Oregon Game Fish
This fish is not called a "King" for nothing. The King salmon is a spirited,
beautifully colored fish, that migrates for miles through oceans, rivers,
and streams every year to keep the species alive. They can be caught on
KwickFish lures and roe. These fish have been known to grow up to 80 lbs
and more. They bite hard, run fast, and they'll give you a fight you'll never
forget. Northern California is well known for its abundance of these fish
especially during the fall salmon run on the Columbia River.
Steelhead (Anadromous Rainbow Trout)
This highly prized game fish is an oceangoing trout that comes into the river system to spawn.
After spawning, Steelhead return to the ocean to repeat the cycle, and return as larger fish.
They are a monster of a fish—very smart—they keep you on your toes through tricks, like trying
to break your line by maneuvering it into snags and various other places. They are acrobats
that leap out of the water to shake the lure. They can be caught on roe, glo-bugs, various flies
and hard crank baits. They can be found in the Wilson River, the Trask River and the
Siletz River where fish up to about 19 lbs have been caught. When you hook one of these, be
prepared for a battle of wits.
These marauders stay deep in the bowels of the lake during the warmer months of the year.
In the cooler months they come up close to the banks and are very aggressive. They are
mainly caught in the winter when they will hunt and eat almost anything. You can catch
them on very fast moving baits which they really like to chase down. During the winter,
large lures are pulled very quickly along the banks to catch them. They can also be caught on
flies, glo-bugs, hard plastics, spinners and crank baits. They're good fighters and are very
tasty. They live in freshwater lakes, rivers and streams. Brown trout can be found in most all the lakes of
Oregon as well as the many rivers. Specimens have been caught up to 38 lbs.
These battlers are a highly prized game fish for fly and spin fishermen alike. They
are wary fish and can be finicky about what they will take or mistake as food. They
will go airborne immediately if they are hooked in shallow waters. Their acrobatics
can be spectacular and numerous as they try to dislodge your offerings from their
mouths. You can catch these scrappers on roe, glo-bugs, live bait (such as crickets
and worms), a variety of spinners and crank baits. They are a hard-fighting fish and
also great eating. In Oregon they live in freshwater lakes, rivers and
streams. They've been caught up to about 19½ lbs.
The sturgeon is a fish that goes back to prehistoric times. They are bottom feeders and
have cartilage rather than true bones. They take bait lightly and you must let them take
the bait and the hook long enough to get it into their cerbascus (sucker mouths). Hold on
tight and don't let go, because once you've hooked one of these guys, you won't have a
fight, you'll have a battle. You'll find you have muscles in your body you never knew
existed. They can be found in the Columbia River. They grow to be
very large and weights have been recorded in the triple digits. They've been known
to live over 100 years, and some experts believe they can live many years longer.
Their full life span is unknown.
The Striped bass is a saltwater species that comes into freshwater to spawn.
To watch them spawn is amazing: they do not make a nest, instead they spawn on the
surface. Sometimes when you are just sitting, quietly fishing, you might suddenly
see fish everywhere around you. Striped bass are also vicious and powerful, and
would like nothing more than to rip your line right off the reel. They'll attack
almost anything that looks like food and have been known to grow up to 75 lbs.
The Largemouth bass is a warm freshwater fish. In Oregon they are found
in many inland lakes. They can be caught with topwater hard
plastics and soft plastics, such as worms, grubs and tube baits. They're also a vicious
fish. They really slam topwater lures, especially in the spring. They're great fun,
really good eating, and grow up to about 20 lbs.
The Smallmouth bass is a cooler freshwater fish. They are found in many inland lakes.
They hit and fight harder than their warmer
water cousins, the Largemouth bass. They can be caught with the same baits as Largemouth
bass and are a great fish to serve at the table. They grow to about 9 lbs.
The Spotted bass can tolerate both the cooler and warmer waters. They are the most
vicious of all of the bass and will push out the other varieties in their habitat.
They can be found in many inland lakes. They'll give you a good fight.
Spotted bass can be caught on the same baits as the Largemouth and Smallmouth bass and
grow to about 9 lbs.
Known as the poor man's tarpon, the American Shad has a life cycle much like a salmon.
They're members of the herring family and are tons of fun to catch. They can be found
in the ___ rivers. Although they only grow to about
6½ lbs, you'll think you are fighting with a much larger fish. They will truly
test your equipment. Many 8-lb test lines have been broken by a 3-lb Shad. These are
schooling fish and are usually caught in great numbers.
Channel & Bullhead Catfish
Ictalurus Punctatus (Channel)
Ictalurus nebulosus (Bullhead)
While most people believe that a Catfish is just a bottom dweller...
nothing could be further from the truth. I prefer to call these fish,
"opportunistic feeders". These fish love live bait! Sure, they will
eat your offerings of stink bait, but they love fresh bait too. In
most cases, they would prefer live or recently deceased food, over dead
and laying bait. These fish "do" use their noses to locate their prey.
They generally bite softer than lots of other fish, but once they know
they're wanted, top-side they will go. They'll go to any length to
stay down, and not let you see them. They fight hard, and the bottom
is their friend, and "will" find any branch, rock or debri to try and
stay there. Catfish, of the Bullhead, Channel, and sometimes White
varieties, can be found in most all of the lakes and rivers in
Oregon. Average size is about 2-10 pounds, but some have
been caught up to 25 pounds and over
Pomoxis nigromaculatus (Black Crappie)
Pomoxis annularis (White Crappie)
The Crappie is a tasty panfish that lives in most ponds and lakes. They're not very
strong fighters, but they're a great starting fish for kids. They are usually caught
in schools, making them fun for kids. Catching piles of Crappie will give kids a great
sense of accomplishment. They grow up to about 4 lbs and can be found in __ lakes and
various ponds in the Oregon area.
Blue Gill (Sunfish)
The Blue Gill is one of the meanest little fish around with respect to its size, because
they only grow to about 1½ lbs. You can catch them on small grubs, worms,
small spinners and small flies. They are also a good starting fish for kids. Blue Gill are
usually found in schools and are caught in numbers. You'll find them in many inland lakes
and various ponds in Oregon. Blue Gill are a very tasty panfish.
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