Steelhead on the John Day 11/05/09

My best day of fishing EVER :cool: 12 Steelhead caught between my bro and I, along with a few big suckers (one of which fought like a steelie!) and a Pike Minnow. But the best part is I got my first fin clipped steel! I nice sized one too, that fought like a mother. In fact both our hatchery steels fought like natives. Must be the river :D I love that place.

All fish caught under bobber and sand shrimp, #1 and #2 hooks, braided mainline and 10lb leaders, in the deeper slower holes.

Fished sunrise to sunset which made for a LONG day. By the end, the drive and the hiking miles in waders and shoes not meant for hiking, equaled blisters and sore, sore legs, and a pulled hamstring.

And I'd do it again tomorrow if I had the time and gas money :D





This shot was one in a million with our camera!









My keeper!



Nick's keeper (holding it close to the camera to try to make it look as big as mine :lol:)



 
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metalmania

Guest
Nice fish man:clap:. I love that shot with the hot steelie blasting out of the water, truly a classic:D.
 

Anyfishisfine

Active member
I was invited but didn't go. :(

More proof you only catch fish when I'm not there. In fact you always catch fish when I'm not there, and never when I am. :think:

Awesome day though!
 
I was invited but didn't go. :(

More proof you only catch fish when I'm not there. In fact you always catch fish when I'm not there, and never when I am. :think:

Awesome day though!
John Day is a different place dude...luck has nothing to do with it. You go with us next time and you WILL catch steel :D
 

rainman

Member
I'm planning a trip for John Day steel sometime the end of this week, not before Thursday. Never fished there before, am really looking forward to breaking virgin ground.
Will be fishing out of a 15ft. Smokercraft, or the bank if I find a fishy looking spot. Gonna use sand shrimp, roe, spinners, bobber and jig, wiggle warts, whatever it takes to score.
Launching from Le Page Park. Perhaps I'll see a few OFFers there as well.

What's up with that Albert Philippe Park ?? I see no roads going in on Google Earth.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 
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loubob

Member
I'm planning a trip for John Day steel sometime the end of this week, not before Thursday. Never fished there before, am really looking forward to breaking virgin ground.
Will be fishing out of a 15ft. Smokercraft, or the bank if I find a fishy looking spot. Gonna use sand shrimp, roe, spinners, bobber and jig, wiggle warts, whatever it takes to score.
Launching from Le Page Park. Perhaps I'll see a few OFFers there as well.

What's up with that Albert Philippe Park ?? I see no roads going in on Google Earth.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Rainman, Easy fishery, you will see when you get there.
The only thing you need to be wary of, is the wind! Your Smoker
will fit! Philippi Park is a boat in, park. The rest rooms may be closed
now, however. Popular with water skiers.
Accross from Philippi (west)you will see a steep hill, with several
very old slides. Start trolling or bobber fishing there. (between the slides).
You can get in line and troll behind the rest. When you get one on
just slide out to the middle.
North of the park, there is a fence that drops to the water,
use caution here--very shallow.
On the south side, on East bank is a good place to bobber fish.
Most pull plugs from there to just above the power lines.
Watch for moss and weeds. Shallows also.
Good luck!
 

rainman

Member
Rainman, Easy fishery, you will see when you get there.
The only thing you need to be wary of, is the wind! Your Smoker
will fit! Philippi Park is a boat in, park. The rest rooms may be closed
now, however. Popular with water skiers.
Accross from Philippi (west)you will see a steep hill, with several
very old slides. Start trolling or bobber fishing there. (between the slides).
You can get in line and troll behind the rest. When you get one on
just slide out to the middle.
North of the park, there is a fence that drops to the water,
use caution here--very shallow.
On the south side, on East bank is a good place to bobber fish.
Most pull plugs from there to just above the power lines.
Watch for moss and weeds. Shallows also.
Good luck!
Most excellent!!! Thanks, man.
I will start at the slides and go from there.
 
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