I woke up early today ate some grits for breakfest and called my buddy George and met him at the gate at Denman Wildlife area to do some winter steelhead fishing. We had been there for about 30-40 minutes, when i felt one of those magical tugs. I thought i had got snagged up on the bottom again because id kept on hitting the same thing but this time the snag fought back. It was alot shorter fight then the last one, mainly because i had my drag set really tight because i had forgotten to loosen it from a earlier snag. George netted the fish for me then we found out it was a wild steelhead, then we had to figure out if it was over 24 inches, if it was under i would have to set it free. Luckily it was over! I then bled it and got some pictures, tagged it and continued fishing until about 2pm when we decided to head home to watch the superbowl. It was another awesome day on the water with a another new fishing buddy!
Thursday the water was even lower at Denman. I only fished for a couple hours. Lost a few spoons to the bottom and after the 3rd one i called it a day. At one point i thought my skunk had ended but it turned out to be a stick. Wasnt a bad day on the river, was tee shirt weather until the sun went down.
Friday i came back to the Denman Wildlife area. I arrived around 245pm and the water was looking great. It was probably as low and clear as January 11th the day i caught my first steelhead in over 10 years. I got to the same spot i caught that steelhead at 3-4 weeks prior, and even tied on the same color of little cleo that i had caught that steelhead on. After about ten casts into fishing at my favorite hole i hook into what i thought was a snag on the bottom of the river. But this wasnt any ordinary snag, this snag did some head shakes and thats when i knew i had hooked into a steelhead! I fought this steelhead for what id guess about 4 or 5 minutes, it fought really hard, and peeled lots of line.I was finally able to tire it out a bit and beach it up on dry land. I then shoved my hand down its gills and carried it down to where a couple guys were fishing not too far from where i was. I talked with them and we became fishing buddys! He showed me how to bleed the fish and took a few photos of me and the fish. They were using bait, so me being a nice guy i gave them one of my spoons to use. My steelhead turned out to be the only one of the day, they caught some trout, and had some steehlead break them off. So it wasnt too bad of a day 😀 Tight Lines!
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The water has been lowering on the upper Rogue River lately, they started to reduce the flows from the dam, thankfully. Now with the water lowering from over 5,000cfs coming out of the dam, Tuesday had about 3,600 I believe. Each day in the paper they have the flows printed from the previous night. So with the river going back into shape i wanted to fish it! I went to the Denman Wildlife area, it’s a short drive about 7 miles so its nice to come to even if its only for a couple of hours. I only fished for about a hour and half before i decided to pack up and go home, the water was still a little high for my liking. Im still only using spoons, im trying to master this technique before learning others for steelhead, but if i have some one to instruct me in person on how to do a different technique id gladly learn. So i was packing up my stuff when i noticed a big bright yellow helicopter coming my way. My first thoughts were “is it going to land where im standing?” luckily i figured out what it was doing after i sprinted to safety. Turns out the helicopter was just doing practice maneuvers with sucking up water from the river and near by ponds and dropping it back to where he picked it up from. It was really cool to watch, he did about five fly arounds and put on a great show for me!
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Thursday i wanted to do some fishing but also wanted stay kinda local, so i decided to bass fish the Denman Ponds. The first couple ponds are so small and shallow that they probably dont hold any bass. The next of ponds down the road are nice sized and i hadnt fished them in a long time 10 plus years. I threw a yum dinger worm for a bit then tossed a floating rappala, no bites, probably because its cold out. I then went to the other side of the pond to check things out, and while crossing a flooded part of the trail, i lost my balance and stepped into the water, should of had my waders on. I ended up checking out a pond id never seen before then i headed down the road to the Rogue River just to check out the water level and to pick up some beer cans and stuff. While on my way back to my car i spotted a container under a shrub and did some investigating. I found a lock tight Tupperware container that had kid toys and a bar a soap in it, also there was a pen and a small notepad. Turned out this container was a Geo-Cache. Id heard about these things before on tv and hadnt given it much thought until i stumbled upon this one. Its actually kinda cool. Might use my friends GPS to find some more in the future. I signed my name to the notepad, and also added the url to this blog and put my old car air freshener in the container and put it back where i found it under some leafs. I then took a trail id never been on, it follows Little Butte Creek. Turns out theres plenty of places to fish along this trail. Im gonna bring my trout gear next time and give the creek a try. Its lure and fly only, C&R of trout, except for no limit on brookie. And you can keep fin-clipped steelhead. Sounds good to me! Enjoy the pictures and Tight Lines!!!
I went down to the river again today, but this time to Denman Wildlife/Tueville area. Its a short ride to this part of the river, only about 7 miles away. The river was really high as i expected it would, water clarity was about a foot or less. I tried to fish my spoons at a few spots along the river, i even tried drifting a warm i found in the water. The water was much too high to be effectively fishing, i guess thats why i was the only one out there fishing today. Oh Well, it was a great day for photos…Until next time. Tight Lines!
Me and the river met once again but this time exclusively at the Cheif Hole on the far side of Mcgregor Park. I threw just spoons, as im trying to get just this one technique down before trying to learn others. The river was up a little bit from the day before, i wasnt getting snagged on the bottom near as much. I think they were letting extra water out of the dam for some reason. I borrowed a camera until i find out if mine still works, it was off when it took a swim, so im hoping it’ll be good to go. So ill leave you with two pictures of the cheif hole. Next time is looking good though, gonna try different less pressured areas. I cant wait to feel a fish on the new rod. Until then…..Tight Lines!
Monday I got up and decided to fish the Rogue River in hopes of a Steelhead. The only fishable water right now that isnt too high and brown, is up in between Big Butte Creek and the fish hatchery, approximately 28 miles away from Medford where I live. I got to the Bridge hole around 10am and started tossing my spoons. Didnt hook anything but i snagged some ones old line and a gold little cleo was on the other end, score! I fished on a old bridge pillar for awhile before deciding go to up river and try a different hole. Before leaving that pillar though i took out a plastic grocery bag and started picking up all the worm containers a monofilament that was all over the hole i was at. I probably picked up atleast a couple thousands yards of mono and a dozen worm containers, but digging through all that trash i found another spoon and some hooks and swivels and also about a dollars worth of beer cans. I then walked up the river to the Cheif Hole. When i got there i heard some one from across the river yell ” is that you Thobbit Shane?” I yelled back it is I Throbbit Shane. Throbbit Shane is my screen name over at the Oregon Fishing Forum and also a few other websites. Shortly after I met Chad aka The Salmon Kid from OFF and his fishing buddy David, they’re nice kids and i look forward to seeing them on the river again. Me and david threw spinners at the Cheif Hole for awhile i even watched him throw a steelhead jig with no float. They took off after about a hour and i headed to my car not long after they left to go eat lunch. After eating lunch and listening to a little talk radio i drove up to the hatchery. There were about 6 fly anglers standing in the water, and before i got to the water i watched one land a real nice steelhead. I fished below them for a bit with spoons and jigs with out any luck, but the water was much shallower there. Around 4 i decided to try a different spot once again. Casey State Park was my destination, its below the bridge hole and also below where Big Butte Creek dumps into the Rogue River, so the river is a little brown there. I tromped around in the water there until dark tossing spoons. When it was starting to become a little difficult to see i began walking back to where my tackle was on shore and some how my digital camera jumped out of its case that was around my neck, the case was unfortunately unzipped, and luckily the camera didnt get swept down stream. I have the camera in a bowl of rice right now, the rice is supposed absorb the moisture. The photos were saved and im waiting to find out if the camera is ok. but other then that i had a great 7 hours on the river. tight lines!
The next day after catching that beatiful Steelhead, i decided i needed a new steelhead rod. I went to Bi-mart and bought a 9’6 Okuma Celilo. It’s a very affordable rod at $50, and apparently part of the proceeds goto the NorthWest Sportfishing Industry Association (NSIA). Thursday i went back to the spot i caught my steelhead two days earlier. But on this day the Rogue River didnt look the same, I noticed right away it was high, brown, and raging. I reluctantly stepped into the brown water, two days earlier i could see where i was stepping. Casting my spoon ended up with some type of debris on my hook almost every cast. After about a half hour i decided to leave and go up river where its alot calmer near the dam. I went up to Casey State Park and the water was much nicer but still had some brown to it. I fished up there for a couple hours until it got dark. Didnt have any luck, but did catch a snag and the bottom a few times 😀 until next time… Tight Lines!
A new report!!! I hadnt gone fishing since Dec. 5th and that was only for a hour or so, up in Eugene at a private pond for bass, it was too cold! Tuesday the 11th I needed to get out and do some fishing to get my mind off of the Ducks losing the National Championship. The day before I went to the department of fish and wildlife to turn in my blank 2010 steelhead/salmon tags and to get a key to the Denman Wildlife Area. The Denman Wildlife is a primarily hunting place for ducks and other birds, but there are also a bunch of warmwater ponds, and at the end of the dirt road is the Rogue River, right where Little Butte Creeks dumps in. Unfortunately my batteries died before i got to the river, but i did get some pictures of a couple helicopters doing some kind of practice, and one photo of a pond.
The photo above is one of the ponds, ill fish it this spring/summer for bass. I got down to the river around 230pm and started fishing spoons and jigs near little bute creek. I fished there for a bit and decided to move down the river, i have no idea how to read the water so i just kinda fished it all. At one point a steelhead ran up the river like a pissed off rocket, for a moment i thought i had hooked it with my spoon. I fished a few more different spots until i ended up where Denman Willdlife and Touville State Park meet. I fished there for about 15 minutes before i hooked into my first steelhead in over ten years!! The rod i was using was my dads from the early 90’s, a stiff red Abu Garcia and i had my drag set real tight so i just horsed it in. When i got my first look at and seen it had no fin that’s when i really got excited and walked up the beach and drug it up pretty far. Got my pocket knife out and cut the gills, made a few calls to brag. Then on my next cast i lost the Little Cleo spoon i was using, and for those wondering it was a 2/5 oz Mostly white with a little bit of red. While fishing I had no expectations of catching a steelhead, i primarily wanted to try out the new reel i bought recently a Shimano Symetre. And like the first time i took my pontoon boat out this past summer i had good luck!! A beatiful bright 5lb 26inch hatchery steelhead hen is whats for dinner tonight! It was a great day on the water topped off with a great fish. One thing that made it a even more specail day was i seen no one on the river except for a otter and some birds. Thanks for reading and tight lines to everyone!
The road to Four Mile Lake
Thursday came and i woke up early and wanted to fish a lake that i havent been to in about 10 years, Four Mile Lake. Its called Four Mile lake but its actually about 6 miles from the highway, I got about halfway and had to turn around due to the snow. Ill make it up there in a week or two, probably camp and bring a raft. So after i turned around i went out to Willow Lake, i wanted to see if the blue green algae was gone and see if i could get a bass or trout to bite my spinners. Well I fished there for only a half hour, and spent 15 minutes picking up beer cans and water bottles, didnt catch anything but a bunch of deposit. I then headed off in search of more water, i drove by Medco pond but decided not to stop, a few to many people. I then went to the Rogue River above Union Creek and stopped at the gorge for some pictures and lunch, i dont remember seein this section of river and it is amazing. Iv heard great things from more then a few people about Union Creek and have driven by it plenty of times and havent stopped, thursday i finally did. I immediately took the trail on the right side of the creek, where there was a trail sign, that said that Union Creek Falls is a 3 mile hike up the creek. So I took off on the trail for a couple of minutes then it stopped where it appears there used to be a log crossing the creek to the other side, i didnt figure this out right away and kept on walking through a bunch of vegetation trying to find something resembling a trail, after ripping my pants on a barbed wire fence i decided to turn around and see if there was a trail on the other side of the creek. Fortunately there was another trail on the other side of the creek, I hiked it for about 3 miles then had a little something to eat in the woods just past the falls. It was a really great hike, the trail runs along the creek the whole way and all the fallen trees makes the sceneray marvelous. Standing under all the big rootballs from trees that have fallen sure made me glad it wasnt windy that day. The Solitude was also great up there, I only came across one other group of people there and they appeared to be playing frizz-bee which was surprising because it looked like some grandparents that took there two grandsons hiking. I didnt do much fishing on the hike, after catching a bush more then a few times in the same area i got discouraged, i really need to learn how to fly fish, i think this area would be great. When i got back to the car i decided to try Medco Pond to try to kill my skunk for the day. First cast at Medco Pond fish on!!! was just a blue gill but still was a great way to end the day, i fished for a half hour longer and didnt get anything else besides a picture of a rainbow. Got the bluegill on a BlueFox Spinner, grey and pink with a silver blade with a few blue stipes on the blade. Was an interesting day of snow and sunshine, had fun except my feet were a little sore 😀
This is how far i got and had to turn around.
I think that foam is from the blue green algae ?
Rogue River Gorge
More of the Gorge
Now for some pictures of Union Creek. BTW my panther martin is in that bush/tree in the creek
Next set of photos were taken at Medco Pond
Only fish of the day
Ill end my post with a rainbow 🙂
Thanks for reading/looking at my blog 😀 Tight Lines to all the fisher people out there!!
Friday i woke up and set off to see more sights on Highway 138 and the surrounding areas. For those that are not familar with the area Highway 138 runs along the North Umpqua river from the town of Roseburg to Diamond Lake, along the way there are signs that mark different waterfalls and some of them have campgrounds you can stay at. Also the day before i drove to Toketee Ranger station and picked up some maps and pamphlets about the area, one of papers i got was about the hot springs. I woke up ate some bacon and smoked trout, and decided to see a couple more waterfalls that i had drove by yesterday on my way to Toketee lake. The First one was White horse falls, this one has a nice wooden deck that u can walk out on for a good look at the water fall.
This one is Clearwater Falls
This is the top of Clearwater Falls
And this is below Clearwater Falls
I came back and fished Toketee Lake some more.
From what iv read, there is only brown trout in the lake. I didnt catch any though, next time though ill be prepared and have some Tasmanians with me.
I then decided to go to the Umpqua Hot Springs Geologic Area. The trail to the springs is less then a half mile, but part of it is very steep. But first you must cross the North Umpqua on this log.
When you see this you know your there
This was the covered tub, which was nice to keep the cloths dry because while i was there, it hailed, snowed, rained, and then the sun came out.
There are about 6-7 other tubs along the side of the cliff, the North Umpqua river is at the bottom, you can watch it while u soak.
This is a waterfall right down the trail from the hot springs, If i remember right its called surprise falls
On my way home saturday i stopped at the Natural Bridge on the Rogue River
This is the natural bridge, the rogue river runs through old volcanic tubes.
This is what its like above the natural bridge, i should of brought my rod with me.