Bank fishing steelhead

Fattie

Member
I know fisherman hold their holes close to their hearts (and away from their lips). I understand that. But i need help.
Quarantine life has finally given me the time to spend diving into one of my passions, fishing. For the first time in my life, I'm moving beyond bank fishing for trout. I'm after steelhead. (I'm also picking up surf fishing!) The downside though, is that I'm still stuck on the bank. Primarily, and ideally, I'm on the bank of the Mckenzie. I have a lot of history and many irreplaceable memories there, and i live in Springfield. Plus- I've heard legends of a particular hole there, where one can catch the illusive beast. Sadly, I am unfamiliar with the details.

So I ask you all: please.. find it in your hearts to share your knowledge of any locations wherein i can finally land my white whale without the need of private property or a boat.
(For personal and dietary reasons, i am not interested in main stem Willamette)
Thank you,
Fat
 

Artwo

Active member
There are summer steelhead in the Sandy, Clackamas, S. Santiam right now. It is a little early, but there are some around as I know of some being caught, some but not many.
 

tomdidi

New member
The charm of steelhead fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

A very important lesson starts around 3:00


 
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Fattie

Member
Yeah, i get it. I don't have any unreasonable expectations. I'm still out there throwing lines. I just asked for a couple location pointers since i don't have a boat.
 

Casting Call

Active member
Fattie ............Thanks for your bio. I am in the central coast area. I will be of no help to you. As in the video, go make your own fishing paradise. The Illinois River has thousands of bank spots to explore. As my good friend Pinstriper says GO FISHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tONY
 

flylooper

New member
Fattie, if it's the Mac you intend to fish, I would recommend just taking a ride up Hwy 126 and just check out the roadside pullouts between Hendricks Park and Leaburg Dam. There are not a lot of spots which are easily accessible but there are a few. Biggest tipoff is when you see cars parked alongside the highway. Some of the boat ramps have good wading opportunities, too.
 

winstonfish

New member

I feel your pain brother. I was exactly where you are 4 years ago , when the ol Timer workin at Fishermans gave me the single most important tidbit that completely changed everything for me .
Pontoon boat. Specifically a 9’ inflatable pontoon boat. Not as sturdy or roomy as a drift boat, but Perfect for bouncing hole to hole, FINALLY fishing that one hole you always see people in boats killing it but it’s public property... now you can! (Below higjh water mark)
In fact, I got tired of paying 20 bucks for a shuttle every time so I got another one.
So now I have two setups, complete with oars,life jackets , rod holders. etc.
I’ve taken guys from a couple of the Facebook groups and no problems so far.
Let me know if you ever want to go.
 

Casting Call

Active member
Nothing going on! Siletz needs some freshwater runOFF for fish to start moving upstream, that's the character of the Siletz for decades. Don't waste your time and money. Stay away. Go home. Don't make the drive for nothing. Too much debris in the water, unattended vehicles not safe. Fished the of Siletz all week no take-downs. Seen no boats on the water. Tony
 

FishermansHarvest

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Nothing going on! Siletz needs some freshwater runOFF for fish to start moving upstream, that's the character of the Siletz for decades. Don't waste your time and money. Stay away. Go home. Don't make the drive for nothing. Too much debris in the water, unattended vehicles not safe. Fished the of Siletz all week no take-downs. Seen no boats on the water. Tony

The guy next to me brought one in to keep this morning. Was about 8am or so. Quitting guarantees no bites I suppose :)
 

Casting Call

Active member
"show me the money" Siletz is my home waters for 25yrs. Haven't heard anything by the L.C. network, Siletz tribe included Depoe Bay The same network used if poachers backstrap. News travels from one end of Lincoln City to the other in 5min.
 

Fattie

Member
Thanks! I coincidentally already started planning a trip on Monday to the Siletz.. just waiting to find out if the wife and kid are tagging along. Of course I'm still chasing steelhead.. but I'm also chasing sea run cutthroat, and the cooler weather.
 
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