1. Not the bass I was looking for, but always fun and good fighters. :)

    4 lb. Colorado Pikeminnow

    1. Bryan Harper 0
      Hope to get up to the Columbia for Salmon and Smallies someday?👍
    2. Bass Pirate 0
      Yeah, quite fun fighters. Here they're despised; there's a bounty on them in the Columbia River and most people "bonk and bank" them even in the ...more Willamette. They eat too many salmon.
    3. Bryan Harper 0
      That’s a really nice one! 🎣 Those are really fighters in Rivers! They protect them to much here in Western Colorado which hurts are Sportfishing potentials for ...more Bass,Pike,and Walleye!
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  2. It’s finally warming up, and the fish are biting... didn’t connect with the big ones yet, but the first of the season have started biting. :)

    1 lb. Smallmouth Bass

  3. Throw back Thanksgiving Thursday. My PB and probably one biggest bass I’ll see in Oregon. :) lots of fun, and to be with Dad and daughter... that was a great day...one ...more to be Thankful for.

    6 lb. Largemouth Bass with a Texas Rig Zman Zinker pumpkin hobo

    1. Bryan Harper 0
      Nice one!
  4. A friend of mine inspired me to get out this weekend with his nice fat smallie caught Friday (left). I got out Monday and the water was 49 degrees. Spent a couple ...more hours trying and looking...nothing. Then found this sweet school of fish...tried at them for another hour... nothing... skunked. But at least I was on the river for a few hours. :)

    3 lb. Smallmouth Bass with a swim bait

    1. try a blade bait, it's my favorite sub 50 degree water smallmouth lure. you might want to find some slack current spots too, when that water gets really cold ...more they don't want to waste energy sitting in current i don't think. if you try the bladebait just let it sink to the bottom and slightly lift it to get a little vibration and then just slack line it for a second and let it sit again for a few seconds and repeat.
    2. Bass Pirate 0
      Thanks Christopher. Good info. I was using a Ned Rig and a Jig, but the current was just strong enough I couldn't keep it solidly on the bottom. probably should ...more have upped the weight. I'll try less movement next time.
    3. Bryan Harper 0
      Nice Smallie
    4. when the water gets that cold, i'd do 1 of 3 things for smallies marked like that. drop shot, ned rig, or bladebait. for the drop shot and ned rig, i would ...more barely move it every couple of seconds. for hte bladebait i would lift it off the bottom just enough to make it twitch once or twice every 4-5 seconds. less is more when the water gets cold
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  5. No wonder she still loves to fish. She’s had some good ones. :)

    Rainbow Trout

    1. Bass Pirate 0
      It's weird. She'll hold trout, but doesn't want to stick her hand in a bass' mouth.
    2. That one touching the fish must be the other daughter that goes ywewwwww
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  6. Funny story about why we don’t use Barbie rods or other kid push button reels anymore: I was out fishing with my young girls...with Barbie rods. One of them gets ...more a big hit, sets the hook and starts reeling. Not only are these reels hard to reel with hefty fish, her line snapped inside the reel and quickly slipped out of the rod eyelets and into the water. Bummer... ...seconds later the other girl has a strike... or so we thought. As her lure came into the boat with no fish, we realized she had snagged the broken line of the first daughter’s fish. Happy ending: we hand reeled in this nice trout without the use of Barbie.

    Rainbow Trout

    1. Matt Palmisano 0
      Funny you mentioned this as I experienced the same problem with young daughter. I have 3 of these type of rod/reel sets. However, I replaced the push button reel ...more with light spinning reels and line and they work great. Because of their length, I had an idea to use them for Ice Fishing here in CT when the comes. We will see how that goes.
    2. Bryan Harper 0
      Basspirate- Damn sorry to hear about the motor! Good to have a determined Dad to get his girls back safely! 💪👍
    3. haha that's great
    4. JAMES CAGLE 0
      love to see kids fishing
    5. Bass Pirate 0
      Nice, Bryan. This was a particularly strange day like that too. We actually lost a crankbait a few minutes later only to accidentally snag it as well back into the ...more boat. Two super odd lucky snags within 30 minutes of one another. Although, later in the day the shaft on my motor broke, so I ended up rowing 2 miles against a small bit of wind, reaching the dock just at dark (with my two girls ~6 & 9 in the boat) - not so lucky.
    6. Bryan Harper 0
      Sweet! I have had a fish break off then return to the same area later that day to catch that same fish with my jig in its mouth!👍🎣
    7. jeff mcelroy 0
    8. Catfish Billy 0
      good story, fun stuff
    9. Buddy Pierce 0
      Nice work!!!
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  7. 3 lb. Largemouth Bass with a chatterbait

    1. Our Wisconsin Bass never get hugh either. 24 inch bass here only weighs around 5 to 6 lbs here.
    2. Bass Pirate 0
      Yeah, this lake is full of amazing fish... not so big as in the South/Midwest but amazing for Oregon and so many with great colors.
    3. Tod Fisher 0
      Some beautiful markings on that one. Nice fish
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  8. A super oldie. One of my first Bass in oregon back in 1992. Dad caught a bunch of little ones and I pulled him out.

    Largemouth Bass with a night crawler

  9. She loves catching these guys. :)

    Smallmouth Bass

    1. Scott Sorrell 0
      Me too
  10. Back from my trout stream days. Ultra light gear, ultra spooky trout in tight cover, but gorgeous native fish. All released.

    Cutthroat Trout with a rooster tail


Catch all ya can, throw 'em all back; Dead fish bite no lures.

Fishing Favorites

  • Species Smallmouth Bass
  • Waterway Willamette River, Oregon
  • Lure modified ned rig