Friday the 3rd day of June I headed up to Medco Pond to camp and fish. The next day, Saturday was free camping day at state parks in Oregon. So my plan Friday evening was to stop by Joseph H. Stewart State Park at Lost Creek Reservoir, and try to reserve a free spot for the next day. Apparently they weren’t taking reservations for the free camping day unless you were staying the night before. I asked what time to come back the next day and left for Medco Pond. Got to the old logging pond late in the evening and found a nice little spot not far from the pond to set up my tent and construct my pontoon boat. By the time I got my toon together it was dark, and the stars very bright. I wanted to have my boat put together the night before so I could be on the water really early. But I slept in. Being outdoors is a better environment to sleep I don’t know why lol. By the time I got on the water there were already some people fishing, from shore, and other small boats. Also an Osprey was fishing all morning, I could watch him from my tent hitting the water was very cool.
Ospreys gotta be my favorite bird, always putting on a show. At this Pond a big Bald Eagle lived nearby too, you would see him chase after the osprey sometimes after a meal I assume. I started out fishing the half of the pond that is covered in weeds. You don’t see anyone fishing this side usually because of the thickness of the weeds. But I know fish are in there. Early in the morning most of the time the Osprey dove into the water it was on the weeded side. And id imagine huge bass are sitting in there and loving it. I didn’t fish the weeds for long and had to get out into water that didn’t have near as much weeds. I got out there and put away my bass jigs and worms for most of the time. I brought my Ultra Lite spinning rod and tied on a couple flys. Almost all the fish came on the green wolly bugger, but a few hit the dry fly i was using too. I caught tons of trout, but they were all under 8″. Still put up a fight on my little 4ft UL rod. I started out trolling while rowing forwards, mostly because iv always rowed forward while in my pontoon. This makes it kind of difficult when you get a fish on while trolling, your facing forward and the fishing is behind you. So I quickly learned to troll while rowing backwards. This made it a lot easier when i got a fish on, usually they stayed on.
Fishing here was an absolute blast! The tip of my rod was always bouncing from fishing hitting the flys, a lot of the time they didn’t stick to the hook. But watching my rod tip go crazy was really fun, almost as fun as running plugs for steelhead in a drift boat. If i hadn’t got a little bite on my flys in more then a few minutes i knew i had some weeds on my line and it was time to reel in and check. It was constant fish action! Got a few little Crappies which are sweet looking and fight hard! Also caught a few tiny bass. One I thought was gonna be bigger because he took for the cover of the weeds after swiping my fly! People on the banks were mostly catching bluegills but i seen some catch an occasional trout. One bass boat was out and he didnt have anything good to report, said he couldn’t believe it was June because we were both wearing sweaters. Other boats out there were doing good catching the trout from what i seen. Its a great place out and away from the city and anything. No cell service. Free Camping. Not many people. Great place!!!!
I ended up staying here Saturday night. Didnt feel like packing everything and going to a campground that isnt close to the lake, how it is at Stewart State Park. Medco was very fun. Didnt have to deal with water skiers or other types of speed boats. The bird watching was great. The peacefulness of this place is what really made me want to stay here instead of the big recreational Lost Creek Lake. I give this place two thumbs up if your looking to have a good time! Tight Lines my friends!
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.
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 was another beautiful day in Oregon, so i had to go enjoy it. My thoughts were to goto Medco pond and fish spinners where i usually do there, but as i arrived there and seen all the people fishing/camping i decided to go some where else. So i kept on driving and decided to fish the far Upper Rogue above Lost Creek Lake, I had never fished the upper river before so i decided to give it a go. The first place i went to was Rivers Bridge Campground, its a beautiful little area about a 1/4 mile from the highway, first time on a dirt road for me since i flipped my car about a month ago, felt a little uneasy at first but all was well. Im a rookie at river fishing so at first i felt a little discouraged when didnt get any bites or see any sign of fish, but i was casting my spinner downstream and i think that may be the wrong way to fish it. I then decided to walk upstream about 100ft from the bridge and try my luck, started casting my spinner upstream and when i got it in the right pocket i could see the trout chase after it, after a couple casts from this spot i caught my first and only fish of the day, a beautiful redband rainbow trout, he was about 6-7 inches, pretty sure he was a wild fish. After catching that guy i hooked a couple more in the same area but they got off, went a little further up river with out any luck, and decided to goto my car for some lunch, after eating a few of my smoked trout and some chips i took off down the highway for another spot. I ended up at Abbot Creek, what an awesome area, another place id never been to, and the rapids were magnificent! I walked up river about a mile with my rod in hand stopping and fishing every now and then but since the water was so high, fast and cold the fishing wasnt so great. But i did i have a great hike through the wilderness, not seeing a single soul until on my way back and they were on the other side of the river, i love the solitude out there. I had a great day of fishing/exploring and i plan on fishing this part of the river much more espically once the water gets warmer and when the water isnt as high. Thanks for stopping by my blog and tight lines!!!
I didnt mention it but i did catch a couple of these too, they were released unharmed 😀
I thought about going out on this log and fishing but that water is awfully cold and fast.
After hiking around Abbot Creek i decided to head back to Rivers Bridge campground where i had some success earlier, after a few casts i had a decent trout on but he got free after some head shakes.
Thursday was one of the nicest days we’ve had in So. Or. it got up into the up 70’s and after hanging out with some friends and having a fruit smoothie i set off to wonderful Applegate lake. Since it was so nice out i wore shorts and flip flops, also i think since the weather was so good i was in kind of a hurry to leave that i forgot the camera, so no pictures this time but there are lots of them on here. I fished off the dam, which i did alot of my fishing from last spring and early summer, i actually fished off of some of the same rocks i stood on last year. Right when i got there i immediately started to throw the holographic panther martin with the paint coming off, after a while with no bites and seeing plenty of fish surface and jump, i changed up to a regular black and green panther martin but red paint on the blades, first cast fish on, was on the small side so back he went. I brought my favorite bait so i put a bobber on and some worms on my 2nd rod and continued to fish with various spinner and kastmasters, worms seemed to be the ticket though, i knew after awhile if my bobber hadn’t moved for bit that most likely the bait was gone. Had a great day of fishing, brought in about 7 trout keeping 2 of them, had about another 7 that were long distance released 2 of which felt like nice trout, oh and the bites on my worms were countless 😀 Oh ill leave u with 2 pictures of what i came home with 😀 Tight lines to all
Thats just the stuff i put in my pocket, all the bigger pieces of trash went into my backpack.
I spent a few hours yesterday at the local Expo Ponds, its nice coming here because its right down the road pretty much just a couple miles. Talked to a high school kid and he said his class just went on a field trip to the hatchery, and the hatchery worker told them when they were stocking the pond this week and they accidentally left the gate open and they over stocked the pond lol. Looking at the stocking schedule it says the pond was due to have 1,300 legals stocked and the kid said they put in 5,000. But for some reason the fish werent really biting, i caught and released 4-5 smaller trout about 8-9 inches is my guess. The other day Colby was fishing the ponds and did quite well catching a 6 and half pound bass and a few other ranging from 4 to 2 pounds, i recommend checking out his you-tube channel for some bass videos from southern oregon and northern california. My plans are to learn how to catch bass some time this year, iv been talking to my step sisters boy friend for a long time about going fishing with him and hes a great bass fisherman. But as of now trout is just fine and what ever else that decides to take my offerings 🙂
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!! 😀
Thursday i fished in the rain, hail, and some snow, also sunshine, Oregon is weird like that. I brought my camera but didnt take any pictures at the pond, but i do have a few from a month ago i never posted. I fished from 4 til 730, and caught around 10 trout. First one came on a red Blue Fox spinner, then i started catching them on a gold kastmaster. During the rain an older lady who i later found out was from the Philippines, came down to the spot next to me and started fishing using a wedding ring, and was catching them. Ended the day catching a couple more on a panther martin and powerbait under a bobber 🙂