising to unknown bugs in the middle of the lake, but we don't have a canoe or boat of anykind.
After almost getting heatstroke in the only decent place for backcasts, we got discouraged. So we decided to try somewhere else. We headed for the Clackamas, but it was FULL (so full, Clackamas County deputies were having cars towed from the side of hte road becuase of the hazard they were creating) We couldn't find a single pullout or park or open bank that didn't have two dozen swimmers, jetsleds, and sunbathers there. We headed for the only place on the Willamette we knew in the West Linn/OC area (Cedar Oak boatlaunch) and it was full too. We both got pretty bummed, as there was no where we could fish without hooking a swimmer, or having lines run over by jet skiers, jet sleds, or inner tubers. Last night I began teaching her how to fly cast (she's got the roll cast down well, now we're trying to get her back-forth casting down) I tried starting her on my 5 wt, but it is uncomfortable for her to use. She loves my 3 wt. I'm going to have to get her her own (probably going to get a 4 wt for a nice compromise.) rod when we can afford it. Already had to give her my ultralight spin rod because she loves it so much. That's ok...gives me reason to save for another rod. I'm wanting a 6 ft ultralight luhr-jensen. I *had* the 5'6'' rod, but now it's hers. She likes fishing rooster tail spinners. She outfishes me almost every time we go fishing. I've had a run of bad luck ever since I lost her favorite spinners (pink 1/16 ounce roostertail, 1/8 ounce green mepps)
Does anyone have *good* directions to the St. Louis Ponds? I know they're outside Gervais, but that's it. How's the fishing this time of year? What lures or flies work well for bank-anglers?
Thanks for the info.
Panfish: The other white meat