Stripers

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grampa ron
Are there any striper fisherman on this forum? Is there anyone with a boat
that would like to go? I have been quite a few times when I had a boat. It's quite a trip. It involves fishing at night at this time of year. Usually cold and can be foggy.
 
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Kayaktreker
Did I hear Stripers, man that brings back memories, I didn't know they were this far North. Are they????? Season????

Thanks
 
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fishnquest
Yum, stripers

Yum, stripers

I didn't know stripers were up that far, either. One of my favorites for fishing and eating:). Would a 12ft fishing boat with a 6hp motor work? I'm gonna bring it with me to portland one of these days.
 
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Drew9870
I don't fish for stripers, but I would love too. The Umpqua river and the Smith River are the places in Oregon to go for stripers, the Smith River holds the World Record Striper caught on the fly, weighing 63lbs, they spawn late March through May
 
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Kayaktreker
Nice future fishman Fishnquest.

I guess I'll be doing some reseach on the Smith then. I know the Umpqua is famous for Fly Fishing, never heard of Striper belfor.

Thanks for the heads up.
 
C
cchinook
Smith River

Smith River

My wife is from Reedsport - and that river is as far as stripers go to the north - it has some big ones in it -
 
G
grampa ron
stripers

stripers

Yes this is the season. My best trip was 6 in one evening, worst is none.
 
C
Cascade
I have been wanting to try Stripper fishing for years now, used to have a house on the smith years back, but never had the chance to get out on a boat in the tide water... i do have access to a boat now and i am in Eugene , could make it to the coast sometime next month or two to try this out. would be nice to go with someone that has a good idea on what these beasts like.
 
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chris61182
Granpa ron, can you tell us more about where you find stripers in the rivers this time of the year? Things like type of structure, current, depth, etc...?
 
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MontanaMoose
Smith stripers

Smith stripers

I did a recon and checked out the Smith starting near the top, driving downstream with the river on my left...not a soul up there and to be honest it looked more trouty than stripery...is that a word? So I found a road that came out near Scottsburg, drove on down to the bay and then up to the Smith again, presumably on the same road I'd left since the river was now on my right. I noticed right away that there were boatramps so I decided there must be something going on there at times.

Weren't any trailers though so I drove upriver a ways to check it out. Made a note to fish it one day soon and now with this new info I'm ready to go. I'll have to wade or bank it though but it sounds like now is the time. Thinking I'll wait till this front leaves then I'll head over for a look..maybe two days after the rain stops.

Cheers,

MontanaMoose
 
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mosd
smith river

smith river

whens the best time of day to fish the smith or is it a night fishery? lures, flies? spots to fish? id like to give it a try sometime in the nexted 3-4 weeks
 
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Seon
Hi all,
I'm a newbie to this forum, checking in from south of the border...California.
Here in the Delta on the Sacramento river, the Striper season is just starting to pick up. Although I've been fishing since the 60's, I just really started to concentrate on quality fishing...trolling from a boat. Anyone headed this way, let me know and I'll take you out on a trolling mission. Here's a pic of one from last season.

299380211
 
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MontanaMoose
Striper hours...

Striper hours...

Hello mosd, in the current regs on pg 8 at the bottom are listed the hours for game fish. The way it reads is that one can fish for Striped Bass (unless I'm missing something) anytime.

The "Unlawful to:" part includes salmon, shad, steelhead, sturgeon, trout or whitefish and says only daylight hours (one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset). Hope that helps.

I still plan on going over to the Smith and can go anytime so maybe run into you over there or could make a plan. I don't have a boat and I'll be fly fishing.

Cheers,

MontanaMoose
mosd said:
whens the best time of day to fish the smith or is it a night fishery? lures, flies? spots to fish? id like to give it a try sometime in the nexted 3-4 weeks
 
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MontanaMoose
CA Stripers

CA Stripers

Welcome to the board Seon, nice striper ! It's a bit of a haul for me to take you up on your generous offer, something like 8 or more hour drive but you never know. I wonder how deep you have to troll to pick up a striper where you fish? I remember as a kid in SF bay (the water was clear then) trolling for stripers with my friend and his dad. I never got a big one but it sure was fun.

Dad took my brother and I up to Port Costa and we tried for stripers along the RR tracks too. The water was very clear then...I remember being able to see down about 15' or so. Long gone days.

Cheers,

MontanaMoose

Seon said:
Hi all,
I'm a newbie to this forum, checking in from south of the border...California.
Here in the Delta on the Sacramento river, the Striper season is just starting to pick up.
 
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Hawk
Seon said:
Hi all,
I'm a newbie to this forum, checking in from south of the border...California.
Here in the Delta on the Sacramento river, the Striper season is just starting to pick up. Although I've been fishing since the 60's, I just really started to concentrate on quality fishing...trolling from a boat. Anyone headed this way, let me know and I'll take you out on a trolling mission. Here's a pic of one from last season.

299380211



Beautiful striper Bro..............Lustrums ago we used to catch them in San Luis Res & the Forebay. I was there in 1989 when a man from Soquel caught a 66lb + oz in the forebay, on a bassboat, with a homemade jig..............................:lol::lol::lol:........................:cool::cool::cool:


also c&r a lot in the canals...................12"-14" fish were the best tasting. we kept a few once in a while.

I fished the Delta/Mendota from Tracy to Firebaugh. used Pileworms or Bloodworms & small baitfish we caught by the canal gate valves..............................................:D
 
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mosd
MontanaMoose said:
Hello mosd, in the current regs on pg 8 at the bottom are listed the hours for game fish. The way it reads is that one can fish for Striped Bass (unless I'm missing something) anytime.

The "Unlawful to:" part includes salmon, shad, steelhead, sturgeon, trout or whitefish and says only daylight hours (one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset). Hope that helps.

I still plan on going over to the Smith and can go anytime so maybe run into you over there or could make a plan. I don't have a boat and I'll be fly fishing.

Cheers,

MontanaMoose


flyfishing eh? thats my speciality but was wanting to try gear first before it took the flyrod
 
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MontanaMoose
Gear V Flies

Gear V Flies

You'll prolly have a better chance of connecting
withg a striper with gear than I will with flies but
all I do nowadays is fly fish. Sounds like big fun
either way though...wonder who to contact that
can see the Smith on any given day to state
water color and such.

Cheers,

MontanaMoose

mosd said:
flyfishing eh? thats my speciality but was wanting to try gear first before it took the flyrod
 
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Seon
MontanaMoose said:
Welcome ... I wonder how deep you have to troll to pick up a striper where you fish? I remember as a kid in SF bay (the water was clear then) trolling for stripers with my friend and his dad. I never got a big one but it sure was fun...

Cheers,

MontanaMoose

In todays trolling, it's entirely different from the yester years where I trolled with a silver spoon and a pork rind trailer. Now with sonar, depending on where I mark Stripers, I'll troll 8'-9' ft using shallow divers with a white worm trailer or I'll throw on a deep diver lure that gets down 11'-12'. Broke back rebels and Yozuris, both shallow and deep divers are the only ones I use but various colors.

Hey Hawk, sounds like you know this area down here pretty well.

BTW I'll be headed up Portland in mid/late May to do some Sturgeon fishing but if there's Stripers, I can do one day for them...if anyone is interested in joining me, I'll have my boat and can show you how to troll, but my disclaimer is that I don't guarantee catching one :lol:
 
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MontanaMoose
Not the same as it once was...

Not the same as it once was...

Interesting Seon...and I wonder why...does it have something to do with the water clarity?

It sounds like I could get in the zone if all I
needed to do was get a fly down 9 or 10 ft...as
that's not out of the question at all. Starting to
get anxious to go over to the Smith and give it a
try since this is the time. Couple days after this
storm I'm thinkin'. Good luck in Portland when
you go.

Cheers,

MontanaMoose
 
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grampa ron
Smith Rivver Stripers

Smith Rivver Stripers

I've only been striper fishing on the Smith River about 20 times. My best night was 6 fish hooked 3 lost. Two of them were lost right at the boat because of dull hooks on brand new lures. The fish were flopping beside the boat and almost in the net when the lure just fell out. Stripers have very tough mouths. The third one was lost because the person I was with was using 10lb line. Over half the trips were a bust. I haven't been back for a couple of years but I doubt things have changed much. Striper fishing a night is about the toughest kind of fishing you can do in Oregon.
 
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