Henry Hagg Lake Fishing Reports

Ashton

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Hey @Ashton , I would not go to Hagg. It fishes from shore OK when it is full but once it starts getting drawn down it is tough to fish from shore. If I had to fish Hagg right now from shore I would only fish the rip rap.
@bass Hey man thanks for the detailed response saved me some gas. Another question what do you mean about morning fish long? Also do you think a bandito bug or something like that will work or should I get the jig heads. Sorry about all the questions kinda new to this fishing thing

@bass @fromthelogo also seems like everywhere is sold out of everything any stores you guys know of I could find those things
 

fromthelogo

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Fisherman's Marine usually has the best supply in Portland. If they are out, I usually order from Bass Pro Shops. Sometimes you can find them on Amazon.
 

bass

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Sorry I was not very clear @Ashton

On the East side of the river the morning shade is long, on the West side the evening shade is long.

Cabela's in Tualatin is weirdly empty. I am worried they are going to close the store. I hope not but it seems hard to stay open with no fishing tackle. Fisherman's is definitely better stocked right now. I usually go to both stores and try to spread my money around but right now Cabela's seems to be a waste of gas.

I agree with @fromthelogo that Amazon is a good source for a lot of things. I have also had very good luck ordering from Tackle Warehouse.
 

Fishnsleep

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Decided to stay local and fish with my friend Chris, given the poor ocean forecast. The water temperature at Hagg Lake, according to my fish finder was 76.6 degrees. Very warm, especially for trout, the target species. Not having down riggers, and wanting to fish deep, due to the temperature, used a 3 oz bottom bouncer with a nightcrawler harness. I figured the trout would be in deeper cooler water.

The surprise was a beautiful largemouth bass that slammed the set up as we were trolling by the dam. Hagg Lake gets a lot of bass fishing pressure, it is known to contain large bass. To catch one this big was a real treat. The fish was released quickly after a couple of photos, to hopefully spawn and wait for the next lucky angler.


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bass

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Nice! Hagg has some nice bass but they get a lot of pressure and are generally kind of difficult to catch. It is really cool that you caught such a nice fish.

I have only fished Hagg a few times in the summer for trout. I use the same setup I always do, 10lb braid on my trolling rods (super thin) and a 6lb fluorocarbon leader. The only change I made for the summer was to use 2oz of lead. With the thin line and that weight I could fish very deep. I just troll for a bit and if I did not get bit then let out 10 more feet of line. Repeat until you find the magic depth. To help get deep I do not add any kind of bling. Just a 1/24oz roostertail with 1/2 nightcrawler. I do add a trailer hook.

I stopped fishing for trout in the summer because I pretty much only C&R and bringing them up to the warm surface water seemed to hurt them. They had a hard time recovering. If you are keeping them then I recommend trying the setup I describe. If you are fishing C&R it is better to let them be until the surface temp has cooled back into the mid to low 60s.
 

Fishnsleep

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Nice! Hagg has some nice bass but they get a lot of pressure and are generally kind of difficult to catch. It is really cool that you caught such a nice fish.

I have only fished Hagg a few times in the summer for trout. I use the same setup I always do, 10lb braid on my trolling rods (super thin) and a 6lb fluorocarbon leader. The only change I made for the summer was to use 2oz of lead. With the thin line and that weight I could fish very deep. I just troll for a bit and if I did not get bit then let out 10 more feet of line. Repeat until you find the magic depth. To help get deep I do not add any kind of bling. Just a 1/24oz roostertail with 1/2 nightcrawler. I do add a trailer hook.

I stopped fishing for trout in the summer because I pretty much only C&R and bringing them up to the warm surface water seemed to hurt them. They had a hard time recovering. If you are keeping them then I recommend trying the setup I describe. If you are fishing C&R it is better to let them be until the surface temp has cooled back into the mid to low 60s.
Thanks for the tip, I do enjoy eating them on occasion. Would have ate trout, had I caught any. I agree I would leave them alone in warm water, unless you plan to harvest/eat.
 

Aervax

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Congratulations. That is a spectacular bass! Well done on landing it, too. Those big pigs get away before netting more often than not. Surprise fish make for great fun.
 

bass

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@bass sorry about all the questions but what in your experience is the best spots on the east side and west side
I don't fish the East side from the bank but any place rocky is good. I know folks do well off of Elk rock island.

On the West side it is the same story. Any place you can get to that has rocks. George Rogers park in Lake Oswego, 10th street launch in West Linn, Mary S. Young park provides a lot of shoreline access. I usually scout for spots by looking at Google maps and slowly moving along the riverbanks.
 

bass

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I believe Sportsman bought out Cabel's (local franchise) Big fish eat little fish. Don't they? Tony
Hey @Casting Call , Bass Pro Shops bought Cabela's a few years back and took them private.

Having looked around a bunch I see empty shelves at a lot of stores. Sportsman's Warehouse off of 185th is pretty empty just like Cabela's. Fisherman's Marine's inventory is low but not as quite as bad as Cabela's or Sportsman's.

I am not sure if it is a supply chain issue or if they are all keeping their brick and mortar locations' inventories low since they don't think they will get the foot traffic. It seems like online ordering is not too bad.
 
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