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Oregon Lake Fish Reports

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
10-24-2017
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Ben Irving Reservoir Fishing Report

Ben Irving Reservoir - Tenmile, OR (Douglas County)

Ben Irving has been stocked several times with legal-size trout and was stocked with “Labor Day Lunkers.” There are still opportunities to catch carryover fish, and trout fishing should pick up with cooler fall temperatures. Warmwater fishing should be good.

Diamond Lake Fishing Report

Diamond Lake - Diamond Lake, OR (Douglas County)

Trout fishing is still very productive, when weather conditions are favorable, and a significant portion of fish caught have been larger than 12-inches. Trolling lures and bottom fishing with PowerBait across all depths continue to be productive fishing methods. Fly-anglers are having good luck on the south end of the lake as well. Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. Tiger trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught.

As part of the 2016 regulation simplification process, Diamond Lake is now back to the Southwest Zone regulation of 5 rainbow trout per day. Anglers that are planning on taking a trip to Diamond Lake should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) for information on seasonal camp and ramp closures.

Anglers can check fishing and water conditions at Diamond Lake on the Diamond Lake Resort website, or call their toll free number at 1-800-733-7593, ext. 5 for updates. Diamond Lake is open year-round.

Galesville Reservoir Fishing Report

Galesville Reservoir - Azalea, OR (Douglas County)

Galesville should have good numbers of trout from previous stockings. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015 and there have been reports of them being caught in good numbers. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be adipose fin-clipped, and please remember to release the ones less than 8-inches long.

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest.

Fishing for bass and other panfish should be good. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

Emigrant Reservoir Fishing Report

Emigrant Reservoir - Ashland, OR (Jackson County)

Fishing for bass, crappie, and other warmwater species should be good. The lake is currently 29 percent full.

Applegate Reservoir Fishing Report

Applegate Reservoir - Jacksonville, OR (Jackson County)

Applegate Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout. Early or late in the day will be best for all fishing at the reservoir. Surface temperatures have cooled to 54 degrees F with the recent cold evenings. There is very low fishing pressure up here, but trout fishing should be good.

The reservoir is quickly dropping down to the flood control pool. At current water levels the only boat access should be the low water ramp at French Gulch, but mud can be a problem in early fall at this location. Hart-tish is closed for the winter.

For the most current Applegate Reservoir information, call 1-800-472-2434.

Fish Lake Fishing Report

Fish Lake - Lakecreek, OR (Jackson County)

Fish Lake is stocked with rainbow trout, tiger trout and Chinook salmon. Recently, 900 large rainbows averaging 14- to 16-inches long were stocked to add to the fishery. Brook trout also are available.

Water visibility is better on East end of lake, but looks pretty green near dam.

Trolling lures like a flatfish or a wedding ring/worm combo, as well casting flies can be very effective in the fall months at Fish Lake. A portion of the rainbow trout have external parasites called copepods that can be scraped off the fish prior to cooking. Fish parasites do not pose a threat to people when cooked properly. Fish Lake is currently at 56 percent capacity.

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