Winter Trout Options

Are you not much of a steelhead person, but would still like to fish right now? The winter months can produce some excellent catches of trout for those wanting to break the cabin fever, and get out on the water. Here in the Rogue Valley we have plenty of options, especially with the ODFW stocking a few of the lakes specifically to provide winter opportunities.

The Expo Ponds in Central Point provide an
excellent opportunity to catch stocker trout.

Here’s a look at some of the best options…

Expo Ponds – The pond immediately adjacent to the Gate 5 access road was recently stocked with trout ranging from barely legal to trophy sized. The pond closest to the parking lot was also stocked with trophy sized trout. There is plenty of easy bank access which makes it a great spot to bring the entire family. Fish small Panther martin spinners, night crawlers under a bobber, or PowerBait under a bobber with a split shot to keep it down.

Medco Pond – Located NW of Butte Falls off of Butte Falls-Prospect Road. ODFW stocked the pond with trophy sized trout. There is plenty of bank access, and anglers can also use small watercraft or float tubes, however, gas motors are not allowed. Night crawlers under a bobber are the go to bait.

Lost Creek Lake – One of the best winter trout fisheries for anglers in the Rogue Valley. Currently under a blue-green algae alert, but it is expected to be lifted this week. Trollers fair best using night crawlers and small lures. Bank anglers find decent success near the Takelma ramp and the dam using bait. Expect to have to use the Takelma ramp for launching boats, as the ramp at Stuart State Park isn’t usable during normal winter levels.

Agate Lake – A newer addition to the winter trout opportunities. ODFW has been stocking the lake the last couple of years to create a close to home fishery for Rogue Valley anglers. Trolling near the dam with bait or lures can be effective, as well as casting spinners or bait from the bank. No gas motors are allowed.

Excellent winter trout fishing can be had on McCloud
Reservoir for those willing to drive.

Other opportunites also include Emigrant Lake, Applegate Lake, and Willow Lake.

Willing to drive?

With our extremely dry winter thus far, there are some amazing opportunities still open to anglers willing to drive a bit south. Lake Siskiyou and McCloud Reservoir in Northern California have some absolutely amazing winter trout fishing, as long as weather permits. Guide Scott Caldwell has been fishing McCloud Reservoir recently and caught over 80 trout in two days.Trolling has been best with almost any type of lure or bait in the top 20 ft of water. Both places are about a 2 hour drive south from Medford.

Tight Lines….

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