Anyone hunting smallies?

elmucho
I'm heading to Le Page Park campground tomorrow for a week of small mouth fishing from that campground - I fished it last year and it was so fun I made it a point to get back there again this year (I'm from San Diego btw so that's a big commitment). If anybody has a recent report on John Day conditions where it meets the Columbia I would be super interested. Last year I fished small poppers exclusively (I'm a fly angler) and I loved it - anybody have any other fly suggestions - I'm also bringing a light spinning rod and small plastics.

Finally - I have to drop off the in-laws at the Eugene airport at 3am a couple Saturdays from now - is there any small or large mouth fishing that is worth putting in the effort in that area? I will have a Hobie kayak with the 180 pedal drive.

Thanks in advance for any tips you might have!
 
jamisonace
Went for a ride with the fly rod to Mack Brown. Grabbed the rod with the crappy tapered line so casting was a problem. I knew better than to take the phone for pics because I always end up wading too far and falling in. Today was no exception. Fished for about 30 minutes on a small riffle I could wade to and caught two tiny bass. The swim and wet ride home felt really good.
 
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jamisonace said:
I knew better than to take the phone for pics because I always end up wading too far and falling in.
With as much time as you spend on/in/near water I'm surprised you don't have a waterproof phone. I know mine has made life a lot easier for me.
 
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Snopro said:
With as much time as you spend on/in/near water I'm surprised you don't have a waterproof phone. I know mine has made life a lot easier for me.
Never thought about that. I'll look into it. Thanks!

My daughter bought me a waterproof case that is on a lanyard but it's kind of a pain so it just sits in my truck.
 
Snopro
Yeah WP cases seem like a pain. When I'm over deep water I keep my phone on a tether and call it good.

The first time I dropped it in 2 feet of water and watched it function normally resting on the bottom was a trip.
 
Oregunner
I got 6 fishing the Umpqua this morning. The one nice one was so full of crawdads, I don’t know how he got my plastic worm in his mouth. Water temp was up to 70.
 
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Got a bunch of smallies fishing John Day at LePage Park campground - including my personal best... all on topwater fly (7wt rod):

Was kind of a crazy morning of fishing - fished topwater just about the whole morning. There was a two hour window where the smallies were chasing bait and blowing up, slashing the surface like the rooster fish swarms we fish in Southern Baja. It was unreal.
 
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elmucho said:
Got a bunch of smallies fishing John Day at LePage Park campground - including my personal best... all on topwater fly (7wt rod):
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Was kind of a crazy morning of fishing - fished topwater just about the whole morning. There was a two hour window where the smallies were chasing bait and blowing up, slashing the surface like the rooster fish swarms we fish in Southern Baja. It was unreal.
Wow great fish!
 
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elmucho said:
Got a bunch of smallies fishing John Day at LePage Park campground - including my personal best... all on topwater fly (7wt rod):
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Was kind of a crazy morning of fishing - fished topwater just about the whole morning. There was a two hour window where the smallies were chasing bait and blowing up, slashing the surface like the rooster fish swarms we fish in Southern Baja. It was unreal.
What is a "rooster fish swarm"?
 
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yep - a swirling hive of roosters all pissed off with their combs sticking out of the water ready to devour a sardina! You got it!
 
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