Tips for beginner anglers in west metro area?

CheapComboPrincess
CheapComboPrincess
Hi all,

I am new to fishing and so far have struggled to hook anything besides a single smolt, but I have yet to become discouraged. I live in Hillsboro and am limited to bank fishing, I have been primarily targeting bass and trout at Henry Hagg lake with a solid 0% success rate. No luck at Bethany Pond which is the closest stocked location to me, but have yet to try Commonwealth in Beaverton. I’ve also given Dorman Pond a shot for trout earlier this year, but haven’t tried for bass yet there. At this point I am frankly open to catching anything other than a bunch of weeds. I am wondering if any of my neighbors on the west side have any tips, tricks or spots that I should try that might help me catch my very first fish! Thanks in advance :)
 
C_Run
C_Run
Search this forum for "Urban Hog". There is a good map.
 
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Diehard
Diehard
Ive done very well this time of year for lots of speicies on a bobber and 1" to 2" chunk of nightcrawler set a couple feet under the water up to a few feet under for surface feeding fish i got this 3 to 4lb trout 2wks ago on that setup out on rock creek resvr. Good luck and welcome to the forum
 
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CheapComboPrincess
CheapComboPrincess
Diehard said:
Ive done very well this time of year for lots of speicies on a bobber and 1" to 2" chunk of nightcrawler set a couple feet under the water up to a few feet under for surface feeding fish i got this 3 to 4lb trout 2wks ago on that setup out on rock creek resvr. Good luck and welcome to the forum
Thanks so much! I appreciate the tips 🥰
 
CheapComboPrincess
CheapComboPrincess
C_Run said:
Search this forum for "Urban Hog". There is a good map.
Sweet, thank you! That’s really helpful.
 
troutdude
troutdude
Welcome to OFF. I like your "moniker" / avatar!

Here is the aforementioned Urban Hog map.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewe...z=11&ie=UTF8&mid=14ILz0jL_fWAIIFwaHnum5S66N7c

Here's a hotlink to a video series for newbies:

https://myodfw.com/articles/how-fish-trout

(Once you watch the first video, the next one in the series will start)

And here's a hotlink to see 50 places within 60 minutes of Portland, with tips and tricks:

https://myodfw.com/articles/50-places-go-fishing-within-60-minutes-portland

Good luck and tight lines! Let us know how you do.

TD
 
CheapComboPrincess
CheapComboPrincess
troutdude said:
Welcome to OFF. I like your "moniker" / avatar!

Here is the aforementioned Urban Hog map.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?ll=45.46831800000003,-122.590942&spn=0.28026,0.576782&hl=en&msa=0&z=11&ie=UTF8&mid=14ILz0jL_fWAIIFwaHnum5S66N7c

Here's a hotlink to a video series for newbies:

https://myodfw.com/articles/how-fish-trout

(Once you watch the first video, the next one in the series will start)

And here's a hotlink to see 50 places within 60 minutes of Portland, with tips and tricks:

https://myodfw.com/articles/50-places-go-fishing-within-60-minutes-portland

Good luck and tight lines! Let us know how you do.

TD
Thanks so much! I really appreciate the tips and resources.
 
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Bank10
Bank10
I go fishing for the outdoor beauty and all the crazy things that happen along the way. Birds crashing into the water to get something to eat. Otters, sealions eating my salmon or steelhead. Keep an eye on others that are catching fish and ask them is they could give you some advice. Buy a book on specific kinds of fishing check on the ODFW website for weekly fishing oportunities.

Learn to fish​

There are several ways to begin your fishing journey – you can join a friend or family member on their fishing trip, you can attend a free ODFW fishing event, or you can strike out on your own (don’t worry, you can do this). In this article you'll find out what gear you need and where to go fishing in Oregon, along with a few basics of the sport.
 

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