The Road Trip 1,130 Miles Los Angeles California to Umatilla Oregon
A few scenes along the way
Mount Shasta Northern California
Lake Shasta, usually a FLW tour stop
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.
Columbia River Canyon Walls
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!
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.
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.
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.
Live well expulsions, a sculpin and a baby lamprey eel. Lamprey translated means stone sucker. Do you see the external gill slits?
Tournament is over, but before we head home lets visit the salmon center at the McNary Dam.
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.
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.