Sunday i wanted to kill my skunk, not literally for those that dont know fishing lingo. The day before i made some modifications to my pontoon boat. Installed two rod holders and a basket for extra storage. So i really wanted to get out on the water and give my new additions a try. I got to Applegate lake shortly after noon, there were only 2 other boats on the water, another toon, and a drift boat. The water is really low, i think the lake is at around 20% full. The guy in his toon was fly fishing and said he caught a few smaller trout. Like usually at applegate lake you could see the trout surfacing and jumping. I fished with spoons and spinners mainly, floated power eggs off the bottom for a little and tried some under a bobber as well. And… The skunk lives on. Had some bites but nothing to the boat. I let the wind blow me a good ways across the lake near the campground, i pulled my boat up on shore and did some bank fishing there. I then had to row into the wind all the way back to where i put in at. This was not fun. I guess i should of taken my toon out to a smaller body of water since i hadnt been out rowing since November 5th. Also a anchor would been nice, gonna look into buying/making one. I ended my day by scouting out a few places along the Applegate River to do some steelhead fishing at in the weeks coming. Until next time… Tight Lines!
I called my buddy Isreal saturday and he and his wife wanted to fish the wonderful Applegate Lake. We got there in the afternoon and fished the back end of the lake off of the dirt road. Me and Sandra were the only ones to catch trout on this side of the lake, worms under a bobber worked great, we even caught them about five feet from shore. After a couple hours we decided to go fish off the dam where we had alot of luck last year. We all eventually got our limits of rainbow trout, all but a few came on worms and bobbers, the rest were caught on Panther Martin spinners and Kast Masters. Had another great day of fishing with some friends, i gave my 5 trout to their father so he can learn to work his new smoker 😀
My friend making his second appearance on my blog
Bucket full of rainbows
Thanks for stopping by 😀 I only managed to take a few pictures from the dam on this trip.
Saturday my friend Sunny called me and said he wanted to go fishing, so we went to Applegate Lake. I went fishing with him once last year at applegate lake but he didnt do so well, i caught 4 trout, while he only managed to catch one bluegill. Saturday was much different though he actually caught a trout this time about 8 or so. But i had another one of those days where at times it was hard to keep the trout off the hook, fishing with 2 rods was almost pointless. I caught 25-30 trout, I also caught the biggest that day which we had a friendly wager on, a few were 13inch fatties. We were catching them on Panther Martin spinners and Worms under a bobber, i also caught a few on a pink Blue Fox spinner. Was a good day of fishing with a buddy i dont see much, he enjoyed it so much we went back the next day on sunday.
This is me and our limits from the day
Sunday we went back to the same spot and got our limits but this time my friend Sunny got the biggest, it was a 15 inch beauty, and he actually got it on his salmon rod fishing powerbait on the bottom, i noticed the rod bending and told him he had one on. I knew it had to be a good one or else the rod probably wouldn’t of bent like that. Sunday i probably caught about half as many trout but was still a great day.
This is Sunny gettin the trout ready to go home
Heres the winning trout from Sunday, that trout saved sunny 5 dollars 😀
Didnt take alot of pictures but ill leave u with one more from sunday
Date is still off on the camera 😀 Thanks for stopping by my blog and tight lines to all my fishermen/women out there!
Well i had this all wrote out then something happend and the draft wasnt saved so ill make this short and sweet. Thursday i had the urge to fish im sure you know what im talking about, so i decided to goto my favorite little area even though the weather man said it wasnt gonna be nice out. I first fished the Applegate River not too far above historic Mckee Bridge, the river opened to trout fishing last saturday so i thought id give it a shot. The spot i was fishing had quite a few trees along the shore and i managed to hook one with my panther martin, after that i didnt stay for much longer, i did pack out a bunch of stuff from there though about 20 cents in deposit, a raft ore, 1 flip flop, 1 ford hub cap, and a bunch of beer caps. I then went up to the lake, i fished the back end with a variety spinners i caught about 12 rainbow trout keeping 4. A few of the ones i released i wouldnt of mind keeping but they some how manged to get free right at shore, the biggest was about 15 inches, and the rest ranged from 11-13 inches and almost all were fatties. I was using my 4’6 Ultra Light rod and some of these little trout were peeling my four pound line and most were bending my rod pretty good. I fished off the dam before i left to try to get the fifth and final trout but by then it was quite rainy. Had a great day of fishing at a great place. Thanks for reading and tight lines!
The other side of the river looks like it might be nice to fish from, but i think its private property
My trout catching grounds
Took a few pictures at the dam
Saturday i fished my favorite lake once again, but this time it is at full pool. I arrived around 330pm, and stopped at the water outtake peir thing for some pictures of the lake, didnt see any fish jump or else i would of fished off the dam. I ended up fishing the back end of the lake again, i like it because its deep there and its in between where carberry creek and applegate river come into the lake, also all the rocks could mean some bass, and i plan on trying some bass this year from the clean lakes. When i got to my spot i immediately started throwing a holographic panther martin spinner i had on my rod from thursday at the pond, third or fourth cast and i catch a freshly stocked trout, back he went. I ended up releasing about 4 more of his twins, also had about 5 LDR’s Long Distance Release 🙂 I brought home 2 trout. Caught all trout on panther martin spinners, used powerbait on my second rod but didnt have any luck with it. All n all was a wonderful day at the lake, plenty of bites and plenty of sun. I plan on camping up there soon and going to Miller Lake which iv heard u have to hike into, iv never been there but it looks beautiful from pictures iv seen and its not far from Applegate Lake. Thanks for reading and tight lines!! 😀
Friday i got my car back from the shop and the weather was nice so i went to my favorite place Applegate Lake. I arrived around 4pm and was suprised to see how full the lake is, hasnt been like this for awhile it seems like. I fished the back end of the lake as you’ll see from the pictures. While walking down to my spot, i luckily looked down at the rocks and seen 2 snakes coiled up to eachother on a big flat rock, i yelled some obscenities and walked down a little ways from them and set up my rods. I fished with nightcrawlers on one rod and spinners on the other, spinners out fished bait 3 to 1 that day. I also had a double hook up for the first time in months, i noticed i was gettting a bite on the bobber with worms, so i reeled in my blue fox spinner extremely fast and i got one surprisingly, picked up my bait rod and set the hook and had 2 rainbows back 2 back 🙂 was a great day for fishing, glad to be back on the water after what happened last wednesday.
I guess the date reset when i put new batteries in… oh well lol. thanks for taking a look, tight lines!
Wednesday was an awesome day, the weather felt like summer i could of worn shorts. I didnt plan on fishing but since the sun was out and i had some stuff on my mind, i took a drive. First i drove to the town of Applegate, i went up the hills a little bit then turned around no pictures from up there. Then i drove to another place iv never been, i always like to travel new roads and see new places. I went up the little Applegate road past historic Buncom and up a dirt road on the side of a hill. I got to Tunnel Ridge Site, im not sure how it got that name but you can take a trail down to the Little Applegate River. This area will be great during the summer when we have those triple digit days, you’ll see in the pictures a little rock dam with a pool behind it. I walked up and down the river didnt see any fish nor any large chunks of gold. Ended up with a hand full of cool rocks and some splashes to the face with the cold water. I got to Applegate Lake around 6pm and fished for about an hour. The lake is filling up quite nicely and you can now fish in the rear of the lake for the first time in months. The trout are up there, but im thinking most are still near the dam. I seen quite a few jump but didnt catch any, i didnt see the Ospreys catch any either. I used powerbait on one rod and spinners on the other, the boat 150yd out from me wasnt catching anything that i seen. Still was a good day, nice to see the lake filling up.
To anyone that reads/looks at my blog, i want to know if you have any suggestions, tips, or comments on how to improve or make the site look better? April 24th is coming up and that is trout opener here for us, ill be fishing some awesome lakes that have been closed to fishing since oct31st. Mainly Hyatt, Howard Prarie and Diamond Lake, also the rogue river above lost creek opens. So look forward to some pictures of new places and fat trout real soon.
3 trips in 3 days to my favorite lake, life is wonderful. I only got 3 keepers on monday, which is ok, now i have 12 trout that are about to be smoked. I caught one trout that was about 5 inches which surprised me, i thought only stocked trout were in this lake i guess not. All fish and bites came on night crawlers. Was a wonderful day, a sunny 70 degrees, it was quite windy though, blowing warm and cold air which was different. Before i started fishing i went over to Carberry Creek for some photos and exploring. I found a bunch of trash some of which ended up in my pockets ,some i left like broken bottles and such. I did find a really awesome switch blade knife though, i looked it up on online and its 50 dollars retail!!! Also the other day i didnt mention it but i found a SOU Geology 10x Magnifying glass. And to the pictures….
During the summer when the lake is full you can swim to that rock and jump off it, people also jump off that bridge.
Here is the small fish i caught, the people at Oregonfishingforum say its a land locked salmon.
I fished my favorite lake again for rainbow trout. Weather was real nice and fished in a t shirt until the sun went behind the hills. I Got my limit and the first one was a dandy, 13 and a half inches. I caught it on my4’6 ultra light rod and it felt huge, i had to tighten the drag and it jumped 3 good times. All trout came on half dead womrs lol. Before i started fishing i went to the south end of the lake where the creek comes into the lake, its actually in California. I took some pictures and found some trash to pick up, had another great day at the lake.
Today was a much nicer day then yesterday so off to the lake i went. First though i stopped at the only actual ghost town in southern Oregon, Buncom. Some say Jacksonville is a ghost town but i dont, it is a old gold mining town but thousands of people live there. Buncom is a couple miles up Little Applegate road and you cant miss it, the road comes to a fork and its right there. So i fished the Hart Tish area again where it points out into the lake. I caught 6 and kept 4 with two coming off before i could get them to the bank, I had tons of bites most coming on worms with some on powerbait too. I only got one big one almost 13 inches rest were kinda small, but ill go back tomorrow so ill have enough to smoke.
Sunday was a beautiful day here in Southern Oregon, no football so i had to go fishing!! I Went to my favorite lake and when i got there i noticed it was quite windy, so before i went fishing i took a few pictures and went on a short hike. I took Collings Mtn. Trail no. 943, most of you dont know this but this trail goes to a non functioning Bigfoot trap that was built in the 70’s. If you ever do fish applegate lake it is defiantly worth taking the short hike up there, its only about a half mile along a tiny stream, really beautiful area in the woods. After that i went down to the Hart Tish campground area, its closed right now so you have to park on the road and walk in, or take a trail down to the water which is what i did. Also if you decide to take a trail up to the road after the sun has gone down, i wouldn’t recommend it, walking trails while its dark is no fun. I did catch two nice rainbows on live worms, the first was a nice chunky 12 inches and the other was 13inches and very nice. Hope you enjoy the pictures i had a great day in the woods and on the water 🙂
In this one you can see where i was fishing from. On the right side where it points out into the lake.
Here’s what it looks like looking the opposite side of the trail sign.
Notice the foot on the sign 😀
Here’s the bigfoot trap
Next ones are of when i was down at the water at my new fishing spot.
Today i went to Squaw Lake for the first time. I stopped at Mckee bridge for worms and a snack, but they were all out of worms so i didnt buy anything, so i went and took a few pictures. I got to Squaw lake around 3pm and fished for a couple hours, had powerbait on one rod and was using a bunch of lures with the other. Had no bites and only seen 2 fish jump the whole time, there were plenty of bugs on the water. It is a beautiful lake but its 7 miles off a beaten up road and there is no stockings there that i know of. Also there are no motors allowed on the lakes so it would be nice to bring a toon or raft too. Next time i go up ill also go down the trail and see the smaller squaw lake. I left with an hour of light so i could try to catch something at applegate lake but i got skunked there too. Here’s the photos
And here is the main Squaw Lake
Last one is of Applegate Lake
Today i wanted to kill my 2 trip skunk, so i headed to Applegate lake for some slaying. I got there around noon, and i had the lake to my self. It was quite windy and the rain was off and on. I didnt catch anything for the first couple hours, then went to my car for a snack and to listen to the donkey show for a little bit. I come back to my pole to find a fat trout on, boy was i happy. I caught a couple more fatty trouts, and 1 skinny, then it started to get dark and i had to leave…. I cant wait til the days are a few hours longer..
So on saturday i woke up early and wanted to do some fishing, either on the river or the lake. I decided on the lake because the river is too frustrating. My good buddy also wanted to do some trout fishing so off we went to Applegate around noon. We got there and headed right to the french gulch boat ramp, thats where iv been having some good luck. When we got there we could see the trout surfacing and jumping so we knew we were in the right spot. After about a hour and a half with out any bites, we decided to try the other side of the lake. So we went to the dirt road were the creek enters the lake and try’d our luck there with no avail. After a half hour we packed up once again and went to the copper boat ramp and headed down the hill to try once more. Once again we had no bites and the rain started to pick up, so we decided to pack up and head to the truck to head home. Once at the truck we decided to have a little fun and shoot my friends potatoe gun. After we ran of potatoes we started to go home, while singing eazy e. All in all it was a great day even though we didnt catch a fish or even have a bite. Now for some pictures, i only took a few at the last place we fished.
Last monday i went to applegate once again. It was kinda shitty out with rain coming and going. I fished right by the french gulch boat ramp with worms and powerbait. Got my limit and smoked them a day or two later.
I decided to park on the road and walk down to the lake bad idea LOL
the last shot is a bit blurry but it was the only picture i got of my fish from this day oh well 😀
So on saturday before playoffs started i decided to go get my limit of trout at my favorite lake. With 2 rods i got my limit in 3-4 hours which wasnt bad. The bite was on real good at first but died off as the sun started to break through the clouds. My bait of the day was worms and i fished off the dam because the rocks were dry. Weather was awesome no wind or rain for the first few hours then and it started to get windy right before i caught my final trout.
Went out to Applegate Lake again, didnt do as well as last time but still had some fun. I caught 2 small rainbows, both were released, had more bites than fish. The weather was kinda crappy with rain 90% of the time, but at least there was no wind.