Yup. It is all part of the allure of the great northwest. You can catch bass almost anywhere in this country, salmanoids not so much. If i get skunked it makes me want to get out there even more and figure those fish out. It's not about quantity, it is about the challenge. Hook into a 15 lb. steelhead and i gaurantee you will be back!For sure.
I would say people go bonkers for Salmon/Steelhead here cause we on the west ( Oregon, Washington ) have very good runs of them, while the rest of, let's say country, all have just bass / warm water / trout. opportunities, making them less of a priority here... I have a lot of people come in my boat and say, "This is what I'm after when I get to Oregon" Referring to Salmon/Steelz.
Jeebus. Wow. Color me jealous. I caught/released three state record class smallies in CO, but the record there is a lot smaller. 7 lb 12 oz smallie is crazy sauce.I have caught 2 smallmouth that I have had to weight to check if they were state records (both the same at 7 lb 12 oz. ).