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No limits on Columbia River catfish, bass, and walleye

Discussion in 'Northwest Fishing' started by rick49, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. rick49

    rick49 Lewis Well-Known Member

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  2. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I've fished and caught walleye out on the Columbia. But they didn't quit taste like the ones I used to catch ice fishing in northern Minnesota. The Columbia walleye had an off taste, kinda like late summer large mouth bass taste... mud

    But oh boy they were dandy size walleye... 15lbs! I smoked them and the off flavor was gone... I dunno maybe it was the high mercury content?

    No limits on bass? Oh man I know of a few awesome bass spots!
     
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  3. rick49

    rick49 Lewis Well-Known Member

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    A 9 lbs walleye in Wisconsin is a trophy fish. Friday night fish frys with Lake Superior walleye,fries,and rye bread. Man that brings back memories. Every joint had em.
     
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    rick49 Lewis Well-Known Member

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    Velzy... Speaking of old home week...do you know when the smelt run? Another favorite ritual we had back in the day. One mess of smelt, a case of Blatz and the world was right.
     
  5. Craig O

    Craig O Hillsboro Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Did you cut out the belly meat ?
     
  6. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    This is ridiculous in my opinion. The bass/walleye fishery is thriving and instead of embracing it and bringing in the money that comes with it everywhere else in the country, we live up to the PNW pretentiousness and turn our noses to it.

    Btw, salmon and steelhead are thriving in the great lakes.....living along with bass and walleye and catfish and pike and muskies........WDFW and OSP should quit blaming bass and walleye and look in the mirror instead.
     
  7. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    This might be what I have been waiting for to start walleye fishing all these years. Never have ate them but have heard they are delicious when prepared right (like Gator tail)....
     
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  8. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    I Heard gator tail is a sweet meat
     
  9. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    I'd rather eat dog fish. No limits. Bloody the back of the boat as you beat them with a baseball bat. Can't keep them off the hook. 4-5 footers all day long.

    Marinate in vinegar/water solution.....Some of the best fish you will ever eat.
     
  10. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    There isn't much to preparing them. Any good white fish recipe is great for walleye. A little flower/egg and a deep frier with fries and hushpuppies...just as good as seabass or lingcod in my opinion.
     
  11. Tomoko

    Tomoko Leavenworth, WA Active Member

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    I've made some sushi with salmon only. I haven't done it with walleye, but that's not to say I wouldn't do it.
     
  12. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    I am a top notch chef when it comes to deep frying, I am a southern boy!!!!
    I gotta get me a mess of em this summer & have a fish fry party!!!;)
     
  13. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    I go to Banks Lake quite a bit. The lower columbia is the closest place I know of that has some.
     
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  14. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    WALLEYE, Phhtt......I've fished for walleye, in the PDX area as something to try when salmon steelhead aren't around so much. I caught a few too. What ya' do is buy a bunch of walleye gear and some worms. Gotta be the big worms.

    So you set-up one of them bottom walker things with like 6oz of weight. Then you need to put the worm on TWO hooks. It's got to be just right, so plan on using a lot of worms while you learn. Get your troll on and put your rig to the bottom. Make sure your rig is touching bottom, not dragging just touching, while you troll, DOWN STREAM, with the current. It's too hard to troll up stream against the current. You'd need like 12oz of lead to stay touching bottom.

    After you troll for like five miles, your rod will bury! Most likely it won't be a fish, it'll be a snag. You see these bottom walker thing are made to avoid snags. They're like, "Snag Resistant", not snag proof, so when you DO get snagged you'll probably lose it. They cost something like $5.00.

    Start all over again, new bottom walker, little spinney things on a leader with the two hooks, and three or four worms to get it just right. Now start trolling again.

    When I fished for walleye and lost that second rig I'd quit fishing for walleye for the day and go home, or maybe i'd been smart enough to take some bass gear with me so I'd fish for those for awhile.
     
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  15. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    Or tie on a blade bait or jig and catch them as you drift instead.
     
  16. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    An "old Hand" told me, "When you catch any fish you suspect might have a muddy taste, de-slime and de-scale them right away with a plastic scrubber pad."
     
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    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I was in a hog line up above Government Island fishing for salmon one year when the guy next to me put out a little red flat fish in a 10 ounce lead ball river current.
    I asked him what he was fishing for, as that little red flatfish was buzzing so hard against the current, it looked like it was on speed pills.
    He laughed, and said that the day before in 8 ounce current he had hooked a big walleye on the same lure.
    Sure enough, just twenty minutes later, a huge walleye swallowed that flatfish and he calmly reeled it in, laughing about it the whole time.
    He called it a poor mans lobster.
     
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    coastal steelheader Aberdeen Well-Known Member

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    I've heard similar - any idea why they have a muddy taste?
     
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  19. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Yeah, just like the trout in Wa, I don't fish for them since the kids grew up. They always had a muddy taste to them...
     
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