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Old 11-30-2014, 05:11 PM   #1
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One thing I enjoyed in the cold season was fishing geo-thermal spring fed ponds and rivers.

Anyone know if these exist in the north west?

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I have tried to locate springs, Warm or not the water coming out is over 50 Deg. F. In the winter that could help. I look for temp on my depth finder and look for spots on the lake that do not freeze over when the rest of the lake does. Good subject for this time of year. I have fished early spring on the Calf. delta near the power plant warm water outlet and did catch bass.
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Idaho has many thermal lakes. According to the net several of them actually have populations of invasive African Cichlids and tropical fish. Your chance to catch a real guppy! Never been to any myself but on my bucket list.

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There's a place on Lost River east of K-Falls just outside Olene, where there's a geothermal hot spring that dumps into the river.

Never caught any fish near it though. Geothermal water in that area is pretty nasty stuff.
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:44 AM   #6
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I also have wondered about waste water treatment plant discharge water. Is it any warmer than the local river it is dumped into? If so seems it would also be a draw to warm water fish in the area.
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I also have wondered about waste water treatment plant discharge water. Is it any warmer than the local river it is dumped into? If so seems it would also be a draw to warm water fish in the area.

I've also keyed in on these areas and have done quite well. Question is... Where/how to locate them here.
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I have tried to locate springs, Warm or not the water coming out is over 50 Deg. F. In the winter that could help. I look for temp on my depth finder and look for spots on the lake that do not freeze over when the rest of the lake does. Good subject for this time of year. I have fished early spring on the Calf. delta near the power plant warm water outlet and did catch bass.
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The Portland area lacks nearby lakes (that are open year round) so a drive needs to be justified with solid Intel. I've done quite well on bass lakes in the winter even during snow storms that have springs that feed them. Sometimes all it takes is a 5 degree change to trigger hungry bass.

I'm going to start researching water treatment plants that dump into river systems...
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