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Old 10-15-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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I've never really seen any bait while fishing the willamette, I'm assuming there are perch and bluegill but what else do the smallmouth eat?
Also looking for LM, have caught plenty of smallies, is the river just too fast and cold for them?

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Old 10-15-2014, 04:15 PM   #2
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There are a zillion shad and pike minnows, which I'm sure they munch on. Also, crawdads.

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I've never really seen any bait while fishing the willamette, I'm assuming there are perch and bluegill but what else do the smallmouth eat?
Also looking for LM, have caught plenty of smallies, is the river just too fast and cold for them?
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:50 PM   #3
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Indeed on what boblag said


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Default Re: Willamette River Baitfish

In addition to the above I have caught them with sculpin sticking out of their throats.



Plus, I believe Modest Man has mentioned that largescale suckers are the largest fish population in the Willamette.

Personally, I think that crayfish make up most of a bass' diet in places where there are not schooling bait fish. Growing up in PA I used to check stomach contents of bass caught in ponds that had tons of panfish, golden shiners, regular minnow types and crayfish. If I recall correctly over 90% of the fish I caught that had food in their stomach had crayfish. Fish remains were only in about 20% (some had both).

On the Willamette, I often have quite a few puked up crayfish littering my kayak at the end of a day of fishing.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:26 PM   #5
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By far the favorite food source for the Bass on the Willamette are, crawdads, American shad and sculpin. That said however, here is a listing of other food sources for them.

Common carp
Pikeminnow
chiselmouth
mountain whitefish
peamouth chub
largescale sucker
dace, longnose and speckled
redside shiner
stickleback
sand roller
banded killfish
western mosquitofish
prickly sculpin
balck crappie
white crappie
yellow perch
walleye
bluegill
warmouth
pumpkinseed
various catfish
lamprey eel
leeches
snails
salamanders

There are others too but this list covers most of them. Not listed is the kagillion bug species. Not all species listed will be found in every stretch of the Willamette, but they are present here and there throughout the system.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:01 PM   #6
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I imagine that smallmouth eat largemouth fry and vice versa. It is a bass eat bass world.
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:23 PM   #7
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OK, I'll say it:
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By far the favorite food source for the Bass on the Willamette are, crawdads, American shad and sculpin. That said however, here is a listing of other food sources for them.

Common carp
Pikeminnow
chiselmouth
mountain whitefish
peamouth chub
largescale sucker
dace, longnose and speckled
redside shiner
stickleback
sand roller
banded killfish
western mosquitofish
prickly sculpin
balck crappie
white crappie
yellow perch
walleye
bluegill
warmouth
pumpkinseed
various catfish
lamprey eel
leeches
snails
salamanders

There are others too but this list covers most of them. Not listed is the kagillion bug species. Not all species listed will be found in every stretch of the Willamette, but they are present here and there throughout the system.
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