The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 52
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TRAVEL 6 great summer fishing holes We asked experts to spill their secrets. Surprisingly, what surfaced were 3 woodsy waterways, 2 oceans and 1 concrete canyon. Newport Pier, Calif. "Pier fishing is the great equalizer," says Ken Jones, a schoolteacher and author of Pier Fishing in California. "You can be rich or poor, young or old, you don't need a boat, and you can still catch big fish with the cheapest tackle. Lots of people get started with pier fishing — the whole family can go, and no one gets seasick." One of his favorites is Newport Pier, 30 miles south of Los Angeles. The pier extends more than 1,000 feet into the Pacific, near a seabed canyon, so you can catch deep-water fish such as sable- fish and hake. "One year they were catching giant squid, 3-4 feet long." Near shore, expect surfperch, spotfin, croaker, yellowfin and guitarfish. The left side of the pier, midway out, used to be called Halibut Corner by the regulars, Jones says. "The right corner, where I liked to fish, was the spot for bonito and mackerel. When the bonito and mackerel are running, you can't keep them off your hook." Grand River, Mich. Friendly, fun, world-class fishing in a "concrete canyon" is what you'll get in downtown Grand Rapids, says Glen Blackwood, who writes for fishing magazines and owns the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Co. "On the Grand near the Sixth Street Dam, you're fishing within the shadows of a four-star hotel and skyscrapers, with a major highway buzzing within a long cast of the river. At the dam you can watch a great diversity of fish leap up the fish ladder on their spawning journey up the Grand from Lake Michigan." Blackwood has caught king salmon, steelhead, lake trout and brown trout — on the same day. In summer, you can catch walleye, smallmoulh bass and virtually every freshwater fish species. "When the fish are running, it can get crowded, with everyone from retired auto workers to prestigious lawyers putting on their waders and jumping in for an hour. You might see 10 anglers with rods bending, all with fish on at the same time." 2G million Americans go fishing each year. We're hooked on fishing spots as varied as a lofty ocean pier in Newport Beach. Calif and wheelchair accessible Willowemoc Creek in the Catskills of New York RapMan River, Va. This mountain stream in Shenandoah National Park is the favorite of Peter Rafle, editor of Trout Magazine, the journal of the trout and salmon conservation organization Trout Unlimited. Most great trout streams are hard to get to, he says. But here, a good road "takes you more or less right to the stream." Despite easy access, the Rapidan is unsullied: "You can find native brook trout that are essentially the same as those that swam there 1,000 years ago. It's very special to hold a piece of natural history in your hand." Willowemoc Creek, N.Y. When a friend on crutches couldn't get to a river to fish, Joan Stoliar created Project Access to bui|d paths for disabled anglers. Now, six wheelchair- access sites are near the Catskill Fly Fishing Center on the Willowemoc, 2' 2 hours northwest of New York City. She says the Willowemoc is a "world- class trout stream. It's near Roscoe, a trout town where English-style fly- fishing was born in America. When I'm there, I feel I'm part of fishing history." She says it's not just the older folks and wheelchair users who like the accessible paths. "After all, it's our loss when someone can't get there to fish with us." Madison River, Mont This river "is probably one of the prettiest in the world," says Tom Rosenbauer, author of five books on fly-fishing and vice president of fishing gear maker Orvis. The Madison starts in Yellowstone National Park and flows more than 100 miles before it meets the Missouri. Rosenbauer says the rainbow trout population is down, but the brown trout is unaffected. "Some people hire a guide and drift boat; I prefer to just wade in. The river fishes well almost all year, especially early June to mid-July, when the snow runoff comes down. It's a great American cowboy river." While fishing, Rosenbauer has seen elk, bighorn sheep, deer, eagles and ospreys. Cape Cod, Mass. For saltwater fishing, nothing beats the possibilities at Cape Cod, says Rosenbauer — lots of public water, access and fish from mid-May through Thanksgiving. Striped bass, a shallow-water fish, is plentiful, he says, so the fishing is as good from the beach as it is from a boat. "I really enjoy fishing at night, when the beach is quiet. In summer, I fish during the Perseid meteor shower. You're fishing mainly by feel, so you can work the line and look up at the sky. You hear a lot of shore birds at night, and large splashes when fish jump out in the water. The smell of the ocean is stronger at night because there's not as much wind, and I love the sound of the pebbles as the waves wash them together." E3 FOR MORE INFORMATION 9 The Inside Angler is a bimonthly newsletter for productive West Coast fishing, e-mail: insideangle9aol.com • Orvis hosts fishing schools nationwide, April through September. Call 1-800548-9548 or visit http://www.orvis.com • Die Project Access Web site has information about accessible fishing: http://www.projectaccess.com • Pier Fishing in California Web sKe: http://www.paciflc.nel/~iycapfeh/ • Glen Blackwood and the Great Lakes Ry Fishing Co.: 1-800-303-0567 9 Trout Ma&zine and Trout Unlimited: 1-800-834-2419 or http://www.tu.org/trout P Federation of Fly Fishers Online: http://www.ool.com/fff/ 14 USA WEEKEND • May 9-11,1887

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