The year may be 2023, but fishing is still as popular as ever. Many Americans find fishing to be therapeutic and stress-relieving, which is why it’s no wonder more people are “lured” in by the prospect of spending more “reel” time out by fish-friendly shores.
Yet though many recommend you cast your line in states like Michigan or Florida, you’re missing out if you’ve never gone fishing in Oregon. Some of the state’s best fishing spots are located around Gold Beach, and countless guides are available to improve your time here. To make the most of your trip, here are some dos and don’ts you should take note of:
DO: Try these Gold Beach fishing spots
This is a camper’s paradise. Feel free to hike its trails and scenic points—or get right to the good stuff and fish. Since Rogue River runs straight to the Pacific from Curry County, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find keepers ranging from bluegill to prime chinook salmon.
Have your kids with you? Take them to Libby Pond, which is conveniently located along the Rogue River. For a small fee, you’ll get access to a private pool stocked with rainbow trout—making it a great place for beginners and perfect for sharing your love of fishing with your kids.
DON’T: Fish without a guide
A fishing guide is the most helpful person to have along when fishing at Gold Beach. They can teach you more about how to navigate fishing here, especially if you haven’t before. They can also help you master the basics of fishing—or more advanced techniques if you’re experienced.
Fishing guides can even introduce you to a wider fishing community. Some, like Tyson Crumley, have been part of fishing families who’ve dedicated generations to living in harmony with the Rogue River, while others like Nick Young have even won accolades in major league fishing. A guide can definitely enhance your fishing experience at Gold Beach—so contact one from companies like Plug’s N Bug’s Guide Services and 5 Star Charters.
DO: Pack these essentials for your fishing trip
You must be attentive when selecting your fishing equipment. The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife notes that the appropriate fishing gear depends on the kind of catch you want. Trout, for example, will necessitate a 5.5 feet-long rod with a spin cast reel and a lure with a #7 snap swivel. Steelheads, however, respond better to an 8.5 heavy action rod with a baitcasting reel and steelhead jig lure. Consult your guide about the best gear to use and leave the rest at home.
Sunlight reflected on the water’s surface can harm your eyes and prevent you from catching anything. To avoid this, bring a pair of polarized sunglasses to cut through the glare. The good news is that top brands design sunglasses that are made for those who engage in outdoor activities. Oakley sunglasses are lightweight, water-repellant, and use additional Prizm Lens technology to enhance color and contrast on polarized lenses. Such shades can help improve your field of vision while fishing, so be sure to look into them before your trip.
Medication for motion sickness
Depending on the weather and your tolerance for a rocking boat, you might face motion sickness. This doesn’t have to spoil your trip if you bring the right medications along. Antihistamine-based medicines from brands like Dramamine are especially efficient, so consider taking them as a preventative measure 30 to 60 minutes before fishing. It may make you a little sleepy, but non-sedating medications aren’t as effective for your purposes. However, you can drink carbonated beverages like club soda to wake you up and further curb nausea.
A fishing trip can take four hours or longer, even in sites as plentiful as Gold Beach. Feel free to bring a cooler or lunchbox if you get hungry—and since you’re enjoying the state’s natural wonders, you might as well indulge in some iconic Oregon favorites like bacon maple bars and Cajun-tossed tater tots. Just don’t bring any bananas—they’re considered bad luck, and the ethylene gas they release acts as a fish repellant.
If you haven’t fished in Gold Beach yet, you’re missing out. Try these dos and don’ts to have the best-guided experience possible.
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