Long Tom River Fishing Reports 2019

chris_the_wrench

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I was hoping to get some info thats more recent and specific. I've fished the river immediately 'below' Fern Ridge(the north side), in addition I've fished up near the dam/old water mill in Monroe. Warm water fish bass, crappie, bullheads. Access is the big issue with fishing the Long Tom. Very few public access points and most are severely overgrown with blackberries/poison oak and very steep drops down into the water.

I want to float from below Fern Ridge upto the dam in Monroe, in a 10' porta-boat and hopefully access more fishable zones. I've studied google maps as much as possible and I don't see any spillways or dams during that run. I believe I've found spots I can successfully drop the boat into and remove from the water, both places not easy but hopefully manageable.

Does anyone have any more knowledge of this section of the river.

Thanks
Chris
 

troutdude

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The stretch from below the Fern Ridge dam, downstream to the racemill/breakdam in Monroe, is indeed mostly private land. And you're quite right about tons of poison oak. Ergo I've never fished that stretch. I've fished many spots on that river. But never above the Monroe dam. So I can't really help answer your questions. But I would definitely urge you to wear a PFD; and don't do it alone in ice cold water.

If you wind up doing it, let us know how it went. And I'd love to see some pics, of that stretch. I've never seen any pics, of that area. Ever. And I fished it as early as '65.
 

C_Run

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Last year I scouted as many roads as I could down that way that crossed the Long Tom looking for a place to drop in a kayak.
With all the current and blackberries, I was not confident I could get back to a starting point. Maybe a tougher person could do it. I'll bet it's fishy, though. Check out PK Yi's old video.

Bass fishing on the Long Tom
 
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chris_the_wrench

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Last year I scouted as many roads as I could down that way that crossed the Long Tom looking for a place to drop in a kayak.
With all the current and blackberries, I was not confident I could get back to a starting point. Maybe a tougher person could do it. I'll bet it's fishy, though. Check out PK Yi's old video.

Bass fishing on the Long Tom
I've seen that video, thanks. Do you know where that wooden bridge is he's fishing near? I don't recognize it, so I'd guess it's north of Monroe.

You fish out this way much? I live out this direction and try to fish any body of water I can find out here.

I have convinced a shuttle driver for this weekend, so hopefully I can check it out and report back after Sunday. Depends on rain and what it does to water levels in the river. That launch by Kirk Ponds is sketchy, at best!

-Chris
 

troutdude

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I'm pretty sure that is the Hubbard Rd. bridge. Which, I believe, is currently impassable. But you can park in front of the blockade on the Hwy. 99 side.

Edit: on the other side of 99, at that bridge, is Dawson Road.

The only other lower river bridges (South of Monroe) are at Stow Pit Road (upstream / south) from Hubbard. And at Old River Rd. before it empties into the Willy.

@PKYi Maybe PK will chime in, and narrow it down.

P.S. You've got me wanting to look for bank access, this spring! My dad, and I, used to have private bank access just above the Hubbard Street bridge. Got lots of Crappie, just like the slabs in PK's vide, back in the day! I'll ask for permission first, before fishing any private land.
 
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C_Run

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Nope, I have not fished there at all yet, just curious because I drive through there off and on. If you go, please give a report.
 
These are the trout I hooked this last 2 months in my back yard on the long tom river by noti. Im Curious about the yellow spots on some of them? Hah every fish I caught there this year was between 7" and 14"... But the spots have all but died hardly seen any activity for weeks in any of the fishing holes on my property
 

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looks like a nice mixture of rainbows and coastal cutthroats, at this time of year, probably moving through your holes to spawning grounds. I'm hoping they all swam off strongly to make lots of baby trout...cheers, roger
 

troutdude

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Nice looking fish. What fun!

The one with the yellow patch...could it have a parasite, or have been poisoned somehow? Just a thought...
 
All accept 1 released promptly and swam off quick. Forgot to pinch my barbs one time and instantly regretted it.. Hooked a 10" cutthroat for a good litle fight. Was pretty deeply hooked right behind the tongue, it was a bleeder and the fish swam about 4 feet and wouldn't dive. Gave her about a minute before I went out to my armpits and brought her back and tried to get her swimming... Was delicious on rits crackers though. Out of all the fish I've ever caught on my property over the years it was the only one I knew died..
 

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Between august and mid december I probably landed 40+ trout out of a 200ft stretch of river with 2 holes about 7ft deep each. That rubber boot the fish are next to is a size 14 also hah some of the biggest trout ive nabbed out of there ever this year though. About 11 years ago my brother caught a hog that was a lil over 15"... By far the biggest trout ive seen out of my property. It was only a litle longer then the ones I caught this year but it was much fatter
 

chris_the_wrench

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Between august and mid december I probably landed 40+ trout out of a 200ft stretch of river with 2 holes about 7ft deep each. That rubber boot the fish are next to is a size 14 also hah some of the biggest trout ive nabbed out of there ever this year though. About 11 years ago my brother caught a hog that was a lil over 15"... By far the biggest trout ive seen out of my property. It was only a litle longer then the ones I caught this year but it was much fatter
You know of any public access to the river up there by Notti?

I've caught a few cutthroat in the Long Tom where it feeds into fern ridge and I have wanted to check out some more of the upper parts. I've fished the upper part by the Alderwood wayside once in the summer, wrong time of year water was way too low.

-Chris
 
You know of any public access to the river up there by Notti?

I've caught a few cutthroat in the Long Tom where it feeds into fern ridge and I have wanted to check out some more of the upper parts. I've fished the upper part by the Alderwood wayside once in the summer, wrong time of year water was way too low.

-Chris
There's a small bridge on knight road ive seen people fishing for years. Its the first bridge you would come too if you turn off of hw126. Never tried it personally? There's decent acces on the road I live up called green cr under the wood bridge... But my neighbors cook meth and stash stolen cars there... So bring a gun.. Hah or go to the end of poodle creek where it hooks up to hw36, take a left on 36 and about half a mile up there's 2 good pullouts on the right with a decent litle park? Never tried it eather but with some waders I bet you could do some damage? It can be a fun litle river or the worst snag ditch you wish you'd never tryed..
 
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