The Fish Sniffer - Trouters Score While Working Lakes And Streams
Trouters Score While Working Lakes And Streams

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 11, 2014
Species: Trout Bass Panfish
Location: Coquille River, Umpqua River,

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that there are a variety of options for south state anglers including widespread trout and bass fishing opportunities in lakes and reservoirs and shad in the Coquille River.

At Agate Lake, fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, and other warm water species has been good. Anglers will have the best success early and late in the day, but should be aware that the gate to the boat ramp closes at 9 p.m. Agate Lake is 75 percent full.

Garrison Lake is full of trout, but aquatic vegetation is starting to get thicker making it a little tougher to bank fish. Boat anglers fly fishing, casting spinners, or slow trolling Wedding Ring spinners are doing the best.

This time of year 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 fishing is hit or miss at Floras Lake depending on the wind. The best method for catching trout is slow trolling flies or Wedding Ring spinners from a boat. Bank access is limited. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. The lake can be very windy, so anglers will want to check the weather prior to heading out.

Fishing for bass, crappie, and other warm water fish has been good Emigrant Reservoir, with the best catch rates coming early and late in the day. A variety of lures and soft-plastic baits have been effective for the bass. Crappie have been hitting crappie jigs and small soft-plastic baits. Suspending a worm below a bobber is an effective technique for many of the warm water species. The reservoir is currently 64 percent full.

Cooper Creek Reservoir has been stocked with about 9,000 trout so far this spring. Trout fishing with PowerBait has been successful. Some of the trout do have copepods, which are tiny parasites on their bodies and gills. These are not harmful to humans, but the lesions can be removed and the meat should be thoroughly cooked.

In the Coos River Basin trout season is open in the Coos Basin rivers. Water temperatures are getting too warm in the large rivers so anglers should fish the smaller streams, which should have cooler water temperatures. 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. The daily limit of trout in streams is 2 fish over 8 inches.

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. 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. There is no size limit or bag limit on the number of smallmouth bass you can keep in the Coquille River Basin. A few shad have been caught in the mainstem Coquille River near the town of Coquille. Anglers are catching most of the shad on shad darts.

Fishing is open in Toketee Reservoir year-round. 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.

Yellow perch are biting on nightcrawlers or jigs tipped with a worm in Tenmile Lakes. 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.

Anglers have been catching lots of 3 to 5 pound largemouth bass in Tenmile Lakes the past couple of weeks. Most of the bass have been caught in shallow water along the shorelines usually 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.

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