This outing is to visit Freshwater Trust’s fish habitat restoration projects in the Upper Sandy. This wouldn’t be a fishing trip but more educational on what efforts are going on near Portland to restore native fish habitat, specifically Coho, Chinook, and Steelhead. More information to come as we get closer to the date.
This relatively small lake – about 15 acres – is in a forested setting in the Nehalem drainage of the Coast Range Mountains. Good bank access around entire lake.
What to fish for:
Stocked with rainbow trout from March to mid-September. Surplus adult hatchery winter steelhead are stocked, when available, from December to February.
All lake-fishing techniques for trout can be effective. Fishing sand shrimp beneath a bobber can be productive for the surplus steelhead. Also suitable for float tubes, pontoons, canoes and other small boats.
This is our annual joint meeting with Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited. Note that this meeting will be held at the Lucky Lab in Multnomah in the upper room. Mia and Marty Shepard will be our guest speakers for this evening. Come mingle with the two clubs and learn more about fly fishing.
Best Fishing in Oregon
Vernonia Pond Fishing
Vernonia Pond is a great spot for anglers of all skill levels to catch a variety of fish, including rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie and other panfish.
Also known as Vernonia Lake, this 45-acre man-made reservoir sits right on the edge of the small city of Vernonia, located in Columbia County northwest of Portland. Access to this city park pond is as good as it gets for bank anglers, with a trail encircling the pond, with two fishing docks, a platform area and plenty of other spots to reach the water to cast. It’s set up well for kids and people with disabilities.
You also can launch a small boat here from a gravel ramp near the parking lot, but no gas motors are allowed. It’s a great spot for a float tube, kayak or other small craft.
Fishing is especially popular here during the spring, when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks thousands of hatchery-reared rainbow trout here. Expect the first planting to be timed with Oregon’s Spring Break in late March, and it’s likely ODFW will plan at least one more stocking by mid-spring. Follow the link at the bottom of this article for the current trout-stocking schedule. Trout fishing will be awesome for a few days after a planting and then taper off until the next one.
Within a very short time of spilling down the stocking truck’s chute, these fish will aggressively bite bait, lures and flies. Typical lake-fishing techniques will work here.
Meet up at the gravel boat ramp.
Gold Lake, situated in an open alpine forest, is a popular spot in both summer and winter. Although motors are not allowed on this small (100 acre, 25 feet deep) lake, canoes, rafts and rowboats provide excellent fishing access. Gold Lake is located about 28 miles east of Oakridge and 68 miles from the Eugene area, near Willamette Pass. Gold Lake is situated at an elevation of 4800 feet.
This lovely fly-fishing-only lake is perched just north of Cougar on FR 81, which leads to the Kalama Horse Camp and to the south side of Mount St. Helens. Float tubes, kick boats or canoes are a must on this body of water; boats with electric motors are permitted. A small campground is available with pit toilets. This can also be a day outing from Portland. A Discover Pass is required along with a Washington fishing license.
Rob Crandall of Water Time Outfitters will be our guest presenter. He will be sharing shad fishing on the Willamette and also other fishing opportunities in our area. This will be a great intro to shad fishing before our outing on Friday June 29th.
The Stonefly Maidens are holding their annual fly casting clinic on Saturday June 9. Learn the basics of rod set-up and casting. Clinic is held at Blue Lake Park in Fairview/Gresham. Click on our Casting Clinic tab for more information and registration.
Black Lake opens for fishing the fourth Saturday in April through October 31st. This small lake provides angling for planted rainbow trout, with largemouth bass and yellow perch more active as this shallow, weedy lake warms in the summer.
A primitive launch owned by the city is located on the northeast side of the lake. Limited shore access is available along Highway 101. The City of Illwaco Park has a boat dock and restroom facilities.
ry the Latest Tackle on the Water
The Sandy River Spey Clave brings the largest collection of Spey fly fishing tackle to be found anywhere in the world at any time. Companies such as Sage, RIO, Redington, Tibor, R.L. Winston, Echo, Simms, Airflo, Nautilus, Umpqua, Hardy, Scientific Anglers, Royal Wulff, Lamson, Temple Fork Outfitters, Thomas and Thomas, Bruce & Walker, Farlex Reels, Saracione Reels, Anderson Custom Rods, Beulah Rods, Hatch Reels, Pro Tube, Loop Tackle USA, R.B. Robert Meiser Fly Rods, and many more will be there. The best part is that you can try out all of this great gear on the water free of charge.
This 3-day event features:
- 25 FREE Educational on-the-water fly casting/fishing demonstrations.
- $10 Spey Casting Class, Friday afternoon
- FREE Food each day
- Hundreds of rod/reel/line outfits to try on-the-water for FREE.