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The essential fly-fishing guide to Greater Portland, Oregon
From the tidewaters of the Columbia River to a host of other rivers as well as streams, ocean bays, and reservoirs, the wondrous and diverse region around Portland, Oregon offers something for every angler. But how do you know when and where to fish, how to get there, and what kind of gear to use? The answers are all here in Quick Casts: Portlandthe most accurate and up-to-date anglers resource available on a place that offers some of the finest sport fishing in the Pacific Northwest.
Local angler and author Jim Yuskavitch knows these waters, and here he brings together the information that will help other anglers fish them. Answering the questions every angler asks before setting out, he provides descriptions of fishing hot spots, including top locations. He provides a list of the game fish at each location and the best times to fish; tips on lures, flies, bait, tackle, and techniques; information on access and regulations; and maps and photos. An illustrated section describing the habits, habitats, and the best ways to fish for the regions huge variety of game fish rounds out this essential Portland-area angling companion.
Describes the state's fishing from the tidewaters to the high desert in the east.
The essential fly-fishing guide to the Greater Portland, Oregon, area, for residents and visitors.
Whether youre interested in trolling for salmon or fly-fishing for steelhead, dredging the Columbia for sturgeon or casting a spinner for bass, it may be surprising to learn that some of the best fishing in
the Northwest is only a lures toss away from the commotion of downtown Portland.
Combining a master anglers encyclopedic knowledge of fish behavior with an Oregonians love for the place, author Jim Yuskavitch shows us more than twenty locations all around the City of Roses, presenting each one with a set of concise driving directions, a quick look at the species to be caught at the location, and an indispensable, thumbnail description of the best techniques to use in order to bring that lunker to hand. Inside youll find:
• Descriptions of the areas game fish
• Tips on lures, flies, bait, tackle, and techniques
• Information on access and regulations
• Maps and photos
About the Author
Jim Yuskavitch is the author of several books, including Fishing Oregon (Lyons Press) and Outlaw Tales of Oregon (Globe Pequot Press). He was formerly the associate editor of Trout Magazine.
Table of Contents
II. Tips and Advice
Basic information on fishing in the greater Portland area, overview of available fish species and habitat preferences along with a discussion of anadromous fish run timing and some general fishing advice relating to the fishing locations highlighted in the book. Also reviewed would be angling license and tag requirements, and some important regulations such as those dealing with wild versus hatchery fish.
III. Northwest of Portland
1. Multnomah Channel, Willamette River
Opportunities for salmon, steelhead, shad, sturgeon, bass, walleye, catfish and perch about 40 minutes from Portland.
2. Gilbert River, Sauvie Island
Walleye, catfish, sturgeon and bass 50 minutes from Portland.
3. Smith and Bybee Lakes
Located about 15 minutes from downtown Portland, crappie, bullhead, bass, bluegill and perch.
4. Willamette and Columbia Rivers, Kelly Point Park
Good angling opportunities for sturgeon, salmon and steelhead at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, 25 minutes from Portland.
IV. Southwest of Portland
5. St. Louis Ponds
Rainbow trout and a variety of warmwater fish 50 minutes from Portland.
6. Henry Hagg Lake
Trout, bass, crappie and perch. A 60-minute drive from Portland.
7. Pudding River
Cutthroat trout, with small stream fishing opportunities in its tributaries. 45 minutes from Portland.
8. Gales Creek
A first-rate and accessible winter steelhead and trout stream 45 minutes from Portland.
9. Tualatin River at Cook Park
Good opportunities to use a float tube or pontoon boat to catch bass. About 20 minutes from Portland.
10. Willamette River at George Rogers Park
Catch a variety of Willamette River warmwater species where Oswego Creek flows into the main river. 20 minutes from Portland.
11. North Fork Yamhill River
Nice, small stream angling for native, wild cutthroat trout 45 minutes from Portland.
V. Southeast of Portland
12. Clackamas River at Carver Park
A 30-minute drive from Portland. Fish available, depending upon the time of year, includes Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead, along with rainbow trout.
13. Clackamas River at Milo McIver Park
Chinook and coho salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout. It is a 55-minute drive from Portland.
14. Sandy River at Oxbow Park
Excellent bank and wading access 50 minutes from Portland to fish for Chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead.
15. Sandy River at Sandy Hatchery
A 50-minute drive and 30-minute hike to the Sandy River to catch steelhead and Chinook and coho salmon.
16. Eagle Creek at Bonnie Lure Park
Another top, easily accessible Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead stream 45 minutes from Portland.
17. Molalla River
A spring Chinook and winter steelhead stream 50 minutes from Portland.
18. Clackamette Park, Willamette River
Fishing for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and warmwater species at the junction of the Willamette and Clackamas rivers 25 minutes from Portland.
19. Estacada Lake
A reservoir on the Clackamas River 50 minutes from Portland offers fishing for steelhead, trout, and coho and Chinook salmon.
20. Sandy River at Lewis and Clark State Park
Fishing for salmon and steelhead where the Clackamas River enters the Columbia River, 25 minutes from Portland.
VI. Northeast of Portland
Nearby Fishing in Washington State
A brief overview of nearby fishing opportunities across the state line including licensing and tag requirements, and other considerations of note to non-resident anglers.