One of the most overlooked trout/bass lakes along the Oregon coast is Floras Lake located west of Highway 101 in the Langlois area. Covering 250 acres, the lake receives very little fishing pressure and a major reason is that it may be the windiest spot along the entire Oregon coast.
The lake does receive such anadromous fish as salmon and steelhead, but also has fair numbers of cutthroat and rainbow trout. The sleeper fishery is for largemouth bass. The proximity to the ocean somewhat limits bass spawning success, but the scant fishing pressure allows for a relatively strong bass population and the fish tend to be more aggressive than those in more heavily fished lakes.
Small boats can be dumped in just above the New River outlet, but the the main body of the lake is often taken over by windsurfers. A record of 37 miles per hour was set here and there is only about two hundred yards to achieve that speed.
Once you get past the wind surfers, if you started early enough, you may get a temporary respite from the wind as you follow the near east or near shoreline around to the left. There is some wood structure and a few docks in this area and the area fishes fairly well for bass and a decent number of the bass will weigh from three up to at least seven pounds.
There are two winding arms on the north and northwest end of the lake and one would think that these areas would be out of the wind. They sometimes are, but every so often, a strong gust will shoot through these relatively narrow arms and temporarily foul up your casting or fishing.
One unfortunate aspect of the Floras Lake bass fishery is that most of the fishing pressure on the lake is by relatively novice anglers that tend to keep their fish. Never-the-less, the bass fishing on this lake can be very good – if somewhat inconsistent.
The photo below this article is from the author’s first time he fished the lake from a boat and caught largemouths weighing five pounds nine ounces and six pounds two ounces as well as several others weighing more than a pound. Even in that euphoric state, the short trip across the main lake around 11 am was terrifying in a 14-foot boat.