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Fishing in/around Corvallis?

Discussion in 'Northwest Fishing' started by BigCat, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. BigCat

    BigCat Portland Member

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    Someone be nice and share some nice quiet fishing spots. Please :cool:
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    fishing for what?
     
  3. chris61182

    chris61182 A little west of Portland Active Member

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    I'm not much of a steelheader so for this time of the year I have no advice.

    Come spring/summer/fall time the Willamette is chocked full of bass, carp, pikeminnow, and the occasional trout. There's Michael's Landing at 1st and Tyler for those days you only have a few minutes to fish, and Crystal Lake and Willamette Parks on the south side of town for those summer days you have a bit more time (to oggle the girls floating on by).

    Again in the spring/summer/fall time the Marys river wraps all the way around Avery park and is mostly wade-able, again with plenty of smallmouth bass, pikeminnow, and the very rare trout.

    If memory serves me correctly February 1st is usually the opening day for EE Wilson, for which they normally stock quite generously with large and trophy brookies, along with brooder rainbows. Don't expect much shoulder room there during the stocking season though.
     
  4. BigCat

    BigCat Portland Member

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    Anything that bites my hook and isn't a catfish or a river rat.
     
  5. BigCat

    BigCat Portland Member

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    Is the Willamette safe to fish in? I thought it was overflowing with toxic ooze or something.
     
  6. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    salmon/steelhead pass through versus live in it so they don't get the aids like the carp and sturgeon do.
     
  7. chris61182

    chris61182 A little west of Portland Active Member

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    It's mostly safe these days, more so down there by Corvallis and further downstream. Just avoid it after any heavy rains.
     
  8. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Safe to fish in and safe to eat said fish out of are two different things.
    Beware the finless, cornback brown trout! :rofl1:
     
  9. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    South of Corvallis and BellFountain on 99W you will see an East turn for Irish Bend (look BOTH WAYS TWICE when re-entering the highway!). It is undeveloped parkland cottonwood forest with an old bypassed covered bridge to a pioneer settlement that was entirely washed away, very wild, with a long sweep of the Willamette. Access is limited during flood season, but you can drive right out to the gravel bars most of the year. Keep your distance from any hippie/gypsy campers---they LIVE there. You can drift for salmon or spin for cutthroat trout, and it's a good spot for shooting if there is nobody camping around. DO bring your fishing license as officers sometimes drop by, but it is usually deserted there, and stunningly beautiful......................elsullo :p
     
  10. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Have a spot where the lukyiamute, Santiam and the Willamette all meet up. Sometimes just go across the road to the Willamette for native trout or salmon.
     
  11. reloadem

    reloadem Monroe, OR Member

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    You can't drive out there at all anymore, unless launching a boat. People leaving their trash, abandoned cars, and shooting bottles have ruined it for everyone. It is gated now, and has been for more than a year. Too bad it used to be nice.
     
  12. BigCat

    BigCat Portland Member

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    Who wants to meet up for a fishing trip?
     
  13. reloadem

    reloadem Monroe, OR Member

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    I'm going to be in the Alsea next week, if the river is in decent shape.