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Good warmwater fishing near Albany?
I am kind of new to the Albany area (just moved this winter) and wondering where some good warmwater fishing can be had nearby for bank fishing. My first post, I'm really enjoying the site, lots of great info
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There are the old Simpson Logging Ponds, that should produce. Look up Waverly Lake on Mapquest or Google Maps, then search to the north and maybe just a bit east.
There is also the Long Tom River, just south of Corvallis. Lot's of great smallie/laregmouth/crappie/cutthroat waters up to Fern Ridge reservoir near Eugene. Those waters are about 30 - 60 minutes away from Albany.
To the north, there's Minto Brown park and sloughs along the Willy and the south west part of Salem. Also 30 - 60 minutes away. If you mapquest it, you'll see the back roads OFF of I-5 which is faster (Ankeny Hill exit I believe).
And this ODFW link will give you plenty of other great choices:
i'm heading out that way (albany/corvallis area) myself in winter and i will definetly have the same questions about where to freshwater fish in the area too. i know the saltwater, the umpqua, coos, coquille, and rogue rivers. just not sure about fishable reservoirs, lakes and ponds in the willamette zone.
If you get a copy of this book, you can start your research now (plus by poking through the archived threads on here). It's got TONS of info. and is well worth the $30 price tag. And I just discovered that the publisher has a used copy of the 1st Edition (2007), for $19. PLUS, there is apparently a new edition of that book too!
Thanks for the info! I stopped by the Simpson park pond north of Waverly a few weeks back and saw tons of dead floating carp in the water. It made me a bit wary about fishing in it. I like to eat some of what I catch, it ok to eat the fish you catch there?