Mountain Lakes are Ready

This is the time of year when I love to drag the boat and kids up the mountain to escape the heat.  A couple of weeks ago I took a group up to Lake Timothy and we had a fantastic time.  Here are some tips for you if you’re considering going up there or another mountain lake that allows motorized boats on the water.

The setup is fairly simple, we would run a ford fender or string flasher with a wedding ring approximately 18 inches behind.  Then we would put 1/2 to 1 1/2 ounces of lead above the flashers to help get the gear down a little bit.  Lastly, thread half a nightcrawler onto your hook and troll the edges of the lake in 15 to 25 feet of water at about 1.5 mph.

If you’re getting lots of bites but nothing is sticking, try going with an even smaller worm as the fish are sometimes finicky.

If you’re not able to get up the mountain to escape the heat, then maybe you should get your home cooled off.  Check out the guys at Multnomah Heating as they come highly recommended and have been working in the Portland area for over 30 years.

Spring Salmon Are Here!

spring chinookThis is the year!  Last year I didn’t even get a chance to get out on the water for Spring Chinook.  But this year is the year… once I get my boat working.  It really is true, “nothing but a hull in the water you throw money into.”

This year, as you probably heard, over 2 million salmon are expected to return to the Columbia River, with the largest portion of that to occur during the Summer and Fall seasons.  But don’t overlook the Spring fishery.  There are already some great reports coming in daily about fish being caught in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Lastly, a word from our sponsors over at Willard Duct Cleaning.  Don’t forget to have your HVAC system cleaned out as Spring time can definitely cause an increase in allergies.  Having your home’s duct system cleaned out can help alleviate a lot of that discomfort.

Now back to fishing.