About Me

Some of my favorite fish to chase are White Sturgeon in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Check out my latest project, a 5-Episode Podcast on Cast and Spear!

Episode 1 — Murphy’s Law of Fishing

Episode 2 — Catching a 1 in 4 Million Fish

Episode 3 — Your Guide to Catching a Unicorn Trout

Episode 4 — Fishing New Zealand

Episode 5 — The Instagram of Fishing


Who am I? Luke Ovgard.

Fish Caught: 12,305

Species Caught: 214

All-Tackle World Records:  2 Official

IGFA Trout Grand Slams: 5 Official

IGFA Trout Super Grand Slams: 1 Official

States Fished: 17 (Plus D.C.)
Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., Wyoming

Countries Fished: 5
Canada, Portugal, New Zealand, Spain, United States

“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” –Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher

Lao Tzu was wise, sure, but he clearly wasn’t a fisherman. If he was, he would’ve said: “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, hook him for a lifetime.”

I’ve been fishing for more than 20 years, and fishing is my lifestyle.

I know a lot about the sport, but I’m always learning more, and I hope I can share that with you, as we learn together. This blog exists so I can share my two passions in life — fishing and writing — with those willing to read it.

So next time the fish aren’t hitting your bait, lean back and read about fishing until the fish do bite. You may or may not get hooked, but I encourage you take a moment and get CaughtOvgard.

Start off by reading about How I Got Hooked, follow my #SpeciesQuest, look at my Gear Up! section to see what gear to buy, or learn the essential skills of fishing with my How To… section.

Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Fishbrain @LukeOvgard.

6 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Luke, My name is Bob Anderson, and I am the VP of Friends of the library. We have a quarterly meeting coming up in January and would like it if you could give a talk on your fishing adventures? I have talked about you in one of our meetings and the folks are very excited if you could be there. The location is at the library. I can give you a firm date in time if this is possible Thanks Bob Andersonrobert

  2. Recently for the first time I hiked in to the Klamath River canyon to look at the river. This was on the south side a few miles back from Topsy. I was wondering if there is better access on the north side of river?

    1. Hey Mike!

      There are three major sections of the river that are accessed above Topsy Reservoir.

      1) You can access the base of the Keno Dam from Clover Creek Road. You’ll come in on the north side of the river. The coordinates of this access point after a long and washboarded gravel road are 42°08’04.4″N 121°57’01.0″W.

      2) The most common access point is parking along Hwy 66 anywhere from 1-5 miles outside of Keno and hiking down. This is tough access and you’ll come in on the south side of the river.

      3) The third access point is where the river dumps into Topsy Reservoir. You’ll come in on the north side of the river here. You access this by crossing the Topsy Bridge over 66 and turning right on Keno Access Road. Take the first major gravel road to the right and follow the road to these coordinates: 42°09’04.3″N 122°01’14.5″W.

      Tight Lines!

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