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!
*****Some of you may of already noticed that all my posts on the blog have no pictures now. Well the good news is i still have the pictures on my laptop but the website that was hosting them switched servers and lost them. So now iv got to go through and fix everything. Which isnt all bad, ill get the chance to resize the photos so they are easier to view. Also iv given thought into switching over to blogger. I do the like the simple look of my blog, and some of my regular readers do too, i think? If any of you want to give some input id appreciate it. I do attend to get more blogging done then i have been lately. Im coming up on 4,000 site views and i want to thank all of u who visit this blog whether you, subscribe, got here by google, message board, or know me personally.*****
Now to the good stuff! Monday 10-11 was my birthday, and honestly for me there isnt a better way to spend it then going fishing. The last 2-3 months iv just been targeting Bass, so it was time for change and the trout at Fish Lake were in for it! Fish Lake was originally a natural lake that was enlarged in 1906 with a 50ft dam. The Lake covers 440 acres when full, which is about three times its original size. Located on highway 140 about 35 miles from my town Medford, elevation 4700ft so it gets cold!
I got out on the water around noon, and almost immediately started to get bites on chartreuse Power Eggs. Then not long after i caught a little rainbow on a panther martin. This wasnt too far from where i put in at, so i decided to go out further and test out my home made anchor. While anchored out there i caught the third fish of the day and it was a dandy. There was a father and son in a boat anchored parallel to me about 75ft away and i could hear the kid say “hes got one on” must of heard my drag screaming. It made a couple runs on me when i got it near the toon, it put up a hell of a fight on my little Ultra Light rod. After that one i spent a couple hours catching a small rainbows here and there. I caught around 10 rainbow trout all together, and one juvenile Chinook Salmon, on a panther martin. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are stocking these little salmon in the lake in hopes of them getting big and eating the exotic tui chub and fathead minnows in the lake. Im sure when these baby chinook salmon get bigger they’ll taste like kokanee.
I ended the day around 6 when the sun disappeared over the hills it got quite chilly. I had 3 fish on the stringer and 2 of them were really nice, the 3rd was a average 11-12 incher. I didnt take many photos this trip, my batteries died after i took six pictures. Doh.
Now for the sink shot 😀
Ill try to make this post short like my fishing trip was tuesday. I fished Emigrant Lake which is in the town of Ashland, when coming up Interstate 5 from california this is the first town you come to in oregon. I fished off the dam for a couple hours with out catching anything, maybe i had a coule bites or it could of been a rock hitting the spinner. I seen 2 fish jump while i was there, which made me stay fishing a little longer. I didnt leave the lake empty handed though, packed out a few beer cans, some bait containers and a miniature propane tank.
In this one u can see some Ashland HS students carrying their row boat to the water.
Also on mothers day i fished for a few hours at the local expo ponds, i brought 2 small trout in on spinners, also had a decent trout take my lure about 7 feet from shore and shook it free right after. Didnt take any photos that time. Thanks again for reading my blog and tight lines!!!!
Tuesday I fished Medco Pond for the third time, and had the best luck so far. I didnt catch any warm water fish like i did the first time out there, but i caught plenty of trout. I estimate i caught about 30 trout in the 3 hours i was there, all but one came on a holographic Panther Martin spinner size 6 i think, the paint is coming off of it but its green and pink and the blade is like a rainbow trout. The couple next to me were catching them on worms and powerbait under bobbers and they seemed to be doing well. I brought the first one in on the second or third cast which is always nice. I also caught a couple while the spinner was falling before i could even retrieve it. The weird thing that day was the ospreys couldnt seem to catch the fish very well, i think i seen them come up with a fish once, and they were trying quite often. Thanks for stopping by my little blog 🙂 Tight lines to all my fishermen/women out there.
Lately iv noticed birds have shown up in my blog along with fish lol. The guy fishing near me thought the birds were owls LOL i had to inform him that they were Ospreys 😀 The date is still messed up on the camera i promise u these were taken yesterday not two years ago haha.
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!! 😀
Iv been putting this post off for some time now, but i guess ill write about what happened last Wednesday. I left my house around 1pm to fish Lost Creek Lake, on my way i should of known better, there was lots of rain and i even saw some lightening out toward highway 140. I got to the hatchery and it was still raining, so i parked my car and went to go watch the steelhead come into the hatchery. I forgot my steelhead rod at my house, so i didnt get to fish for them, i saw some nice ones and most were fin clipped. Eventually the rain stopped and the sun came out, i went and bought some trout pellets from the quarter machine, im gonna make my own powerbait one day, then i took off for the lake. I fished by the Takelma Boat ramp, im guessing on the dam would of been better where its deeper. I got skunked, lost a few spinners, and the worms are in the fridge and havent been touched since wednesay. By 6pm i had a enough of the wind, and i had picked up every bottle and beer can i could find in the area i was fishing, so i packed up and went to my car. My thoughts then were, “I still have some daylight left lets go down that dirt road and see if i can find some new fishing holes” Well i found some new fishing spots, but i kept on driving up the road, ended up at the top of a hill and I could see the lake way down below. While up there i took a few pictures and took in the sights, was really beautiful and peaceful up there, didnt see a single soul while up there. Coming down the dirt road i was approching a corner while going around 20 mphs, hit my brakes and my tires locked on me and i ended up going straigt into a ditch on my side instead of taking the turn. This was the first major wreck iv been in while driving, i immediately climbed out of the passenger side and proceeded to call for some help. Thankfully i wasnt going fast and the area my car flipped wassnt that steep, and thanks to a tree that kept me on my side and only put a small dent on my roof. I made it out of the wreck with out any major injuries, a few scrapes and a bruise and a hurt thumb, i think all that happend when i jumped from the car, i dont know. Well heres the pictures, the one of my car was taken with my phone.
The lake is down there.
Next two were taken about 5 minutes before i flipped
Thanks for reading. Ill try to do one more blog post today, it’ll be about the local cage fights from last saturday night. Im looking forward to this saturday its trout opener and my plans are to camp at Hyatt Lake. My car’s been at the shop so hopefully it gets fixed in time.
Sunday was a really nice day down here in southern oregon so i had to go fishing. When i got my first look at the lake i knew everyone else had the same idea. There had to be atleast 20 boats out there, that i could see from the dam. Quite a few cars were parked at the spillaway too, i parked on the dam and fished from the rocks, which make great seats. I fished from 1pm to 630pm and had a few bites, i hooked into one trout that felt like a nice one but after a few seconds and a head thrash he got off. All my bites came on powerbait, i try’d worms, powereggs, and multiple lures. It was an awesome day to be out on the water, hope more sunny days follow.
The first few shots you can see a plane .