The count is in the green zone for about a week now. Anybody having fun with them?
I used to fish them just for the fun of it. Made the mistake of taking a cooler full of them home one time. Never again, but c/r was a kick in the butt.
Yep, June is the peak of the run.
One of the best kid fisheries ever.
It's more fun, IMO, on the Willamette in the softer water.
You can fish out of the rod holder with a diver rig or a lead dropper for the kids.
I like to jig 'em, also with a lead dropper and 1/32 oz jigs with 1" grubs.
You can also drift fish/fly fish for them. Easier to get at them out of a boat, though.
They fight hard enough to teach kids the basics of fish fighting.
They suspend higher off the bottom than salmon or steelhead.
I routinely use a 5' lead line (dropper) and a 5', 4-6# leader.
I look for "1-2 oz water" with about a 15' +/- bottom.
You can catch the schit out of them in heavier water but it's no fun with all the weight required.