Lakes Ford's Pond 2021

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A year and 2 weeks ago I discovered my favorite bass lake in Oregon, Ford's pond.

I visited again today and had my first real kayak trip of the year, and caught my first bass of the year

Most of the day was 45-50 degrees, I caught 3 fish on a rattletrap before 3pm, but about then the wind completely died and the sun began to break the clouds, and it was over. Nothing worse to me than completely still conditions

Fish were moved up out of the deepest holes, maybe pre-pre-spawn, none of them had any signs of bedding but they were definitely healthy overall and been eating already.

The pond itself is a tad high, and cleaner than I was hoping, "Friends of Ford's pond" the volunteer group combined with the city have added 3 picnic tables around the walking trail and done a lot of brush clearing. There is also a plan to lay an asphalt trail around half the pond and allow handicap access from the lower lot, with eventual plans to add a visitor center/park on the southeast lot.

Glad to see it cleaned up, but I also expect it to see more fishing pressure than ever before.
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Congrats on the first bass of 2021. Glad to see you back in the yak!
 
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Awesome! I have not even begun to think about bass fishing. Not many small waters up around Portland that have decent bass populations. I just have to wait a bit for the water to warm up in the bigger waters. You definitely got my casting hand twitching :)
 
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Awesome! I have not even begun to think about bass fishing. Not many small waters up around Portland that have decent bass populations. I just have to wait a bit for the water to warm up in the bigger waters. You definitely got my casting hand twitching :)
I've seen a few good fish pulled from blue lake recently on Facebook, fishing real slow from the main fishing dock

As long as it wasn't a weekend you could definetly kayak it?

It gets way too busy on weekends with boaters and watersports

Or head this way and we can fish down here!
 
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I've seen a few good fish pulled from blue lake recently on Facebook, fishing real slow from the main fishing dock

As long as it wasn't a weekend you could definetly kayak it?

It gets way too busy on weekends with boaters and watersports

Or head this way and we can fish down here!

@NKlamerus that is a great idea. I have never fished Blue Lake. I think it is pretty easy to launch a kayak there (I know you can bring your own this time of year, just not during the summer).

I looked and the drive to Ford pond is over 2 and 1/2 hours from here. That is more than I want to drive. However you have me thinking. I should look at fishing some of the coastal lakes. I can get to a handful of different lakes in 1.5hours. That is definitely doable. I have never fished any of those lakes up this way since I always just fish the Willamette, Columbia or Hagg once things warm and I am deep into bass mode.

If the wind forecast holds this weekend I will probably fish Merwin for kokanee but I am going to start some serious thinking about the coastal lakes (and blue lake).

Maybe some day we can meet somewhere in the middle somewhere and do some fishing!
 
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