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: Best fishing city in US?

09-24-2004, 09:14 AM

Yours truly is going to go to law school next fall. As much as I am interested in the law, I am also interested in moving to a place with great fishing. Having lived in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Pittsburgh, and Silicon Valley--- I'm ready for something good.

I'm looking at schools in:

Eugene, OR
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Portland, Maine

Best fishing? And I'm thinking trout, steelhead, salmon. But I also love coastal surf fishing...

2nd Question---

BEST city in the US for fishing??? Overall.

Look forward to your collective wisdom.

The once brooklyn angler

09-24-2004, 09:33 AM
Of those listed, the only city I have lived in is Portland, Maine. As far as fisihng goes, it will be hard to beat. Within a 60-90 minute drive from my office in downtown Portland, I was able to fish for largemouth or smallmouth bass (big ones, 55 minutes, any number of places), landlocked salmon (not so big, 55 minutes), brown trout & brook trout (not so big, 45 minutes), stripers and bluefish (good sized, 20 minutes in Casco Bay, 60 minutes in the Kennebec River).

When you could still fish for atlantic salmon in Maine, they were only 2 hours and 45 minutes away in the Bangor-Brewer area. You can still fish for atlantics, but the drive will be 6 hours to the Miramichi in NB or 8 hours to the Matapedia in Quebec. Friends and I used to leave our offices on Friday at about 5pm EDT, roll into Doaktown, NB at about 12pm ADT, fish all day Saturday and until about 4pm on Sunday, leave and be back in Portland in time for a good night's sleep.

BTW the U of Me Law School is a good one as well.

09-24-2004, 09:49 AM
All year fishing, or do the rivers freeze over most winters???


09-24-2004, 10:17 AM
I would go for Portland, OR. Oregon fish returns have been on the rise and they manage their fish with a little more foresight than I feel Washington does.

You would have year around fishing for steelhead with many excellent rivers close by:

Sandy, Deschutes, lots of SW washington streams and columbia tribs. A lot of the coastal rivers in Oregon are supposed to have some outstanding steelhead fishing as well.

The N. Umpqua is close enough for weekend trips in the summer.

There are also some really good trout lakes around with big fish that are only a 2 hour drive away. The deschutes also has excellent rainbow fishing to go along with the steelhead opportunites.

Most all these rivers have salmon as well and a lot of them.

The John Day river which is right next to the deschutes is one of the best smallmouth rivers in the lower 48.

For a hardcore steelhead fisherman in the lower 48 I do not think you can beat portland if you need to be close to a major metro area. Plus Portland is a pretty cool town with good public transit and traffic is not bad, especially compared to the seattle area.


09-24-2004, 10:42 AM
There is no year-round fishing in Portland, Maine, unless you like ice fishing.

09-24-2004, 12:01 PM
I'm with Sean. I live in WA, but would like to immigrate to Oregon. The fisheries are managed a lot better.

09-24-2004, 12:50 PM

This was what i had hoped. Appreciate it sincerely! any mushroom hunters out there???

09-24-2004, 01:05 PM
Just a few thoughts. Portland rocks - I agree that it's either #1 or #2. Another reason is it's proximity to Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

One of Seattle's advantages is access the above and closer to BC. Either will offer you year-round fishing. Either one will give you lots of choices for winter/summer steelhead, coho and chinook salmon, searun cutthroat, lake fishing for trout, large and smallmouth bass.

Don't know about Oregon, but I'm also looking forward to throwing a few big feathery monstrosities for the Tiger Muskies that have been planted in 5-6 lakes in Washington too.

Hell, you'll ~never~ graduate with the year-round fishing available in the PNW. :smokin:

09-24-2004, 01:46 PM
Portland is godawful, so please don't come out here.

But if you insist on coming, please know that there are indeed mushroom hunters around--just got about a pound of boletuses on my bike ride home from work last night. My advice, go to Lewis and Clark Law School, become an environmental lawyer, sue the socks off of everyone who even looks crosseyed at our rivers, and fish like a madman. There are worse plans.

09-24-2004, 02:40 PM
If you can handle being away from the coast there are lots of other possibilities like your own NY state for example, Syracuse or Ithaca. I think NY stocks the hell out of every puddle in the state. I have friends there who do very well in the spring with morels. I suppose Michigan would be good too. How about Madison, good uni good fishing. Montana - no, there is no good fishing there, not sure about the universities. Princeton, you can fish stripers and bluefish for a good part of the year.

09-24-2004, 03:50 PM
Or Boston Metro!

1hr to Cape Cod (May-Nov)

40 min to North Shore, Plum Is, etc (May-Oct)

1 hr to good C&R trout streams, although mostly stocked (year round)

There are a few decent colleges around here, I'm told.

However you will have to get accustomed to traffic hell and Red Sox fans :rolleyes:

09-24-2004, 04:28 PM
Well in Eugene, Or your a hour from the Columbia river systems (sandy, Deschutes), a little over an hour to the Umpqua, etc. And that doesn't even bring the coastal rivers into play .. or the Rogue about 2.5-3 hours south by freeway.

09-24-2004, 05:06 PM
UOP's McGeorge school of law is an outstanding, highly respected institution (used to work there) in Sacramento that sits minutes from the American river, having runs of stripers, salmon, steelhead and shad. Nearby is the Feather river, 90 minutes to the SF Bay and the Sierra Nevadas.The city is getting too big, but still not terrible like SF and LA. I too want out of the city bad and into Oregon. Anybody in Oregon looking to hire a Teamster?

09-24-2004, 07:03 PM
Sell all your winter clothes...
Throw out all your neck ties...
Get a good blender and some sandles...
And move to the Key West! :razz:

09-24-2004, 07:33 PM
Good points and thanks...

UNfortunately, no law school on Key West. and my wife would lose her mind. At least in the other suggestions, she'll have something to do whilst I'm fishing and studying.

Sacramento is a great idea.

brocktown oogler

09-24-2004, 08:38 PM
The fishing in Ithaca is good for stockers, yes, but they're stocked at 4" and caught at 28". Lake run atlantics, browns, and Skamania steelhead all within 10 minutes, damn good fishing, and a fine school. The coastal surf fishing on the west coast doesn't hold a candle to what you're used to, but you'll learn to do without it.

09-25-2004, 01:18 PM
OK Guys,
My turn, Sacramento is a great fishing town, with a couple Law Schools.
Sacramento, and American River run through it, Feather and Yuba Rivers are close by. Sierra Streams and lakes are 1-2 hours away and the if you feel the need for salt just head west 90 minutes and the delta is 60 minutes south. Foothill lakes are full of smallmouths and spots.
Been here 20 years and love it. Steelhead, salmon, trout, shad, stripers depending on the season.
Tight lines.

09-25-2004, 05:30 PM
a continuous thanks

09-26-2004, 10:27 AM
would have to top the list of fisheries that you described,,,but,it's sparsly populated with people that say `hi!',smile alot revealing salmon,lingcod,halibut,etc. stuck to their teeth :chuckle: ,quiet,most times of year,really quiet!,like going back in time 30 years!did i mention sturgeon! :hihi:

09-26-2004, 03:47 PM
and many more thanks

09-30-2004, 01:14 PM
In addition to McGeorge, UC Davis Law School is very well respected and only about 20 minutes from Sacramento. I vote for the fishing here as well, shad and stripers in the American (half-pounders are here now!) The Lower Sac has some of the best rainbow fishing around and if you like to hunt on smaller flows for more challenging fish, the Upper Sacramento, the Yuba are all within range. We have three great fly shops in town so there is lots of local knowledge and two or three local fly clubs to hook up with fishing buddies. I lived here 18 years before I got into fly fishing and no I feel like a dummy because here I was living minutes from outstanding fishing resources. I teach at CSU Sacramento and the other day while returning to my car in a lot against the levee for the American River, ran into a guy who had his hand into the gill of 30 pound salmon he had just landed. Not too bad.....