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New website helps people with disabilities go fishing

by Eric Apalategui on 07/14/13

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"Fishing in Oregon" guidebook is fully updated for Father's Day

by Eric Apalategui on 06/05/13

The long wait is over: My friend Maddy Sheehan's "Fishing in Oregon" is finally out. This brand new eleventh edition has been widely updated and expanded, now covering more than 1,300 lakes, rivers, bays and other fishy bodies of water. There are a ton of great maps that are alone worth the $29.95 cover price. I've always found this book to be an Oregon angler's best friend, especially if you like to try out new fishing spots now and then.

Just in time for Father's Day, the book is making its way to various stores as early as this week. I understand Fisherman's Marine will be the first regular store to have it because they're sending their own truck to Maddy's place today.

Or, the easiest way to get it might be to have Maddy mail it to you herself. That's how my copy is coming! Order it online through her website,

For more information, you can find Maddy's press releases announcing the publication of her 11th edition here.

Write About Fishing, Net a Few Bucks

by Eric Apalategui on 02/04/13

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Bass Fishing Basics

by Eric Apalategui on 10/23/12

Bass fishing sometimes gets overlooked in a state so full of trout, salmon and steelhead.

But bass fishing is easy, relatively inexpensive, close to home and, frankly, it's a hoot. Oregon is blessed with some world-class smallmouth bass fishing and also has some really nice spots for largemouth bass.

The Oregon Bass & Panfish Club's Rich Tombleson has shared an article he wrote a few years back with our website. It covers everything you need to gear up for several of the most popular bass-fishing techniques that will catch both largemouth and smallmouth bass around Oregon.

I know it's October and dreary, and although fall bassing can be great, you might be thinking about salmon right about now. But this article will be on the website when you need it:

Bass Fishing Basics by Rich Tombleson

This article comes to us courtesy of a new partnership we are starting with nonprofit fishing groups who work to make our sport better by improving fish habitat, fishing access and angler education. The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club is our trial group, and we plan to add others.

We Now Share Most of Our Income with Nonprofit Fishing Groups

by Eric Apalategui on 10/04/12

The gig is up ... or in this case, maybe it's the jig!

Here at, we've been quietly working on something that will hugely improve this website as a resource for you while also improving the very thing you love: fishing itself. And you can help, WITHOUT spending a bunch of time or pledging any money to us. You don't even have to sign up for anything. Honestly, I don't even need to know your name or get your email address.

Let me explain: Starting this week, this website will begin sharing much of our site revenue with nonprofit groups devoted to improving the angling experience for all of us, whether you are a member of a fishing organization or not.

We are starting by giving those groups a full 75 percent of all commissions earned from our affiliated advertisers. This revenue comes through sales that start on our website but are made through name-brand companies, many of which pay commissions to website operators as part of their regular marketing budgets. The companies we're talking about include some of the best fishing and outdoor companies around, and also some of the biggest retailers on the planet, period.

You can find those commission-paying advertisers on our Best Deals page. All you have to do is start your regular online shopping on that page and click over to your favorite companies' websites. You will pay exactly what you'd pay anyway, but that purchase could easily generate a few more dollars that will help these nonprofits put more fish in your favorite waters or teach the kids to fish who will one day take you out of the old folks' home for a day on the lake.

Not every fishing business has an affiliate advertising program that pays commissions, so I also will share 75 percent of the advertising income from companies that negotiate directly with me for advertising space on this website.

As we launch this program, I am thrilled to tell you that the Oregon Bass & Panfish Club has agreed to be our first partner. This is a wonderful group, one that for more than 50 years has worked to increase access to great fishing spots, improve fish populations and habitats near and far, and selflessly share their fishing skills and tips with everyone, including countless youngsters at free fishing events. They've always been generous with their information for this website, and they donate their time to keep track of Oregon's warmwater fishing records. Plus, they are just so darned nice, and always have been ... my dad used to take me to their meetings more than 30 years ago.

You can find out more about OBPC on their profile page on this website. Members are in the process of developing new articles for, and other groups will do the same. I'll tell you about those new resources as they go online.

As we test out this program, I want to also form partnerships with other groups who work hard to make fishing better for everyone, first here in Oregon and soon in other states. If they are doing good things for fishermen and fisherwomen, and the fish we all pursue, I want to help them raise the money they need to do those things. There is no cost to the nonprofits.

And even if your favorite group is not yet on board, your shopping trips that start at this website will help lay the groundwork to expand this project and help more groups and fellow anglers.

If you want to know more about how this revenue-sharing works, see How This Works.

How can you help without hassle or extra expense? Simply:

  • Please bookmark our Best Deals page and start your regular online shopping by clicking on the company logos you'll find there. Honestly, the hardest thing is to remember that one quick step. The rest is a no-brainer. There are even some extra deals posted on that page, which you'll find if you scroll down and look on the right side of the page. Those deals will change regularly. (And there does happen to be a major shopping season coming up, wedged between the fall salmon run and winter steelhead season. Or so I hear.)
  • Share this program with your fishing buddies, family and others. The How This Works page has all of those handy buttons for social networking, emailing, etc., if you want to make it really easy.
  • If you represent a nonprofit fishing club whose work benefits all anglers, or you know someone who does, feel free to reach out to me. If you're helping our sport, I'd love to help you.

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