Fall Fishing Report For Western Oregon

Howard Prairie Reservoir – closes at the end of the month, but shoud offer good fishing for rainbow trout and fair fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the afternoons. Fishing for pumkinseed sunfish should be slow.

Agate Lake – This lake is much easier to fish when the water level drops down in the fall. Although crappie and bluegill fishing is usually tough, largemouth bass and yellow perch are usually cooperative during warm afternoons as they move into shallow water.

Cooper Creek Reservoir – Slow for trout. bluegill and crappie and fair for largemouth bass and yellow perch.

Diamond Lake now open entire year. Daily limit eight trout per day at least eight inches in length with only one measuring 20 or more inches in length.

Eel Creek -Closes October 31st for trout and reopens January 1st for finclipped steelhead.

Eel Lake – Recently has provided fair largemouth bass fishing on nightcrawlers and rainbow and cutthroat trout fishing on worms or Powerbait. The lake has a small population of landlocked coho salmon to about 14-inches that are not legal to keep. Virtually no fishing pressure has been directed at the lake’s black crappie.

Empire Lakes – Bank fishing success has fallen off after latest trout plants, but anglers fishing the midlake areas with small boats or float tubes are still catching  nice-sized rainbows.

Hyatt Reservoir – Fishing should be good for rainbow trout and smaller largemouth bass (8-12-inches in the afternoons. Access is limited and the lake closes at the end of this month.

Lemolo Reservoir – Fishing has been good for brown trout near where the North Umpqua, and to a lesser degree, Lake Creek, enters the reservoir. The reservoir goes to catch and release only for brown trout starting November 1st and closes to all angling on January 1st (2014). Limit on other trout during November and December is 5 per day.

Lost Creek Reservoir – Bass fishing should be slow, but rainbow and brown trout should be biting well near the upper end of the reservoir near Peyton Bridge.

Saunders Lake – offers fair fishing for largemouth bass and yellow perch in the fall. Last plant of trophy rainbows has been pretty much caught out. A few bluegills and crappies are also available.

Siltcoos Lake – Coho salmon have been in the lake for at least two weeks and some nice fish have been caught. Fishing has been fair to good for rainbow and cutthroat trout and yellow perch. Not much fishing pressure being directed at the largemouth bass.

Tahkenitch Lake – A few coho salmon have entered the lake and a few anglers are targeting them near the upper ends of Five Mile and Lytle Creek Arms. A few die hard bass anglers are catching some big largemouth bass and yellow perch fishing has been fair to good.

Tenmile Lakes – best fishing is for yellow perch. Fishing for rainbow trout is picking up. A few jack coho salmon have entered the lake. But a good rain is needed to get additional salmon into the lake. Winchester Bay – Offshor bottomfishing spots producing excellent lincod fishing. South Jetty and Triangle Areas receing very little fishing pressure.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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