Fall fishing 2021 at Lookout point with Agates

If you have been reading my blog or watching my YouTube channel you have probably heard me say that I am not a bass fisherman. But I keep trying and learning more. Today’s adventure was back up to lookout point reservoir. Somewhere in that lake I know there has to be something bigger then the pikeminnow I caught during the summer.

I have realized this year that I need to get more exercise other then kayaking. Even though I love to kayak it doesn’t ever really give you a good workout unless you are going fast which makes it a bit useless for fishing. On today’s adventure we found a random pullout on the road and hiked down to the lake. This time of year the reservoir is dropped down to a low level in case of a massive storm to control flooding. Fun fact of the day before the dams were built in the Willamette basin most of the valley would flood every year. The dams hurt the salmon runs but were very effective on reducing the floods. Sadly they were also very effective in destroying most of the native salmon runs in the water basin.

All along the reservoir there is a lot of tiny pullout spots to park and walk down to the water. Until this trip neither of us realized there is a nice path running along the edge of the high water mark over half the length of the lake. We just stopped at a random spot and walked down along the path.

Not to steep right here

As always walking around on the loose rock and mud you really have to watch you feet. On a bonus note when you are walking and watching your feet it makes it easier to find agates and Jasper. Found a nice piece of a blue agate as we walked along the edge.

Nice blue agate I stepped on while walking

As much as I like to look for rocks to polish up our main goal is fishing for some late fall small mouth bass. Today was a bit of an experiment for both Jeremy and I. I used a jig with a curly tail grub and Jeremy used a larger brass mepps. With as many stumps as there is along the lake we didn’t want to lose a fortune in lures to the stumps.

Fish number one of the day.

After several miles of walking the shore and casting we finally started catching bass. Not that the three total we caught in three hours is really what I would call impressive. But all three were over 14″. I have noticed that walking the shores of the lake produces larger bass then when we troll in the kayaks. My thoughts are that the bigger fish are hugging the shore and the stumps and we are just a bit to far offshore when trolling and hit the schools of small ones that are away from the bigger ones. Something to experiment with next year

My biggest of the day

Sadly this is our last fishing trip of the year. The holidays and wet weather make it a bit difficult to coordinate and get out to fish. My goal for the next year is to get out and fish more and do more blogging and more videos.

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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Fall fishing Lookout Point Reservoir

When I was a youngster, many years ago. Lookout point reservoir was known only as a place to fish for trash fish. It wasn’t stocked with anything and the northern pikeminnows had pretty much out competed every other fish. You would catch an occasional trout, but for the most part suckers and pikeminnows were all. And then came the illegal stocking of warm water species into this reservoir. It is now one of those lakes that if it lives anywhere in Oregon then you can probably catch it if you learn the lake and where to target them.

For our fall trip down to the lake, we are trying to catch for us the elusive Walleye. Several years ago ODFW did a study in the lake to the percentage of predator species, and how they are distributed in the lake. I was able to get ahold of one of the biologists that were a part of the study and when they did the trapping for them they found several Walleye over 24″ in length. This was nearly a decade ago study so she believed that some of them could be pushing up to 30″ now. Neither Jeremy or I have ever caught a walleye so this would be a great catch to add to our bucket list of fish. Walleye are limited in Oregon to the Columbia river, small stretches of the Willamette river and now Lookout point.

One thing I have noticed in the last five years is the reduction in pikeminnow in the lake. Years ago when we trolled we would catch 5 pikeminnow to 1 of any other species. Now I rarely catch any at all.

Finding a place to walk down to the water is always a challenge since the lake is so steep. But we were able to find a place we could walk down and fish along the edge. A storm was coming in so our fishing time was limited before the heavy rain and wind hit. Third cast once we made it to the water my shad rap was hammered by a very nice sized Small mouth bass. Before this fish I actually didn’t know there was small mouth in the lake and thought the bass were limited to the large mouth variety.

First nice smallmouth bass I have caught this year

As with most reservoirs in the area there is also tons of stumps everywhere. After a near loss of the crankbait I swapped over to a finesse jig to try nearer the stumps. I will say now that I am not a bass fisherman. Or really much of a fisherman for anything other then trout and salmon. But I am trying got change that. Last month I signed up to start getting a monthly bag of bass gear from 6th sense. Using the finesse jig this was my first attempt at using anything other then a worm and bobber for bass. Jigging is a skill I need to work on, but I was able to somehow catch another bass near a stump using the jig. If you watch my video you can tell I am a bit excited about catching my first bass on a finesse jig

My first bass ever caught on a finesse jig from 6th sense.

With the short amount of time we had before the weather turned and we had to pack it up we caught three nice smallmouth bass and lost a couple of others. And of course lost several lures to the stumps. No Walleye on this trip but that just means we will need to go back and try again at some point. As windy as this lake gets it is hard to fish from our preferred choice of a kayak. But we will someday catch one even if it is tiny.

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