Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
The flows are arouind 700 cfs.. Fishing is still decent with plenty of holdover trout still swimming around. The bugs are hatching fairly well so this may be a close place to get in a few hours fishing time after work. If you go take along an assortment of dry flies and a few nymphs or streamers, and if you're a bait fisherman worms or salmon eggs will work and if you're more into lures then small spinners might do the trick.
Bass anglers are continuing to catch plenty of smaller fish dragging plastics between 12-24 feet deep or tossing topwater off the steeper banks and rocky points early and late in the day to hopefully catch nicer sized fish. Crappie fishing is still great in the Powder River Arm and to some extent in the main reservoir. Most of the fish are being caught between the Grave Yard up towards the dam along the steeper banks like the entrance to Sturgill Creek or any other larger creek inlet or cove with steep banks and rocky walls.
The reservoir levels are dropping at a little slower rate but will still be down about 13 feet down by the weekend. The best boat ramps available are the City ramp, Campell Creek and Poison Creek ramp. Bass fishing should start picking up for anglers as water temperatures begin to drop with cooler nighttime temperatures. Try using plastics in around 10-25 feet off long points, rocky shorelines and off creek channel drop-offs. Anglers are still catching some nice sized perch but the fish are still scattered and moving a lot so they're hard to find. Try using worms in 20-24 feet try fishing the weed beds in 12-14 feet of water throughout the reservoir. Trout fishing from shore should also begin to pick up soon but for now it's been fairly slow. Meanwhile boat anglers are continuing to catch a few trout trolling or tossing bait and a few coho and kokanee as well.
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Boat fishing for rainbows and kokanee is still fair. Most are trolling small dodgers trailed with Hoochies or Wedding Rings tipped with white shoepeg corn to catch their fish. Shore fishermen are still catching a few trout using PowerBait, worms or marshmallows.
High Mountain Lakes and Streams
If you've never experienced late summer - early fall fishing in the high country then you've never really fished. You won't catch many big fish, but you will catch fish and plenty of them. It doesn't take much in the way of tackle. All you need is lightweight rod, some worms, a few small spinners or a terrestrial fly or two and you're in business. Mountain lake fishing is a great place to take your kids for the one last outing before school really cranks up and summer's end. Give it a try, you'll like it.
This little gem is just one of those great places to take the kids on one last camping trip for the year. The reservoir is now open to salvage fishing and has been fishing fairly well, especially early morning and late evening. Most bank fishermen are using worms, marshmallows and PowerBait and boat anglers are catching fish trolling with small spinners, pop gear or stripping and dragging brown and olive Woolly Buggers, Sheep Creek Specials or Stayner Ducktails.
Lucky Peak Reservoir
Anglers were catching some decent sized kokanee and few rainbows but the water levels are dropping as much as a foot and a half a day and that's not good for fishing, of any kind. If you have to give it one more shot, try using small pop gear or a dodger trailed by a Wiggle Hoochie or Wedding Ring baited with white shoepeg corn or Pautzke's Fire Corn. Most of the fish being caught lately were anywhere from 20-45 feet down and even deeper depending time of day.
The only place you can launch a boat is below the old resort ramp because the reservoir is almost 78 feet down and there are no ramps left in the water! Although the old ramp has been widened and straightened it's still a long way to the bottom and once you get there your trailer will actually be launching from the gravel so using a four wheel driver vehicle is highly recommended. Crappie fishing remains decent off steep rock walls, deep coves or points and the few docks that are still in the water. The usual red and white crappie jig works just fine but just about any crappie jig will work. Bass anglers are catching most of their fish jigging big crawdad looking bugs off ledges and drop-offs around the steeper banks, deeper points and humps in about 15-25 feet. Early mornings or especially late evening into dark seems to be the best time to fish. Or given the full moon maybe even some night fishing is in order? Hot August nights anyone?
Fishing is still fair with mostly PMD's, Caddis and small Callibaetis and BWO's are also still showing up along with terrestrials fishing should hold. All you need is a spot to fish, the right size and color fly and you might catch a fish or two. Flows are running at about 160 cfs. or so, which continues to make it difficult to stock and cast to feeding fish, so stealth is still going to be the most important approach. Have you ever thought about trying Tenkara Fly Fishing on the Little O'? Check this out the Tenkara Rod Company.
The river flows continue to be low for this time of year which helps concentrate the fish but it's also concentrating the moss and aquatic weeds which is starting to become a real problem in some stretches of the river. However the bass are still very active as are the catfish and you'll find them in open back eddies or along the river channel and in between the weedlines. Bass are taking plastics but don't hesitate to toss spinners or even topwater, especially early or late in the day. Again, catfish aren't that picky, worms, chicken livers, store bought stinkbait or your own concoction will all catch fish.
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