Before i get to the fishing reports I want to announce the new page on my blog. The new page is dedicated to my friends who make youtube fishing videos. So if you got some time and want to see some cool videos check out the new page! It’s at the top titled “YOUTUBE FRIENDS” enjoy!
Saturday i had some shopping to do at Big R in White City, needed to spool up my new reel and get some fishing supplies. After shopping i decided to do some bass fishing at the pond located behind the store. I had never been there, you can see part of the pond from the road and until i got to the pond i had no idea how big it really was.
As you can see the pond is a really nice sized one. I dont know how the bass fishing is there, as i think it was too cold. Also bank access is very limited, which means im gonna have to bring my pontoon. I didnt fish for very long did more exploring, and after i got my brand new buzz bait stuck in a tree i didnt feel like doing much fishing. Gonna have to come back in the spring.
The next day i met up with Colby Pearson at the Expo ponds to do some bass fishing. We’ve been getting rain lately so the river is really high and brown, so thats’s why i ended up at these ponds if anyone was wondering. At the pond i got a strikes on my first two casts with my 5″ yum dinger bass worm. I told Colby and he said it was probably the trout hitting it. Before i came to the pond i had stopped at Sportsmans Wharehouse, and i bought a few things including my two rod license. So i rigged up my Ultra Light rod with a worm i found the night before after it rained. I put a simple rig on, 2 split shots about 2 feet above a treble hook that held the worm. Caught my first trout not too long after, and since it was gut hooked i kept it. Not too long after that i put away the bass worm and put on a Wyld Edge Berzerker Spinner, Cutthroat color in size three, 1/8 oz. First cast hooked up with a nice little feisty stocked rainbow trout. I kept that spinner on for the rest of the time i was there. Caught countless trout on it. Only kept the fish i was catching with my worm on the UL rod, since most were gut hooked. After my 5th trout, i just used my spinner and let the wind drift me back to where I put in at. Called it a day not too long before dark, was a much needed day of catching, getting skunked day after day at the river can take a toll on you. I got some confidence in me and ill be ready to slay the steelhead midweek, after all steelhead are only big rainbow trout that went to sea and came back. It was also my first time using Wyld Edge spinners in still water, and the one spinner i did use this day worked marvelously! The single hook was great as it was much easier to release the fish with, and i released alot of fish that day. Your gonna have a hard time finding a better trout spinner for 2.50 in my opinion. Small local company from Bend Oregon, i know i like spending my money locally so make sure you guy’s check their stuff out! One last thing i almost forgot to add. Colby made a video that day a hour or so before i got there, so you can kinda get a feel on how the fishing was through video. Check it out here Stocker Trout Mania.
Until next time… Tight Lines!
Iv lost my magic touch or the fish just arnt there, I thinking its the latter. As of February 23rd only 80 Winter Steelhead had made it to Cole Rivers Hatchery, the last stop for salmon and steelhead on the rogue river. So i guess the ones i had hooked in February were lucky ones. Since i fish the Upper part of the river, alot of the people dont fish up here until March and April. The spot i mainly go to is about 16 mile round trip so its easy on the gas tank. Iv been fishing the river almost daily even if its only for a few hours. Spoons are still my goto but iv added some spinners to my arsenal. I havent been taking pictures lately, usually what i base my blog posts around. Taking pictures takes up too much time, id rather have my line in the water. So with all that said I bring you two pictures from the last two trips i made to the river. The first is my fishing net, filled with trash. There was a discussion on The Oregon Fishing Forum recently that was about trash some say we shouldnt pick up after others and others including myself do pick up trash after other people.
The next picture is of a Sucker fish also known as squaw fish. This was one of the weirdest times iv brought a fish to bank. I was using a big Wyld Edge spinner when i felt something on the other end of my line. It felt like a stick at first but after a few seconds it didnt fight like a stick at all. I got my spinner to the tip on my rod and some ones line was attached to the hook. I started to pull on the line and realized there was a fish on the other end! At first i thought it was a little Steelhead, a half pounder is what they’re called on the Rogue River. It wasnt. Turned out to be a one pound 14 oz squaw fish also known as a sucker fish. It had a pink and red yarn ball stuck to his lip. Pink yarn is a popular thing to use for steelhead as it imitates eggs. So i guess the bottom feeders eat eggs too. So what i did next wasnt the most friendliest thing nor was it PETA friendly. I found a big rock right around 10lbs. And dropped it on the fishes dome. He wont be seeing any more salmon or steelhead eggs 😀
Until next time. Tight Lines!
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!
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
We all went out again this sunday, my step sister her boyfriend and their kids. First we fished Howard Prairie for a couple hours, i was the only one who caught fish there. caught 1 small large mouth on a panther martin, then i got a decent sized rainbow that had some girth to it. i handed my nephew the rod that i just caught it on and told him to watch the trout so it doesnt flop back in, I ran up to the car to grab my stringer, half way up the hill he says it jumped back in lol. It was quite windy there and no one else was catching so we went down the road to Hyatt Lake and fished for a bit and had lunch, and then took off to Willow Lake for the remainder of the day. At Willow we started catching small bass on spinners, i hooked into one nice rainbow that managed to get off, another great day of fishing!!!
First 2 are of Howard Prairie Lake
Next two are of Hyatt Lake
Next three pictures are from Willow Lake
Next one is my step sister with the biggest bass of the day, we know its not big 🙂 but theyre still fun to catch
You can probably tell my date is still off on the camera, if i remember im just gonna turn it off next time i use it. Thanks for stopping by and TIGHT LINES !!
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.
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!! 😀