Umpqua - Yellow Creek

NKlamerus

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After Ford's and Platt in there morning I went west to checkout the yellow creek boat ramp on the umpqua, I've seen it mentioned a few times now

Before launching I did get to meet one of our very own, Fummus! Great meeting you bud, and thank you for the tips on additional spots, I did a little exploring after getting off the water, I may have to try for shad here soon and elsewhere for some larger fish

I launched the kayak and luckily had my trout rod with me, and immediately started catching smallmouth. Switching between a 3" keitech and a 3" senko, I definitely caught over 20 fish

All small though!

Also had a warmouth/panfish get a litte eager and grab the keitech

I spooked one larger smallmouth on a rock flat, easily 2-3lbs, thought it was a largemouth at first

Did have some shad schools go under me as well, but I wasn't rigged for them

At one point I had snagged my jig head in deeper water and went to retrieve it, with a clear view of the bottom I watched the keitech rip free from the weeds and simultaneously watched some kind of large fish dart at it before turning away at the last second

From dead above it really looked like a trout, but was easily 2-3' long, any ideas? Seemed like it had a pointed nose, relatively long and skinny. And I definitely noticed pec, pelvic, and anal fins.

For sure not a carp or sucker. I'm just not familiar with cold water fish
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Hey! Was very good meeting you in person as well! Judging from your photo's and report you definitely did better than we did. Only took home two and admittedly they were just barely big enough to get fillets off of. I Also caught a warmouth/punkinseed/??? Took a couple pics to identify it later, but looked identical to the one in your photo. Think we would have done better if it hadn't been so windy later on. Hope to see you again down this way.
 
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Another trip yesterday, wind was so strong it was pushing me up current!

Tried some new rigs and lures, would have stayed but the wind was killing me, just about went over once! Only benefit was no one else on the water for a little while

I think I ended the day with 31 smallmouth, biggest went 1-14 though. Did see a couple larger fish and lost one that almost looked black underwater
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