McMinnville's Joe Dancer Park?

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Fairly new to the area, and have been out to some area ponds lately. But was wondering about something closer to home here in McMinnville. Looking at the map, it seems like there might be access to the Yamhill at Joe Dancer Park. Has anyone tried fishing there before? I assume it isn't posted or anything, but what's in there and how do you catch 'em?

(I assume you don't probably want to eat anything out of there, also.)
 
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There is access right down to the water at Kiwanis Park which is at the south entrance off of 3 Mile Lane. Never fished it but I see folks down there drowning worms and such. I'd guess bass and catfish. It's not posted since it is a City park.
 
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Check the fishing regs, I'm pretty sure they stock the Yamhill with Trout just south of McMinnville and if I remember right it's a pretty restrictive river. The fish in there are fine to eat, why wouldn't they be? ODFW tests water quality before they stock so if it was too dirty they wouldn't stock it.
 
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There is access right down to the water at Kiwanis Park which is at the south entrance off of 3 Mile Lane. Never fished it but I see folks down there drowning worms and such. I'd guess bass and catfish. It's not posted since it is a City park.

Knew the park was there, but wasn't sure if it went all the way to the river or not. Though from reading the regs, looks like just flies and lures on streams, which blows. Am sure you'd do great with a worm or two. And makes it tough for kids that way, too.
 
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Tried that today with the kid. Usually get some nice bass from there. There is an old boat launch there. Floods ruined it and no one ever fixed it up.

When I went there today, there are danger signs. I kept going and found that most of the road and part of the old boat launch has fallen into the river. There is NO other access to the river along Joe Dancer Park. I have walked the whole thing and the brush is not passble to the river. Dont waste your time.
 
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There are a few farm ponds north of Westside Rd. that hold some huge bass. If you catch the farmer on a good day they sometimes allow catch and release.
Can try the boat launch in Newberg (on the Willy). Not a ton of bank but have caught bass, trout, steelhead, salmon and seen a sturgeon caught there.
Also Yamhill Locks Park (east of Layfette on 99) Good bank access. Good bass. Seen some salomon there but dont know it they are legal or not.
Dayton has a boat launch. very little bank access but can get some nice bass and carp.
Boat launch in St. Paul on the Willy also. Smoe bank access.
Wheatland Ferry has tons of bank access and boat launch. Catch almost everything there. (on the Willy)
Yamhill river out by Willimina and the casino has some trout.
Try Willimina Pond for trout and bass.
Take a drive up to East Lake (need a 4WD)

That should keep you busy for a while.......
 
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Tried that today with the kid. Usually get some nice bass from there. There is an old boat launch there. Floods ruined it and no one ever fixed it up.

When I went there today, there are danger signs. I kept going and found that most of the road and part of the old boat launch has fallen into the river. There is NO other access to the river along Joe Dancer Park. I have walked the whole thing and the brush is not passble to the river. Dont waste your time.

The slide occured on the 21st of May. The City is working with the appropriate agency's to at least stabilize the bank. Don't count on any improvements however since there is no budget for it.
 
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Knew the park was there, but wasn't sure if it went all the way to the river or not. Though from reading the regs, looks like just flies and lures on streams, which blows. Am sure you'd do great with a worm or two. And makes it tough for kids that way, too.

If you fish the Mainstem up to the confluence of the N. Fork & S. Fork, you can use bait. But, not on either of the forks.

And don't use GULP! Power Worms either...they are considered BAIT even though they are "artificial". It is illegal to use anything other than flies and lures (spinners, spoons, etc). This is clearly described in the regs.

Good luck.
 
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There are a few farm ponds north of Westside Rd. that hold some huge bass. If you catch the farmer on a good day they sometimes allow catch and release.
Can try the boat launch in Newberg (on the Willy). Not a ton of bank but have caught bass, trout, steelhead, salmon and seen a sturgeon caught there.
Also Yamhill Locks Park (east of Layfette on 99) Good bank access. Good bass. Seen some salomon there but dont know it they are legal or not.
Dayton has a boat launch. very little bank access but can get some nice bass and carp.
Boat launch in St. Paul on the Willy also. Smoe bank access.
Wheatland Ferry has tons of bank access and boat launch. Catch almost everything there. (on the Willy)
Yamhill river out by Willimina and the casino has some trout.
Try Willimina Pond for trout and bass.
Take a drive up to East Lake (need a 4WD)

That should keep you busy for a while.......

Yamhill Locks Park, and Dayton area, have BIG Crappie too. Those would be fun for the kiddos.

And don't forget about Henry Hagg Lake. It's not too terribly far from you. It holds huge trout and smallies and some crappie too.
 
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Have been wanting to check it out -- might this weekend -- but is there decent fishing out at the Yamhill Locks?
 
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they have the boat ramp closed down thats the only bank access i know of. I wish I could find some more I know one near Amity but thats it.
 
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From "Fishing in Oregon"...

"There is also bank fishing at Yamhill Locks Park, where large crappie are known to hold inside the abandoned lock structure. Check the big eddy below the lock and cascade as well. Bass, bluegill, perch, catfish, trout, and even salmon have been taken here on occasion."

It is also fishable by boat, too, if you can find a launch. There is a ramp/launch at Dayton.
 
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Is the yamhill locks park part of the south yamhill river? where you can only use artifical lures or can you also use bait there?
 
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Yamhill Locks Park is just a hair SE of Lafayette. It may be the mainstem Yamhill, but I'm not an expert (only been there once or twice). So, you may want to ask a local peep.
 
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chub!!! damn chub is all i ever caught there using worms. I suppose there are bass in there but i never caught any...Dayton is the place to do or Lafayette has a good hole down by the park in town. Never had luck out of Joe Dancer though but give it a shot.
 
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There is NO other access to the river along Joe Dancer Park. I have walked the whole thing and the brush is not passble to the river. Dont waste your time.[/QUOTE]

I just got back from fishing around Dancer park. Lots of access. Pulled a nice 2 1/2 pound bass out of there and a few the size of my hand. It's amazing how they'll take a lure half their size! aggressive lil' guys! I would suggest going back and trying again.
 
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Tried that today with the kid. Usually get some nice bass from there. There is an old boat launch there. Floods ruined it and no one ever fixed it up.

When I went there today, there are danger signs. I kept going and found that most of the road and part of the old boat launch has fallen into the river. There is NO other access to the river along Joe Dancer Park. I have walked the whole thing and the brush is not passble to the river. Dont waste your time.
Not 100% true the no other way to the yamhill river in Joe dancer but the washed out boat ramp if you drive all the way in the park and keep going past the skate park and past the kiddy play land and past the soccer fields till your at the last parking spot in the little parking lot that seems out of place in the first place well that where you get your gear lock up your ride and start walking in the direction of the tree line you will see the Town E's style machete blazed cut out trail to the water follow it great Beach for fishing and swimming in the summer I used to spend long hot days there with my daughter that was back before she was a teenager but times have changed a lot over just a few short years enter at your own risk the homeless the danger druggies and the mentally I'll are by circumstance being pushed into the Sherwood Forest like hideaways so that thay can slam a 14% slurricane and sit down and smoke the cigarette butts they collected from the ashtray s around town or find your self face to face with some deranged tweaker experinceing psychosis you never know
 
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