The Fish Sniffer - Bass And Trout Fishing Opportunities Abound!
Bass And Trout Fishing Opportunities Abound!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 23, 2014
Species: Bass Trout
Location: Coquille River, Chetco River, Umpqua River,

(Roseburg) According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, largemouth bass fishing has been good on Tenmile and other lakes. Summer can be a great time to target largemouth with topwater lures. In terms of trout fishing, July is when cutthroat trout start to move into the estuaries and lower sections of many area rivers.

At Lake Selmac, fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and other warmwater species has been good, especially early and late in the day. Anglers can catch many of the warmwater species by suspending a worm below a bobber. Crappie can be targeted with crappie jigs or small soft-plastic baits.

Lake Selmac has a good population of good-sized largemouth bass, which can be target with a variety of lures and soft-plastic baits. The lake is getting a lot of aquatic vegetation, so anglers will want to use techniques that reduce the potential for getting hung up in the vegetation.

Yellow perch are biting on nightcrawlers or jigs tipped with a worm in Tenmile Lakes. The best fishing will be in over 10 feet of water and along weedlines. Sometimes anglers need to try several spots before finding the bigger fish. There are lots of smaller yellow perch that anglers have to sort through to catch enough keepers for a meal. Some of the keeper yellow perch are over 12 inches long.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good. Most of the bass are being caught in deep water associated with cover like submerged logs or vegetation. Crankbaits and plastics like Senkos or Brushhogs have been working to catch bass. Early mornings and late evenings are a good time to throw topwater lures for bass.

Trout fishing in Tenmile Lakes continues to be good but anglers should concentrate their effort in deep water. Fishing is typically best in the early mornings and evenings. Trout anglers are having the best success trolling Wedding Rings or other types of spinners tipped with bait.

One hundred hatchery rainbow trout were tagged next to the dorsal fin with a 2 inch blue numbered tag. These fish were tagged as part of a tagged fish contest sponsored by Ringo’s Lakeside Marina. If you catch a tagged trout stop by or contact the marina at (541) 759-3312.

At Toketee Lake, fishing for brown trout has been good with the recent warmer temperatures. Water levels are currently too low to allow launching boats at the boat ramp. This condition may persist for several weeks.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has stocked Lost Creek Reservoir with legal-sized and larger-sized rainbow trout, which has produced good trout fishing. Spring Chinook that reach 16-17 inches long are also available.

Fishing for smallmouth bass should be good. Fishing for largemouth bass has improved in recent years due to habitat projects and fish transfers conducted cooperatively by the Oregon Black Bass Action Committee, local bass clubs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Howard Prairie has provided fair fishing for rainbow trout in the 10 to 14-inch range for anglers trolling with flasher and worm combinations. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass has been fair to good. Howard Prairie is only 46 percent full. The boat ramps at the resort and at Klum Landing are open and usable.

The lake is pretty weedy, but anglers fishing the deeper parts of the lake are finding some good trout. Early morning or late afternoon is the most productive. Boat anglers will want to keep an eye on the weather and fish the lake when there is no wind. Access for bank anglers is best at the 12th Street boat ramp, Arizona Street, or along the foredune accessed through Tseriadun State Park. Garrison Lake is located in the middle of Port Orford.

Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.

Trout season is open in the Coquille Basin rivers. Anglers are having good success fishing the large to medium-size streams for cutthroat trout. Small spinners, small jigs, and flies all work well to catch trout. In streams and rivers above the head of tide, anglers are restricted to use artificial flies and lures until Sept. 1. The daily limit of trout in streams is 2 fish over 8 inches.

Anglers are catching a few smallmouth bass in the mainstem and South Fork Coquille rivers. Small spinners or jigs have been working well to catch smallmouth bass. There is no size limit or bag limit on the number of smallmouth bass you can keep in the Coquille River Basin.

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