Spring small mouth at Lookout Point reservoir.


Sometimes fishing adventures don’t go the way you plan. Todays adventure was supposed to be up into the cascades for a hike into blue lake for some brook trout fishing. But there was still enough snow on the road that we couldn’t even get close. Luckily though our back up plan was to fish lookout point for some smallmouth or whatever decided to bite.

For this time of year all the reservoirs are very very low. Oregon is very much in drought this year.

Have you ever been driving and suddenly find something that just weirded you out and just made you wonder? ON the way back to Lookout we decided to drive the back roads and come around the far side of the lake. About half way there we found a van that looked like it had slid off the road and was stuck. Which of itself was not really that unusual. But this van had a bunch of branches piled up on one side and a wire strung from the back across the road to a fence. This set up had all the markings of someone’s poor attempt to make a person booby trap or some odd zombie style trap. Both of us just looked at each other and said nope and backed up and headed back the other way.

I really was thinking there should be a pool of blood under the wire.

Since we had no plan after turning around we just found a random spot that looked like we could walk down to the water at. With as low as the reservoir is there is not a lot of easy access places. Lots of shear sides to the lake. After a while we found just a simple pull off and crossed th elocal railroad tracks and walked down.

Nice deep channel with rocks on one side. There was a bass boat that went through shortly before we walked down.
Jeremy and his first small mouth of the day.

Mostly all of what we brought with us was geared towards trout. But luckily Smallmouth bass will eat nearly anything, and catching them on ultralight poles is a blast. I will link the random things we used at the bottom. We only spent about two hours fishing beforefore the wind kicked up and made it very hard to cast. Our total for the day was about 10 smallmouth with the largest being just over a pound in size. There are far larger in the lake with my biggest pushing two pounds. I have heard there are some monster crappie and I have lost a large walleye. This is way better to fish with a kayak or a boat. I prefer a kayak just for the quiet, but the winds on the lake can make it a bit of a challenge.

Small spillway that went under the railroad and the highway. Right under the lip was a school of suckers that we spooked when we walked up.
You can see on the edge that the waves were starting to kick up a muddy edge. This happens daily all around the lake.
It is amazing how much of the dirt has washed down since the lake was created in 1953. These stumps are about eight feet above the ground now. And all of that dirt now is at the bottom of the lake.

Overall I would call today a decent day of fishing. If we had brought more gear that was focused towards bass I am sure we would have caught more. Overall it was a nice relaxing day for the both of us. Our next trip will be in the kayaks and try for the elusive walleye and crappie.

Best lures of the day:

Short video of our adventure on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_3FeuVKEyU

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