Smallmouth Fishing On the Willamette River
Club Tournament on the Willamette for most is Tough!
Hello fellow bass fisherman!
This is the Randman reporting on Saturday’s Tri-Club tourney I got to fish with my son, Westin Yancey in Oregon.
There were 16 boats ready to take off at 7:00 am this past Saturday, the 18th., below the falls on the Willamette River south of Portland Oregon.
The weather was a misty 63 degrees, very similar to the water temp on the river that day.
Fishing was tough for my son and I, as we’d not fisher below the falls very often, and it took a couple hours to catch our first smallmouth ‘keeper’ of the day. Two or three hours later, I finally boated a 17″ smallie on a Bomber Switchback in blue/lavender back shad, running at about 15-16′ just off a rock bank on an inside bend of the river.
That was about noon, and that would prove to be the last fish boated for the day.
The sun came out with high blue skys, and it was a balmy 69 degrees when we weighed our two fish bag in at 3:30 for a total of almost 4 lbs.
The winning catch was a limit of five at 12.85, second of 12.60 and third 12.10. Five teams weighed limits. One weighed 4 fish and several weighed two as we did and 6-7 weighed 1 or no fish.
We had a good time, fishing ‘below’ the falls , which we’re very familiar with ‘above’ the falls where we catch that kind of catch in an hour or two most days.
But a good time was had by all.