New Addition To My Fishing Bucket List

As I am getting older, I feel an increasing urgency to fish waters that I have long ignored One of the lakes that is less than a three hour drive from where I live in Reedsport Oregon is Hills Creek Reservoir. I fished it once in the spring while I was attending the University of Oregon and caught a 26.5-inch rainbow that weighed more than seven pounds. That evening there were about 40 crappie anglers fishing off the bridge.

Since nobody caught any crappie that evening, I pretty much ignored this reservoir over the many years since I first fished it. As an avid bass angler, I avoided it because of its lack of obviouis structure (docks and shoreline wood or weed beds.

 

However, I was well aware of the occasional really large largemouth bass that were infrequently pulled from the reservoir – usually by bait anglers not targeting any specific species.

I plan to fish fairly light tackle and use a whole nightcrawler inflated with air and a light egg sinker. Then I am going to do something that has always been difficult for me and that is relaxing while I am fishing.

The only thing certain for this upcoming spring trip is that I plan to spend several hours on the lake and if I am fortunate enough to hook one of Hills Creek’s jumbo largemouth bass – and the reservoir has produced bass weighing between eight and ten pounds – so much the better.

In the meantime, if Hills Creek stays under the radar as a lunker bass destination, it won’t disappoint me one bit.

This jumbo Hills Creek largemouth bass was caught by an Oakridge angler - digital photo courtesy of my friend Curt.

This jumbo Hills Creek largemouth bass was caught by an Oakridge angler – digital photo courtesy of my friend Curt.

 

 

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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