Wednesday, February 6, 2013

GoPro Steelhead Fishing

GoPro Steelhead Fishing!

Hey everyone, got the GoPro Camera and get to capture a bobber down on a native steelhead! Check it out!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

2015 Oregon trout Stocking Schedule

2015 Oregon Trout Stocking Schedule

Hey guys if you were interested on getting some trout this year in Oregon, check out the ODFW stocking schedule. This will help you fish better and fish at the right times. Also ODFW's fishing resource will let you know all the up to date fishing reports for each week by fishing zone.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Bob Toman: Fishing Tip. Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine

      So I just picked up a copy of the new April Salmon Trout Steelheader(SST) Magazine today. I was checking through it and seeing if there is any tips that I was able to get out of it. There is an article about Master Oregon Guide, Bob Toman, talking about one lure that has caught him 200 Fish.

-His 200 Fish lure is a custom painted Flatfish Plug.

     He explains some key components on how to keep a lure "Hot", and the one tip that I wanted to point out is cleaning your lures.
     Now I know this is a concept that has been talked about over and over again. People are always talking about how to get rid of human scent from lures, and the most common thing I have heard is to use WD-40. The problem with WD-40 is that many people don't want to add all of the toxic chemicals from WD-40 into the water and potentially pollute the water source.
     In Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine, according to Bob Toman, "Cleanliness is next to godliness"(April 2011, SST Magazine, Buzalsky) What Bob Toman does to remove unwanted scents from his lures is to "clean them with regular Crest toothpaste, Lemon Joy, or Dawn Dishwashing Liquid with a soft bristle brush."(Buzalsky).

      Now next time you plan on going out, go ahead and give this technique a try and see how your next fishing trip goes. Hopefully you will get a lot more chances to land some big fish. I am definitely going to take Bob Toman's advice, and clean my lures very well before talking them out.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Trout Still Fishing Rig

Trout Still Fishing Rig

Here is a short video on the setup of this rig!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Bobber and Jig Rig for Steelhead.

Bobber and Jig Rig for Steelhead:

Thanks for Watching!


Friday, March 25, 2011

Salmon Steelhead Plunking Rig


Some of the most popular Plunking Lures:


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Steelhead Drift Fishing

Steelhead Drift Fishing 

Drift Fishing:

The main idea of drift fishing from the bank is to make an extremely natural looking presentation, that floats  near the bottom and at the speed of the river. The way this rig works, is by having a heavy enough lead weight that will take your offering down to the bottom of the river, and bounce along the bottom. Now it is important that you don't have too much weight in that it will just sink and stay. This will create a unnatural presentation, and will cause a ton of snags and lost gear. You will want to adjust you lead piece according to how fast or slow the river is, and you want to get the lead to bounce about every 1 to 1.5 second along the bottom.

Cast upstream far enough so when the lure is in front of you, it is near the bottom and in the strike zone. Let your lure go through the "drift" until it has swung  downstream and then retrieve and cast again. Make sure to cover the water by starting closer to the bank, and work your way every cast to the farthest part of the fish holding water. I usually like to do this and then move down the bank and do the same thing, so that you cover as much water as possible and have the opportunity of finding fish that you otherwise wouldn't if you just stayed in one spot.

With  a corkie used as the lure, it causes the hook to float off the bottom in the fishes striking zone. The added yarn can simulate a sac of fish eggs, and you can easily add any store bought scent. The material of the yarn will hold that scent cast after cast. Another added benefit to having yarn is that when a fish mouths your lure, the yarn has a chance to get tangled and stuck in the fish's teeth, giving you an even better chance of detecting, and setting that hook.

The hardest part of drift fishing is going to be detecting the bite. It's very hard because you will be constantly feeling your gear hitting the bottom, and many beginner anglers will think it is a bite.


Another indicator is if your line suddenly STOPS or if your line starts going off the intended path.
And try and keep as little slack as possible in your line when fishing this technique because you do not want a fish to bite and then it take too long for you to reel up and set the hook. 

Steelhead are very fickle and you never want to pass up a chance to hook one!

Plunking Kwikfish for Salmon and Steelhead

     This is the Kwikfish that I caught my first steelhead on at Bonneville dam.
It was a nice native steelhead, and the fish absolutely pounded the lure. Lurh Jensen has made a proven lure that works perfect for steelhead and salmon, and I will always have this lure in my arsenal.
The chartreuse and silver finish has been by far my most productive color combination when it comes to Kwikfish.

     With this lure you can add some sardines or tuna to the belly of it to add a very attractive scent for the fish. It also makes the lure more lifelike. Just get some of your favorite bait and attach it with stretchy thread around the Kwikfish. Make sure you do not use too much bait to mess up the normal action of the lure.

     For Steelhead I will use the size K15x size Kwikfish and smaller.
     For Salmon I will Use K15x Kwikfish and Bigger.

     Since I do not have a boat I had to plunk this bad boy into the fast current on the Columbia river by Bonneville Dam.

The Setup is pretty simple.

     I like 40 to 60 pound Braided Mainline. You will then attach a three way swivel to the main line, ( I just use a Palomar knot) and then 12 to 24 inch 15 to 20 lb. weight line with a good hunk of lead to hold the lure down... 8oz lead pyramid weight or bigger is the norm.
Then I attach the lure to the last end of the three way swivel with a 48 to 60" inch leader of 15 to 20lb for Steelhead and 20 lb. or higher test line for Salmon.

This works for me and I hope it works for you.

     By the way there are many things people can plunk from the bank including spin n' glos, spinner, live bait including prawns. Try and experiment and hopefully catch some fish!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Using Spinners to Catch Salmon, Steelhead and Trout.

When fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout in Rivers, Spinners are really effective
There are three ways to use spinners.

1.     Cast Upstream:
 Cast upstream and basically retrieve the spinner back to yourself. Reel fast and keep the blade spinning near the bottom.

2.     Out and Across:
 Let it swing through the drift. You might let it sink a little and then pull on the rod to get the blade working again, and then let it swing through the holding water.

     3.   Downstream Casting:
This technique is terrific for wide tail outs.
Let your spinner swing through the tail out water and, in some cases, you will have a extremely slow retrieve speed, or even no retrieve at all depending on how fast the current is pulling the spinner.

Anyone can enhance his or her spinners by tipping it.
You can tip it with:
     Power bait trout worm.
     Or any other bait you like to use when fishing for these species.
Tipping your lures will enhance your catch rate because it adds a tad bit more action, and most importantly, it will add scent that will attract more fish.

Most anglers will use 8lb to 10lb when fishing for steelhead, and for trout, people will use 6-pound test line.

You can even use fire line, which works well on a spinning reel
It lays good and cast good. It doesn’t twist up as much either.

 And remember, don’t get into a rigid retrieve mode, keep rod flexible and let the current dictate the speed of your retrieve.
Also, Salmon, Steelhead and trout, will all lie on or near the bottom so keep that spinner around this area to maximize the amount of fish you will catch.