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John Day River – May 7

Jack Strayer and I journeyed to Fossil, Oregon on Sunday, the 6th, for a guided fishing trip on the John Day River with Steve Fleming of Mah-Hah Outfitters,  On  the 7th  we started our day at 6AM with breakfast at Steve’s home consisting of peaches and ice cream, hot-from-the-oven biscuits slathered with delicious toppings. 

 

We then set out for our put-in point at Service Creek.  The water temperature was a chilly 49 degrees.  Although the bite was slow in the morning, probably due to the temperature, a few smallmouth bass were caught…all by Jack.  

 

Just before lunch I made a long cast and a few seconds later the line went tight.  My first bite!  It was worth the wait.  The closer I got the fish to the boat, the harder it fought and I knew I had a nice one on.  The fight at the boat was the longest and hardest one I have had in a long time.  Steve did a great job with netting my 20 1/16” smallmouth.

 

We then celebrated the morning’s fishing with a Dutch-oven cooked lunch of pork loin, baked potatoes, carrots and stuffing.  After lunch we continued down river and the bite picked up the rest of the day for the both of us.  By the time we got to the take-out point, Jack and I had landed over 20 smallmouth bass.

 

As Steve began to load the boat and stow all the gear, he suggested that we do some bank fishing at a point just upstream of the take-out.  Jack and I fished it and had a few hits but no hookups.  With maybe five minutes left before Steve was ready to leave, I made a cast straight out from the point to a current seam, worked the jig a few times and I had another fish on.  I knew Steve would come running with the net if I called him but I didn’t think the bass felt that big that I couldn’t just work it to shore and lip it.  But as the fish got close to the bank, it fought a lot harder.  By that time I was afraid to call Steve and play the fish longer than necessary for fear of losing it before he arrived. So I just slowly worked it up to the bank and, fortunately, it cooperated by being still until I could reach down and lip it.  As I picked it up, I realized how big it was.  It measured 20 ” --  “BIGGERER”  than the one in the morning that had put up such a fight. 

 

That earned me two Master Angler pins from Mah-Hah and really made my day.  Now I know why some of the guys call me Lucky Dog.  Like I always say, “I’d rather be lucky than good”.

 

Tom Nelson

Photos courtesy of Tom Nelson & Steve Fleming

Jack & Tom ready to set out
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In addition to fun fishing with a great guide
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there's some nice scenery

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Columbia River - May 10

Bob Judkins and Russ Miyada took Bob "Bobber" Alcantara on his first smallmouth bass fishing trip on May 10th.  They fished The Dalles and Hood River and picked up dozens of  bass. 

 

Bobber caught his share of smallies on the drop shot, tube jig and the crankbait.  This 18 1/8-inch smallmouth fell prey to the Hot Lips plug that Bobber tossed at a culvert.

 

What a blast he had fishing for smallies for the first time and to also top it off with an  "exceptional length" smallmouth.  Is he a "Lucky Dog" too?

 

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Prineville Reservoir - May 17-21
Photos courtesy of Russ Miyada & Jack Strayer

Carol & Herb Doumitt on the hunt for crappie
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Jack Strayer's daughter Carolyn with
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her 16" largemouth bass

Jack Strayer also caught a 16" largemouth
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Tom with his 20 1/16" smallmouth
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This one was 20 1/2"
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Nice fish for a beginning bass fisherman
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4 yr old Eli with dad Greg fishing for bullhead
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catfish with Russ Miyada

Eli with a nice bullhead that he caught
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A proud moment

The catch of the trip was Jack's
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19 3/4" largemouth bass