FLW National Guard Series Columbia River June 2009

FLW National Guard Series Columbia River June 2009

The Road Trip 1,130 Miles Los Angeles California to Umatilla Oregon.

The Road Trip 1,130 Miles Los Angeles California to Umatilla Oregon 

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A few scenes along the way 

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Mount Shasta Northern California 

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Lake Shasta, usually a FLW tour stop

Border Crossing

Border Crossing

Portland Oregon

Portland Oregon

I thought this was the home of the Trailblazers, everyone is on the same trail.

I thought this was the home of the Trailblazers, everyone is on the same trail.

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Willamette River, Portland 

The Columbia River A Partial History 

The Columbia River Gorge, a salmon fishing site, has supported human habitation for over 13,000 years. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of the Folsom and Marmes people, who crossed the Bering land bridge from Asia. 

The Columbia has facilitated transportation for thousands of years. Native American Indians traveled the Gorge to trade at Celilo Falls, both riverside and over Lolo Pass on the north side of Mount Hood. Lewis and Clark used this route in 1805 to reach the Pacific. European and American settlers established steamboat lines and railroads along the waterway. Today BNSF Railway runs freight on the Washington side of the Columbia River, its rival, the Union Pacific Railroad, runs freight along the Oregon shore. 

The Columbia River Highway, built in the early 20th century, was the first paved major highway in the Pacific Northwest. Shipping became much easier after the construction of the Bonneville and The Dalles Dams, which submerged the river’s major rapids.

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Columbia River Canyon Walls

Heading East

Heading East


The Dalles Dam

The Dalles Dam

Celilo Bridge

Celilo Bridge

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Interstate 84 near the Deschutes River

Interstate 84 near the Deschutes River

The Columbia River and the wind, it is good for this.

The Columbia River and the wind, it is good for this.

It is good for windsurfing

It is good for windsurfing

It is good for kite boarding

It is good for kite boarding

It is not good for bass boating, the river current flows west, the wind blows east

It is not good for bass boating, the river current flows west, the wind blows east

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Why is everything wet, it is not raining? You cannot tell from the photos but we are in 6’/7’ waves. Let’s get out of here!

Barge Traffic

Barge Traffic

From the water line to the deck with the red equipment is about 15’ in height

From the water line to the deck with the red equipment is about 15’ in height

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A welcome sight, calm winds, let’s see if we can get some prefishing accomplished

A welcome sight, calm winds, let’s see if we can get some prefishing accomplished

Port of Morrow

Port of Morrow

Manmade structure with deep water access

Manmade structure with deep water access

Choose your targets

Choose your targets

Nice smallie

Nice smallie

Well Hooked

Well Hooked

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This deer is on an island surrounded by strong currents

This deer is on an island surrounded by strong currents

One of these guys is from a different flock, must be well adjusted and confident

One of these guys is from a different flock, must be well adjusted and confident

Nice spot

Nice spot

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Grain Elevators

Grain Elevators

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Sturgeon, salmon, steelhead, walleye, bass, and shad these guys will hook you up. Yes shad, in the Columbia the American shad can reach 24” and 8 pounds, hard aerial fighters, and they group up in large numbers.

Smallmouth on the rocks

Smallmouth on the rocks

Bridge over the Umatilla River

Bridge over the Umatilla River

McNary Dam

McNary Dam

Heading northeast towards the ‘upper pool’, Washington State, Tri Cities Area

Heading northeast towards the ‘upper pool’, Washington State, Tri Cities Area

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Vaughn Hubbard Bridge spanning the Snake River

Vaughn Hubbard Bridge spanning the Snake River

Don’t have a pattern going, go junk fishing

Don’t have a pattern going, go junk fishing

Railroad Bridge over the Snake

Railroad Bridge over the Snake

Apple Orchards below the wind turbines

Apple Orchards below the wind turbines

Horse Heaven Hills

Horse Heaven Hills

Port Kelly in the distance

Port Kelly in the distance

Railroad Bridge over the Columbia, can you see the angler?

Railroad Bridge over the Columbia, can you see the angler?

There he is

There he is

Industry, when they are profitable they are privately owned, when they are not we own them

Industry, when they are profitable they are privately owned, when they are not we own them

Can you tell which state this train is in, Oregon or Washington?

Can you tell which state this train is in, Oregon or Washington?

FLW Wall Mart Series Columbia River June 2009 

The event hosted at Umatilla Oregon, Umatilla is located in northeastern Oregon on the south bank of the Columbia River. Umatilla a ‘micropolitan’ community named for the Umatilla River that enters the Columbia River west of the town. The Umatilla River is named after the Umatilla Tribe. 

Tournament staging and everyone stood when Troy came down the launch ramp

Tournament staging and everyone stood when Troy came down the launch ramp

Tough Competitors

Tough Competitors

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FLW camera filming on day three, Neil Russell the eventual winner, fished different water than anyone I witnessed or spoke to, the most consistent angler of the derby.

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Live well expulsions, a sculpin and a baby lamprey eel. Lamprey translated means stone sucker. Do you see the external gill slits?

Smallie want a crankbait

Smallie want a crankbait

Tournament is over, but before we head home lets visit the salmon center at the McNary Dam.

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Amazing complex, designed to allow the salmon to pass the dam unharmed and unstressed. Juvenile salmon are separated by size and the smaller ones are loaded onto barges for transportation downstream. The sprinkler over the pipe emitting water prevents easy predation by birds. Subtle clues for bass anglers exist within the facility exhibits.

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Salmon ladder fish viewing window, Carp 20lb, Steelhead 8lb, tail of a lamprey eel, tail of a squawfish/northern pike minnow. All of these fish, including the shad had to work very hard to pass upstream. Occasionally a large King Salmon would efficiently bolt upstream past the window.

American shad 18” in length, maybe 2 plus pounds

American shad 18” in length, maybe 2 plus pounds

Heading home

Heading home

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Crooked River Canyon

Crooked River Canyon

Taking a different route, I like this road better than I-5

Taking a different route, I like this road better than I-5

North side of Mt. Shasta

North side of Mt. Shasta

Back to the Republic

Back to the Republic

The sun sets on another trip and Bill’s new backyard

The sun sets on another trip and Bill’s new backyard

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