Inaugural Season

BAM Heads to Columbia River June 28-30

Jun 17, 2024Boardman, News, ProAm0 comments

Columbia River and the BAM Trail Pro Am

The BAM Tournament Trail Pro/Am series heads to its fourth stop of the 2024 season in Boardman, Ore. for what is expected to be a smallmouth slugfest at the Columbia River presented by the Boardman Chamber of Commerce.

Two-time BAM Pro Tour champion, Oregon angler Colby Pearson from Klamath Falls anticipates big numbers of bass to be caught. “The Columbia is one of the most bountiful fisheries in the region,” he shared. “The smallmouth will be post-spawn and the largemouth will likely be found in all stages with spawners, as well as pre- and post-spawners.”

Launching in Boardman, Pearson doesn’t think he will make much of a run. “Most likely it won’t be necessary,” he said. “Boardman is the hub, the pool that most people fish or that most people lock down to, generally within 5 to 10 miles of the area.”

Hot Lures for the Columbia

Equipped with an arsenal of lures that include topwater options, small swimbaits and spinnerbaits for smallies alongside traditional flippin’ and pitchin’ gear for largemouth, Pearson doesn’t think that Forward Facing Sonar will be a winning factor. “Here, there are speedy free-flowing rivers,” he explained. “It isn’t like the Delta, which has a more stable current movement. Forward Facing will catch some fish here, but I don’t think that is what is going to win it.”

His advice for his Am draw partner involves finesse tactics such as tubes, a dropshot, and small swimbaits. “The most important thing will be to use techniques that are catching big numbers,” he added. “More bites will help the Am to cull through to the biggest ones and then something like a Super Spook Jr in the low light conditions for a kicker fish.”

Local Advice

Mel Williams of Kennewick, Wash. is also Columbia River bound for the competition. “It has been getting warmer here and the fish are in a post-spawn movement toward the main channels to feed,” he shared. “I’m a largemouth guy, but the biggest target will be the smallmouth.”

Williams anticipates tempting largemouth with a War Eagle spinnerbait, and a flippin’ presentation.  For smallies, he will tie on a dropshot rig, flukes or Yamamoto creature baits.

“I also would say a Spook in the morning,” he shared. “For my co-angler, it would be mostly the fishing the same thing.

The three-day event kicks off on June 26. Registration is underway.

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