The Fish Sniffer - Water Temps Climb In Southwest
Water Temps Climb In Southwest

Written By: Cal Kellogg, August 6, 2014
Species: Bass Panfish Trout
Location: Chetco River, Coquille River, Umpqua River, Rogue River,

(Roseburg) The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife advises that with summer temperatures heating up throughout the state, anglers should take special care when catching and releasing fish.

Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower. Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish. Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress. Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.

Target warm water species, such as bass, bluegill and crappie, that are available in many lakes and reservoirs statewide. However, even warm water fish can feel the effects of the heat and anglers should try to land and release them as quickly as possible.

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 50 percent full.

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 has slowed down but anglers can still catch trout in the deeper 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.

At Lost Creek Reservoir, legal sized and larger-sized rainbow trout are available, and fishing should be good. Spring Chinook that reach 16-17 inches long are also available. With the early arrival of hot weather, the area upstream of the Highway 62 Bridge should provide excellent success. Try fishing deep in this area at this time of year. In the past trout have been found between 20 and 30 feet deep.

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.

Hyatt Lake is only 28 percent full, and there is now no ramp available for trailered boats. Anglers will probably have the best success fishing from inflatable watercraft or kayaks for the remainder of the season. Fishing for largemouth bass has been good for fish in the 10 to 12-inch range. One angler reports that they would hit anything he threw at them. Anglers have had success trout fishing in the deeper waters near the dam.

Fishing for bass, crappie, and other warm water fish has been good at 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 47 percent full. 

At Diamond Lake the ODFW will be stocking 23,500 legal and trophy-sized trout over the next few weeks to improve the summer fishery. In 2013, Diamond Lake was stocked with about 206,000 trout -- 170,000 fingerlings in spring, 16,000 legals in July and 20,000 sub-legals in the fall -- compared to 166,000 in 2012. For 2014, ODFW has moved to a stabilized stocking of 275,000 fingerlings that were stocked in June. These fish will start reaching legal-size in late August, early September and should have a really positive impact on fishing in 2015. Anglers should be aware that algae is currently blooming at both Diamond Lake and Lemolo. Testing done last week by the U.S. Forest Service was benign, however caution signs with general information on algae blooms are posted.

Diamond Lake still produces some nice large fish. In the past month a 25-inch fish was caught during Free Fishing Day, a 21-inch fish was caught at the Blackbird Derby, and ODFW captured and released 6 trout between 18 – 25 inches while monitoring the lake.

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