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Troutski
02-24-2008, 09:09 PM
Managed to make it back up to Hills Creek this morning at Sunrise, the weather was back to normal....partly pissy and light wind chop. A typical day in the Willamette Vally, what a great day on the water. Long lining gold spoons we managed to keep very busy all day long netting fish. One very nice BullTrout and I managed to get a picture this time for you all, mostly native Rainbow Trout with the occasional CutThroat Trout. A pair of River Otters were quit p.o. we took there hole, but they did quite well in spite of all out laughing and giggling like school boys, between the two of us we managed over twenty five fish apiece. No Salmon this trip but the Rainbows were rather large so it made up for it. The water temp is starting to warm up and the fish are getting more active, their was a March Brown hatch around 10:30 am and ended around noon...fish rising every where, site casting bonanza. Here are a few pictures of the day hope you enjoy them, tight lines and be well.
The last picture is of the BullTrout




Chuck
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Captain Compassion
02-24-2008, 10:40 PM
Sweet trout Troutski.

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northriver_tom
02-24-2008, 10:56 PM
sounds like a great day...cant say ive been by hills creek...looks nice..

Hi_Tide
02-24-2008, 11:00 PM
Nice rainbows! I live in Coos Bay, but have family in Eugene & get over there often. So, I'd like to try it soon. Where did you launch & where did you fish? Any help appreciated.
Coos R. steelhead slowing down after an excellent season. Still some "wild" fish coming in.

Old_School
02-24-2008, 11:21 PM
Looks like one beautiful place. Thanks for sharing! ;)

Troutski
02-25-2008, 11:55 AM
Nice rainbows! I live in Coos Bay, but have family in Eugene & get over there often. So, I'd like to try it soon. Where did you launch & where did you fish? Any help appreciated.
Coos R. steelhead slowing down after an excellent season. Still some "wild" fish coming in.

We launched from Packard Creek boat launch and camp ground(USFS day use permit is required). The lake is just a few miles outside of Oakridge, we fished mainly in the back of the res., existing regs. dictate that you may not angle in the river; which means: where there is current you may not angle......we look for around 20 feet of water and 40 degrees of temp. The temp is a major factor in producing fish, good luck and tight lines.

Chuck

SSTiddy
02-25-2008, 06:16 PM
Once again I'm jealous *[smiley=wallbash.gif], sure makes me wish I could find work back in Eugene that would actually pay the bills. The lake still has that beautiful color that I remember. Well, congradulations on another fine day on the Res. *[smiley=thumbsup.gif] and thanks for sharing!

Troutski
02-27-2008, 08:05 AM
Did you ever fish Cougar Res., up the McKenzie about 45 min from Springfield ? Now that lake has some beautiful water, not to mention a dynamite fishery. There are just so many places to fish with in an hours time...don't even get me started on central Oregon...Cascade lakes Hwy oh my.....

Chuck

SSTiddy
02-27-2008, 10:30 PM
Did you ever fish Cougar Res., up the McKenzie about 45 min from Springfield ? * *

Yes I have and I love that place. It's probably been 20+ years since I've been there though. As for the high lakes. That is where I did the majority of my early learning about fishing. My Grandfather used to take me there when I was young. What he taught me, and my mother taught me, makes up the larger volume of my fishing knowledge. I have learned a great deal since then. But the foundation that they gave me is what keeps me fishing to this day.
I would have to say that my favorite lakes up there are, East, Odell, Crescent, Crane Prairie and Wickiup. But, my favorite piece of water up there is the upper Deschutes [smiley=heart.gif]. Amazing!!!

Troutski
02-28-2008, 09:18 PM
Did you ever fish Cougar Res., up the McKenzie about 45 min from Springfield ?

Yes I have and I love that place. It's probably been 20+ years since I've been there though. As for the high lakes. That is where I did the majority of my early learning about fishing. My Grandfather used to take me there when I was young. What he taught me, and my mother taught me, makes up the larger volume of my fishing knowledge. I have learned a great deal since then. But the foundation that they gave me is what keeps me fishing to this day.
I would have to say that my favorite lakes up there are, East, Odell, Crescent, Crane Prairie and Wickiup. But, my favorite piece of water up there is the upper Deschutes [smiley=heart.gif]. Amazing!!!


Cool, I didn't start fishing until later in life. My son wanted to give it a try and the rest is history......what a great gift he gave me. We still fish together and do a 7 day trip each year to Wickiup, we camp at Wickiup and us it as a base camp and try to fit in as many different lakes as possible in the week. Great memories each and every year, the fishing has changed in central Oregon - not bad just different. The amount of people have increased but the skill level is the same, 10% of the anglers catch 90% of the fish. All the lakes you mentioned are on my list this year, including Waldo.....Brook Trout and Koke's...oh My. Take care and be well.

Chuck

Fish_R_Us
02-29-2008, 08:51 AM
Hello Troutski,

Have you fished Fall Creek Reservior over by Dexter? It's about 20 minutes from Springfield. I was up in Eugene working on a construction project for 9 months. I was able to explore the surrounding areas twords the later part of the project. The lake is drained yearly however I fished Fall Creek upstream from the lake. It's some nice scenery and I was able to follow the creek thru some really dense forest. Some areas were so dense with tall redwoods that not much light was able to reach the ground. I was suprised to find areas similar that were less that an hour from the zoo. The native rainbows were an blast to catch and release.

Troutski
03-03-2008, 07:50 AM
Hello Troutski,

Have you fished Fall Creek Reservior over by Dexter? It's about 20 minutes from Springfield. I was up in Eugene working on a construction project for 9 months. I was able to explore the surrounding areas twords the later part of the project. The lake is drained yearly however I fished Fall Creek upstream from the lake. It's some nice scenery and I was able to follow the creek thru some really dense forest. Some areas were so dense with tall redwoods that not much light was able to reach the ground. I was suprised to find areas similar that were less that an hour from the zoo. The native rainbows were an blast to catch and release.

Yes, in fact it was one of the first places I actually caught something by myself. The lake is heavily stocked and the personal water craft traffic is very heavy. The lake still holds some very nice fish, in the spring and fall when the water temp is low and the water craft are in storage the catching begins. The ODFW trucks adult Chinook Salmon from the hatchery at Dexter and places them above the reservoir and they return to their ancient spawning beds. The young fry travel down stream and mature in the reservoir, the size limit is: you may keep anything below 24 inches. You should see some of the larger fish pictures coming out of that lake....
I don't have to tell you about the angling possibilities in this area..a great place to live, I am very lucky.

Chuck

Fish_R_Us
03-11-2008, 03:03 PM
Troutski,

I especially liked the areas down between Cottage Grove and Seven Feathers Indian Casino (about 45 mins south on I-5). But the Springfield area, with the Willamette. McKenzie Rivers and the tributaries feeding all the resident reserviors, there's enough to keep me busy for a long time. I was suprised to travel up the logging/forestry roads and find alot of old growth stands less that an hour away.

Troutski
03-12-2008, 05:55 AM
I am a very lucky guy....all this and no sales tax !!!!! Sorry it slipped out.

Chuck