I recently had the pleasure of traveling to the state of Oregon to visit my sister. She lives on the Oregon Coast and lives a few hundred yards from a freshwater lake called Lake Cullaby. This trip took place about 3 weeks ago so the bass bite was NONEXISTENT! Still way too cold in Oregon. I fished for hours for the bass but eventually I decided to utilize my time better (As the bass were not interested) and start fishing for the steelhead in the lake.
I know, I know. The fish is small. But hey, it was the first one of the year so to me it was beautiful! The lake was dead. I didn't see a fish jump the whole week I was there. It took me hours of patient and dedicated fishing to catch just this one fish. I let him go to grow bigger. I was here for the sport.
I eventually turned my sights to night fishing. As it was virtually impossible to catch anything during the day. I fished the stream that fed off of the lake called Cullaby Creek and looked what I pulled in! A nice little Bullhead catfish!
Ugly little sucker ain't he!? I put him back in the stream and set my rig back up. Now, I don't know when catfish spawn, but they must have had recently spawned because I caught about 15 of these little guys!
Smallest catfish I have ever seen!
The next night, look what I pulled in! A big ol' perch! We didn't even know there were perch in this creek. Let alone perch of that size.
The next night I caught a few more decent perch.
All in all it was a very good trip. I didn't haul in any "monsters" this time, but fishing is fishing. I am happy to catch anything! And to be able to travel to Oregon, a state in which I had never been to before, and fish in "uncharted" waters, was a unique experience that I won't forget!