Let’s Look Back – Part Eight

As you can see from the background in this picture, Washington's Silver Lake was filled with pad cover during the time I lived there.  It was also loaded with yellow perch.  The Heddon Basser was one of the best lures you could tie on to catch the lake's largemouth.  Provided, that is, you had it in the right finish and knew how it had to be handled.

As you can see from the background in this picture, Washington’s Silver Lake was filled with pad cover during the time I lived there. It was also loaded with yellow perch. The Heddon Basser was one of the best lures you could tie on to catch the lake’s largemouth. Provided, that is, you had it in the right finish and knew how it had to be handled. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

My love affair with one of the bass lures the Heddon Tackle Company used to market was undoubtedly impacted by the habitat and forage of the lake I lived on for more than 35 years.

When my family moved from North Dakota to Washington State in 1936 we settled in the city of Longview.  Longview is located in the southwest part of the Evergreen State 50 miles down the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.

Longview sets right on the Columbia.  As I’ve pointed out in my recent Let’s Look Back columns, I cut my bass fishing molars fishing the Columbia River’s backwater sloughs.  These sloughs were often used for log storage for the city’s big lumber mills. [Read more…]