Helping my little kid get started on fishing

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Raysmom

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Hello All,

My 5 year old son Ray is crazy about fishing and I don't know enough to be of much use helping him. He loves to watch you tube channels of fishermen and they are always fishing along wonderful forested creeks making it look easy. I am most at a lost about where to take him that has some of that magic. We've been to stocked ponds and reservoirs and even trout farms but they are not wilderness and he knows it and is always a little disappointed. I'd like to get him to a more wild stretch of a creek but I'm not sure where it's legal to get access. I think it's less important that he catch fish than that he gets to see someplace more inspiring. I'm looking at Rock Creek outside Vernonia and wondering if there's somewhere we can access by what look like logging roads in google maps? Or other ideas people have? We live in Portland, east side but can drive anywhere really. Also, we're pretty intrepid and willing to bushwhack to get to a pretty place. And if there happen to be wild mushrooms along the way, all the better.

Thank you in advance for any advice.
 
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Head to Cottonwood Canyon State Park on the John Day River for a campout. One of the longest undamed rivers in the lower 48 with tons of smallmouth bass. Great spot for a youngster to get plenty of practice catching wild fish.
 
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I understand you & your frustration, the young gentleman is hooked on the wild life he cannot see where he goes. I started fishing with my dad at about that age and my son was a about 10 or so when we started fishing. I wouldn't worry about hitting the woods yet unless you are camping. to me when I was little it was more about going out with my dad and when my son could go fishing it was about spending time with my son even if it was off the public piers in San Diego. However, when I was little, it was a bit different but it was still about spending time with my pop, even when I was in my 40's I loved spending time fishing with him...
fishing on tv is pffff, they only show you what makes it look good and that might be hard to get around. I can remember hiking into fish lake down by Tiller when it was still 5 miles in, I had to carry my sleeping bag in but I got to spend fishing with my dad. My first time camping was when I was 6 months old, now that I don't remember. For a while dad worked two jobs and that was difficult to understand, but time I spent with him when I was young was golden to me.. He is gone now and has been for many years, but the elk hide from our last elk hunt still drapes the back of my couch and my dad has been gone since 06. Spend time with him now, while you can and work around the best you can that stuff on tv. Try talking to him to find out what is so great on TV because sooner than you think the time you spend with him will become less and less. My dad told me once well after I was an adult.... Make your memories now because one day that is all you will have. He was so right.
 
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Thank you both for your replies!

For sure it is the time spent as a family outside that matters most, the kid won't even eat fish if it's not battered and fried. And yes the tv makes it look easy bc they edit down to the success part. The nice thing about going somewhere wild is you enjoy the day and see something valuable even if you don't catch fish.

We actually did try Cottonwood Canyon last fall, but no luck, our timing may have been off (midday). Still it's a beautiful place. We'll try there again. Here's the little guy with my husband (daddy) at Cottonwood Canyon trying their darndest.
 

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It's bit of a drive because you need to go the long way round now but I'd recommend the oak grove fork of the Clackamas between Timothy and Harriet lake. There's plentiful spots for free camping and river(stream really) access. The fish aren't large but they are feisty.
45.08133186395375, -121.88746968680434 these coordinates(or there abouts) are a great spot to try out. Additionally if the fishing isn't working you can motor down to Harriet to increase your chances.

There's also plenty of other opportunities in the area if you explore up FR 58. Make sure to pick up a forest service map for the area before heading out and check the regulations! Good Luck
 
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It's bit of a drive because you need to go the long way round now but I'd recommend the oak grove fork of the Clackamas between Timothy and Harriet lake. There's plentiful spots for free camping and river(stream really) access. The fish aren't large but they are feisty.
45.08133186395375, -121.88746968680434 these coordinates(or there abouts) are a great spot to try out. Additionally if the fishing isn't working you can motor down to Harriet to increase your chances.

There's also plenty of other opportunities in the area if you explore up FR 58. Make sure to pick up a forest service map for the area before heading out and check the regulations! Good Luck.

Yes! That! And there's a chance to find a few bigger fish where the stream flows into Lake Harriet. Casting and retrieving Thomas Buoyant spoons, or Rooster Tails (Fire Tiger pattern works best for me), for something similar would work. NOTE: bait may NOT be allowed. Please check the regulations, before you venture out.

Getting there:​

About 11 miles east of Government Camp on Hwy 26, turn south onto Forest Rd. 42 (Skyline Rd.), then west onto Forest Rd. 57, which leads to the lake. The road may be blocked by snow until June. An unpaved route from Estacada is considerably slower.

Also...trout fishing, in about 95% of our streams, CLOSES at the end of this month. So get out there while you can.

Here is a great trout fishing video series that you all may find helpful.


Tight lines, TD
 
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A few years ago we took my 5 year old grandson in law to Diamond lake and we got lucky, he reeled in 17 fish with the aid of my son, and at that time we were lucky with nothing under 16 inches..A few years later we were out at Diamond and he asked me how come I was catching more fish......My answer was simple....I was older...what I never told him was I have been fishing Diamond since about 1956 which would put me at about 8 and at that time if I remember right, I never caught very many then. I will give you a hint and this is something I have learned over the years,. Try putting an ajust-a-bubble on instead of a lead weight. Fill it full of water and put you bait above it by about a foot. If you are using power bait, that bubble will way upto 3/8 oz and will cast farther out in the water and will set on top of the weeds instead of going into the weeds and maybe drawing you bait down into the weeds with it. I have been using them for over 15 years and very often I will out fish others using lead as the casting weight
 

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