Alton Baker Canal reports 2020

OliverW

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I'll be out there tomorrow as well, look for the green ascend kayak,straw hat, and camo Crocs, can't miss me lol

Just stay east of the dog park, it's all relatively clean other than passer buys and occasionally someone sleeping under the concrete pathway bridge
It hasn't been too bad the times I've been there. Gonna grab my friend Sam and hopefully be out around 10. I'm gonna try and catch some of the black carp that are there. Saw a school of them last time right at the shore. If all else fails I'll go for some bass and trout. Catching bass never gets old tbh
 

NKlamerus

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On the water about noon and got off at 4, lots and lots of people fishing as well as just kayaking

I ended the day with 27 trout, one nice kicker! Plenty of fat short fish out there
 

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NKlamerus

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2 reports behind, I fished it on Thursday and Friday and caught plenty of trout both days!

It was stocked on Friday but the first were really grouped up, usually they disperse a little

One of them looked like it had escaped a hawk more than once, just unlucky I suppose
 

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bass

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Great job @NKlamerus ! I would have guessed that it would be too hot for trout. The Willamette around Portland is about 74 degrees right now. Is ABC spring fed? Any idea what the water temp is in the canal? Any idea what the Willamette temp is down your way?
 

NKlamerus

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Gonna hit up the Canal later next week. Where is the “Prime” spot? Also, what’s best for bait?
I prefer the pond but after they stocked it look for any action in the canals, youll see them schooled up In holes or feeding

Local guy throws powerbait every day, I throw a fake 3" worm on a jighead or a panther Martin
 

NKlamerus

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Great job @NKlamerus ! I would have guessed that it would be too hot for trout. The Willamette around Portland is about 74 degrees right now. Is ABC spring fed? Any idea what the water temp is in the canal? Any idea what the Willamette temp is down your way?
Not actually sure on temp but I may be able to find out!

The canal is fed by an inlet from the Willamette at West D boat ramp, there's a control there so the city/county(?) can control the water level, and drains back into the willamette under the Peter Defazio bridge, there is multiple water dams and runs between the two but I always hear stories of catching monster steelhead in the canal.

I've caught some natural unclipped trout there, figured they must have swam in from upstream
 

OliverW

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Maybe I'll see y'all out there, not sure what my plans are

Would be nice to see some clouds! Water there has got to be heating up quickly
I was out there for a few hours and had no bites the whole time I was there. My brother lost one of my spinners in a tree though 🤣
 

Mickdawg75

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Maybe I'll see y'all out there, not sure what my plans are

Would be nice to see some clouds! Water there has got to be heating up quickly
Was waaaaay too hot yesterday to have gone out. For me it would’ve been okay, but I also would have had my 19 month old daughter and my heat sensitive wife in tow, and chances are they would’ve been miserable.
 

hooksman

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I haven't been to the pond yet this year, though I'll have a lot of time OFF coming up so I'll probably try it a few times in the coming weeks. Evening seems like it might be too warm to fish with this hot weather, so I'll probably head over in the mornings. Got a new rod and some new tackle I want to try out. Are they still stocking it? Or have they suspended stocking with the heat? Anybody know?
 

NKlamerus

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I haven't been to the pond yet this year, though I'll have a lot of time OFF coming up so I'll probably try it a few times in the coming weeks. Evening seems like it might be too warm to fish with this hot weather, so I'll probably head over in the mornings. Got a new rod and some new tackle I want to try out. Are they still stocking it? Or have they suspended stocking with the heat? Anybody know?
They stocked it July 24th, I believe the keep going as it's river fed unlike Junction City, the water stays somewhat cooler.
 

NKlamerus

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Only 8 fish today, it was HOT out there but the wind about 6pm was a savior, even though if was ripping

About 730 the fish started feeding up top

From what I understand they stocked with 300 fish in the 24th, but they were all smaller fish with no trophies mixed in. Appears to be correct as the local guys haven't seen a decent fish out of there since my last one
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NKlamerus

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Also a few weeks ago one of the "No Parking" signs was missing, but someone has returned and remounted it, thanks for that

Parking lot is slammed this time of year, parking in the corner blocks the loading zone real quick
 

hooksman

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I think I'm gonna go tomorrow night. I want to try jigging in some of the weed beds south of the inlet and see if I can catch another yellow perch outta there. I caught one last summer right off the bank, it was maybe 8 or 9 inches and I threw it back. Anybody else ever catch a perch in the pond or the rest of the canal? I've been wondering if there are any larger perch hanging out in the less-fished sections.
 

NKlamerus

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I think I'm gonna go tomorrow night. I want to try jigging in some of the weed beds south of the inlet and see if I can catch another yellow perch outta there. I caught one last summer right off the bank, it was maybe 8 or 9 inches and I threw it back. Anybody else ever catch a perch in the pond or the rest of the canal? I've been wondering if there are any larger perch hanging out in the less-fished sections.
Yes, quite a few actually

In-between pikeminnow and trout


They are in a report somewhere on the forum, not sure if it's this one

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