There was an article a few yrs back about a closely guarded secert about stripers in the W :shrug: E river in Portland. :whazzup:
There's also every once in awhile a story about one being caught in the Columbia.I believe the reports or storys were in the Oregonian ??.I've never seen one caught so it could maybe be a fairy tale. :whazzup: ,you might ask Bill Monroe if its true he knows all :grin: .
I hoping to be catching some of those bad boys this weekend. Back east though. in Mass. We flyfish for them, and my buddies are pretty dialed in so I hope the weekend visit includes
some of those beauties. I'll have a report when I get back.
Greenbuttskunk, I can imagine what it is like to catch stripes on a fly rod as I used to fish for them in Lake Mead out of Henderson, Nv. Had some great trips there with fish averaging about 8 lbs. I have a friend down there that has chased them for years in that lake. It's almost close enough to go down occasionally. The fishing is always good for something in Mead.
Good luck and we want to see some shots of those brusers when you get back. Top water and stripers are my favorite.
As the story goes, back in the early 1900's some body dumped stripers into San Fransisco Bay. Eventually this species found suitable conditions all the way up to the Columbia River. Years back, Oregon even had a commercial fishery for these critters. The most suitable conditions in our neck of the woods for this fish is the Coos Bay estuary and the Smith River ( I think ) even though fairly recently anglers where picking these guys up in the Williamette system. Like Shad, this is an east coast species that found a home out west. They use to be quite a to-do in Oregon ( 60 pounders ) but I think commercial fishing kept their numbers down.
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