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Old 12-28-2007, 01:17 PM   #1
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Default Columbia River bank fishing for smallmouth

I would like to hear any thoughts from Ifish members regarding bank fishing for smallmouth bass. I do not have a boat and would like to try to fish from the banks of the Columbia River for smallmouth. I need to know where that might be possible and how one gets access to the banks of the Columbia. My target area of choice is between Portland and Hood River but prefer areas near Portland. My casual internet investigation of areas off I-84 have uncovered few exits at which I might find bank access. Any information about this will be greatly appreciated. lwilling

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Old 01-02-2008, 04:18 PM   #2
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Anywhere there is rock or a weedline, you'll find smallies.
Not hard to find many places on the Columbia & Willy to have fun.
When you get over here, post up and we'll go find some.

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Old 01-05-2008, 09:44 PM   #3
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There are a lot of places (at least on the Washington side off of Hwy 14) where the highway crosses a Columbia River backwater. Usually, they have a lot of fill with riprap and a short bridge in the middle. The riprap is generally easy to walk to and a good spot for smallies, especially pre-spawn and spawn period.
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:07 PM   #4
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There's some good bank access on Hayden Island and along Marine Drive, but I've found that you've gotta go to very specific spots. Above Cascade Locks is better; there are several good places to park between there and Hood River. Google Earth is the way to go to find places that likely hold fish. If I were still bank-bound, I would get the Columbia River map that shows depth, as it will help rule out areas that otherwise look good.
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:28 PM   #5
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Inside sand island on the Oregon side in Rooster Rock SP. Not advised on hot days, unless you like nude middle aged men. I wish thy would kick those guys out, but it sure reduces the fishing pressure.
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:53 PM   #6
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I saw the map for Rooster Rock, how big is the parking area there? Enough room for a RV for day use?
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Old 01-13-2008, 10:27 PM   #7
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The lot is huge and thee is a good boat ramp. he problem is, some of the best bank fishing is the I-84 rip rap up stream of the park where the rip rap hangs out--literally. A nude beach. If you hike up over the hill you can avoid some of the show, and it brings you back down to a fair strectch of wadable bank fishhing.
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Old 01-14-2008, 04:57 AM   #8
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Default Re: Columbia River bank fishing for smallmouth

Thanx Tar Heel, just thought I'd give it a try when I roll thru with the big rig. I drive 84 quite a bit and look at all that tempting water wondering why I didn't bring my bass gear.
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:42 AM   #9
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I second the post about Cascade Locks. There is a rock shoal that you can access from island across from the boat launch ramp (you can get there by walking bridge). If the water is low, you might not be able to get fish out of the water though. I have also caught fish around the Washington side below the Bonneville Dam. There is a large fishing dock in Washougal off of River Road. There is a boat launch ramp down by the industrial area off of SR 14 that has a jetty that you can get out on. There is a yacht moorage there as well that has a nice flat area that is pretty good in the morning with jerkbaits. Good Luck Bro!
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Anywhere there is rock or a weedline, you'll find smallies.
Not hard to find many places on the Columbia & Willy to have fun.
When you get over here, post up and we'll go find some.

Oh Bill....you can come too. :grin:
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what works best when fishing the columbia rocky areas?
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Old 04-08-2014, 03:14 PM   #11
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Find weird spots. where you can get to the bank and fish um. get you a float tube and explore from the weird spots where you find access to islands. dead in the middle of the industrial district in No-PO you can slay them in the industrial slogs. around house boats and factories. I do the most damage with a gigantic white , chartreus or black and buggy multiple spinner weed less heavy baits that I can cast into the thick stuff far with heavy line on a stubby bait caster. I keep one in the truck for around the airport on service calls.

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