Fishing - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. Along the McKenzie River - Martin

    Along the McKenzie River - 1921

    Good photos bring you into the scene. This view of the McKenzie River by Eugene photographer Edmund Martin definitely qualifies by that criteria. Learn More
  2. Boatloads of Salmon at Oswego Creek

    Boatloads of Salmon at Oswego Creek - 1905

    At the beginning of the twentieth century, local fishermen at the mouth of Sucker Creek (now Oswego Creek) would catch one ton of salmon per night at the beginning of salmon season. Learn More
  3. Brown Brothers Fish Wheel at Willamette Falls - Clavering

    Brown Brothers Fish Wheel at Willamette Falls - c. 1896

    More common on the Columbia River, this mechanized form of "mining" fish was used briefly at Willamette Falls. Learn More
  4. Cans of Salmon, Warren Packing Co., Cathlamet - Ford

    Cans of Salmon, Warren Packing Co., Cathlamet - c. 1900

    Several hundred thousand cans of salmon stand ready for shipment in the Warren cannery in Cathlamet, Washington. Learn More
  5. Cascades of the Columbia and Cascade Locks - Jackson

    Cascades of the Columbia and Cascade Locks - c 1885

    We're looking over a movable fishwheel, sometimes called a fish scow, towards the Cascade Locks under construction and the town of Cascade Locks behind them. Learn More
  6. Celilo Falls, Circa 1915

    Celilo Falls, Circa 1915

    This image, recreated from a detailed larger print, shows another edition of the evolving fishing structures at Celilo Falls. Learn More
  7. Close-up of Fish Wheel on the Columbia - Mayo & Weed

    Close-up View of a Fish Wheel - 1890s

    This close-up photo shows a lot of detail, revealing some of the construction techniques for fish wheels. Learn More
  8. Dip Netting for Lamprey at the Dalles - Bertram C. Towne

    Dip Netting for Lamprey at the Dalles - c. 1887

    The lamprey is an ancient fish, which like the salmon returns from several years in the ocean to spawn in fresh-water rivers. Learn More
  9. Family with Their Fishwheel, Columbia River - Crawford

    Family with Their Fishwheel, Columbia River - c. 1890

    While some of the large fishwheels, and most of the permanently fixed fishwheels, were owned by corporations or other businesses, many families built and operated their own fishwheels on the Columbia River. Learn More
  10. Fish Wheel at Bradford's Island - Crawford

    Fish Wheel at Bradford's Island - c. 1890

    The original title of this photo didn't even mention the fish wheel; it was just called "Bradford's Island, Columbia River". Learn More
  11. Fish Wheel at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - McAlpin

    Fish Wheel at Upper Cascades, Columbia River - c. 1885

    Fish wheels, water-powered mechanisms that "mined" salmon, were active on the Columbia River from 1879 through 1934. Learn More
  12. Fish Wheel near the Lower Cascades - Harnish

    Fish Wheel near the Lower Cascades - 1900s

    A detailed view of an elaborate fixed fish wheel on the bank of the Columbia River. Learn More
  13. Fish Wheel on the Columbia River - White

    Fish Wheel on Columbia River - 1905

    According to the original caption, this fish wheel near The Dalles would "take out half a ton of salmon daily". Learn More
  14. Fish Wheel with One Night's Catch - Herrin

    Fish Wheel with One Night's Catch - 1894

    The crew of a fish wheel near the Dalles shows off their catch. Learn More
  15. Fish Wheel, Near Bradford's Island, Columbia River - Isaac G. Davidson

    Fish Wheel, Near Bradford's Island, Columbia River - c. 1880

    This photo shows an early fish wheel on the Columbia River, near Bradford's Island, which is now submerged behind Bonneville Dam. Learn More
  16. Fishing at Willamette Falls - Drayton

    Fishing at Willamette Falls - c. 1842

    This engraving is taken from the five-volume set (plus an atlas) "Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition", by Charles Wilkes, published in 1845. Learn More
  17. Fishing Below Willamette Falls (Tinted)

    Fishing Below Willamette Falls (Tinted) - circa 1895

    This idyllic view of fishing below the Falls is recreated from a hand-tinted print of a black and white (actually sepia tone) photo. Learn More
  18. Fishing Below Willamette Falls

    Fishing Below Willamette Falls - c. 1895

    This image of fishing at the Falls shows a lot about late nineteenth century fishing practices, as well as the power of the water at the site. Learn More
  19. Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - Kilburn

    Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - 1890s

    Two young men fish for salmon at Celilo, with their catch and some of their implements displayed in the foreground. Learn More
  20. Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - Lee

    Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - 1941

    Taken as part of a U. S. Farm Security Administration project, this comparatively recent photo shows two Native American men working a dip net on their slippery platform. Learn More
  21. Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls 2 - Lee

    Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls 2 - 1941

    In this comparatively recent photo taken by government photographer Russell Lee, we see an individual fisherman using a dip net to capture salmon at Celilo Falls. Learn More
  22. Fishing in Eden - Weister

    Fishing in Eden - circa 1915

    Recreated from the original glass negative, this view shows one of many beautiful fishing holes in the state of Oregon. Learn More
  23. Fishing with a Dip-net at Celilo Falls

    Fishing with a Dip-net at Celilo Falls - 1942

    This dramatic photo shows the size of some of the dip-nets used to catch salmon at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River. Learn More
  24. Fishing, Old and New, at Celilo Falls - Patterson

    Fishing, Old and New, at Celilo Falls - 1910s

    This fishing photo shows two methods of taking salmon at the falls. Learn More
  25. Gaffing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - Prentiss

    Gaffing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - 1921

    Sometimes called "Spearing for Salmon", this popular view shows the use of the gaff hook - a sharp hook at the end of a long pole, used to stab the fish and then lift it to shore. Learn More
  26. Horse Camping in Eastern Washington - Palmer

    Horse Camping in Eastern Washington - c. 1910

    This idylic photo is taken along an unnamed river in eastern Washington. If you can identify the location, please let us know. Learn More
  27. Lamprey Eels at Willamette Falls

    Lamprey Eels at Willamette Falls - 1913

    Lamprey eels are actually a fish, not an eel. Older than salmon, they also migrate to the ocean and return to Northwest rivers to spawn. Learn More
  28. Landing a 43 1/2 lb. Salmon at Willamette Falls

    Landing a 43 1/2 lb. Salmon at Willamette Falls - c. 1930

    The label of this period postcard is quite specific as to the weight of the fish, as well it should be to honor the proud fisherman. Learn More
  29. Landing a Salmon at The Dalles - Herrin

    Landing a Salmon at The Dalles - 1890s

    A rare early "live action" shot of dip-net fishing at The Dalles. Learn More
  30. Lower Deschutes River, Below Sixteen Canyon - George M. Weister
  31. Mt. Hood from Shore of Lost Lake - Ralph Eddy

    Mt. Hood from Shore of Lost Lake - c. 1927

    This classic image is recreated from a postcard negative that was apparently never published, taken by Ralph Eddy in about 1927. Learn More
  32. Nice Fish, The Dalles - Herrin

    Nice Fish, Larry! - 1890s

    A large female Chinook salmon hangs outside a commercial building somewhere in The Dalles. Learn More
  33. Ocean Fishing Fleet at Newport - Eddy

    Ocean Fishing Fleet at Newport - 1944

    Photographer Ralph Eddy captures wonderful reflections in the water of the bay in one of his later postcard negatives. As with most of our Eddy prints, we are using a larger crop than he originally used in his postcards. Learn More
  34. On the Shore of Crater Lake - Kunselman and Gerking

    On the Shore of Crater Lake - c. 1912

    There have been boats on Crater Lake since at least 1869, used for both scientific study and pleasure cruises. This photo from 1912 shows that fishing had been added to that list. Learn More
  35. One Day's Catch at Big Lagoon - Meiser

    One Day's Catch at Big Lagoon - 1908

    Four college-age men show off their substantial catch, while camping in the woods near Big Lagoon, north of Arcata, California. Learn More
  36. Salmon Cannery at Rooster Rock - Weister

    Salmon Cannery at Rooster Rock - c. 1910

    The Rooster Rock Cannery once existed on the west side of Rooster Rock in the small bay between Tunnel Point and Rooster Rock. Learn More
  37. Salmon Fishermen on the Columbia River - Kilburn

    Salmon Fishermen on the Columbia River - 1896

    Standing along, or in, the south edge of the Columbia, this proud crew shows off the results of their labors. Learn More
  38. Salmon Fishermen, Columbia River

    Salmon Fishermen, Columbia River - c. 1900

    A great group portrait of a salmon fishing crew showing off their catch, likely near the mouth of the Columbia. The second fellow from the right appears to be the supervisor. Learn More
  39. Salmon Fishing at the Mouth of the Clackamas River - Eddy

    Salmon Fishing at the Mouth of the Clackamas River - 1937

    Hoglines are nothing new on the Willamette River, as is evidenced by this seventy-five year old photo taken by Ralph Eddy at the mouth of the Clackamas. Learn More
  40. Salmon Fishing at Willamette Falls

    Salmon Fishing at Willamette Falls - c. 1925

    This professional snapshot has the printed subtitle, "A 50 pound Catch is not Uncommon". Learn More
  41. Salmon Fishing at Willamette Falls - Eddy

    Salmon Fishing at Willamette Falls - c. 1925

    This image is recreated from a panoramic postcard by Oregon City photographer Ralph Eddy. Learn More
  42. Salmon Fishing, Upper Columbia River - Ingersoll

    Salmon Fishing, Upper Columbia River - c. 1885

    This 1880s view of bank fishing in the Columbia shows three fishermen, two of them displaying what I'd call fairly small fish. Learn More
  43. Salmon Ready for Canning, Cathlamet - Ford

    Salmon Ready for Canning, Cathlamet - c. 1900

    There are a number of postcards and stereoviews showing similar scenes, but this image is recreated from a larger print by photographer John F. Ford. Learn More
  44. Sam Oliver's Seining Grounds near the Mouth of the Columbia - Andrew B. Paxton

    Sam Oliver's Seining Grounds near the Mouth of the Columbia - c. 1890

    Born about 1833 in Italy, Sam Oliver was active in taking salmon from the Columbia since at least 1875, when he put up 1200 barrels of salted salmon. Learn More
  45. Seining for Salmon at the Mouth of the Columbia - Meiser

    Seining for Salmon at the Mouth of the Columbia - c. 1900

    Seine fishing is a traditional way of taking salmon from the Columbia. When early settlers arrived here they found the Chinook people using seines made from wild grasses or fiber from tree roots. Learn More
  46. Seining Grounds Above Astoria - Bertram C. Towne

    Seining Grounds Above Astoria - 1887

    In the 1800s, salmon were caught in three ways: gill nets, fish traps and horse-drawn seines copied from Native American fiber drag nets. Learn More
  47. Spawning Salmon, Cazadero Hatchery

    Spawning Salmon, Cazadero Hatchery - c. 1907

    From 1907 through 1939 spawning salmon were trapped at the Cazadero and River Mill Dams on the Clackamas River and their eggs harvested to be used as hatchery brood stock. Learn More
  48. Spring Fever - Chetco River - Ralph Gifford

    Spring Fever - Chetco River, c. 1940

    This aptly named photograph shows a couple (it appears the person on the right is a woman) who have managed to get away for a spring day of fishing on the Chetco River. Learn More
  49. Taking Salmon from a Fish Trap in Baker's Bay - Towne

    Taking Salmon from a Fish Trap in Baker's Bay - c. 1887

    This type of fish trap was called a "pound net". Used in various parts of the country, the device included a long leader, stretched perpendicular to the shore, which guided salmon into the pound. Learn More
  50. The Fish Carrier - Curtis

    The Fish Carrier - c. 1910

    A young Wishram woman pauses at the banks of the Columbia River with her woven fish basket on her back, suspended by a traditional head-strap as shown in detail view 1. Learn More

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