Oregon and Washington fishing


How to Catch Steelhead Tips

  • In the ocean prawns and shrimp make up a segment of the steelhead's diet. To me, that spells out bait. Steelhead love prawns and shrimp.

  • The ones I use the most are the grey, un-cooked variety found at the local grocery store.

  • They work great for drift fishing or for tipping your jigs and the hooks of your plugs. They also work good in combo with eggs.

  • Easy access makes them very appealing. They last in the freezer for a long time and you can take out as many as you want for the time you will be fishing. Just keep them cool.

  • They're tough and they don't die either, as compared to sand shrimp.

  • Another prawn tail option is the kind of prawns that are cure up for spring chinook. These prawns can be found in the bait freezer a few sporting goods stores.

  • When I was growing up me and my dad used these quite a bit with our corkie and yarn rigs. We would peal them and juice 'em up with shrimp oil.

  • In fact I caught my first steelhead on one of these prawn tails that I had peeled and dyed with flo. red Pro Cure.

  • For either kind of shrimp/prawn peel of the shell and break or cut them into the appropriate size.

  • Use them as they come or try adding some shrimp oil or egg cure.

Recipe Idea
Place the fillet in a zip lock bag and marinate it in Italian salad dressing for 45 min to an hour. Place it skin side down on aluminum foil and put under the broiler. Just before it's done (about 15 minutes per inch of thickness) sprinkle a layer of shredded parmesan cheese and let it melt.

While angling in Western Washington lakes for Trout in summer; make your leader at least 50 + 5" from sinker to floating bait. The length keeps you out of the algae and makes it easier for trout to spot and sense. Use power eggs (white/green) with a dash of "mike's" shrimp oil. Works in every lake I tested.
Name: Phil Hammond
email: youngham@nventure.com

Fishing Sturgeon in the upper Columbia River depends more on bottom structure than depth. Fish of all sizes can be caught in water 20-30 ft. deep if it is in a feeding lane or trough. Anchoring in the upper end of a trough or off to one side of the trough and casting or drifting bait into the trough is an effective way to entice fish. Study a good chart of the river bottom to get an idea of where to start fishing. Be patient. Most sturgeon bites are as light as that of a trout. If you experience a lot of "jump-uppers" ones that cause you to jump out of your seat and grab the rod and then not get another bite, try reducing the size of the hook to a 5/0 or 6/0 hook. In catching several hundred sturgeon over the past 5 years, I have never had a sturgeon swallow the hook to a point where it was not visible in the outer mouth area.
Name: Bob Wimberly
email: wimbocondo@msn.com

Upriver Sturgeon fishing requires heavy butted sensitive tip rod that is 7-7 1/2 feet in length. Short boat rods allow for detecting the lightest of bites while providing power for the largest fish. The shorter rod all but eliminates accidental injury caused from casting or setting hooks on longer rods. This is especially true for less experienced fishermen. Best bait day in and day out above John Day Dam is Roll-Mop Herring with a hook no larger than 7/0 (barbless). Being able to break loose from the anchor will assist in making light rods and line (50# high tech type) more desirable to use, easier to cast and sufficient for the big boys.
Name: Bob Wimberly
email: wimbocondo@msn.com

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