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Old 05-05-2010, 03:46 PM   #1
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Default Lakes around Grants Pass

I bought a float tube last month and will be in the Grants Pass/Medford area next week.
Can anyone suggest a lake or two that I might try out?
Iíll add that this will be my first time fishing out of a tube.(!)
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:17 PM   #2
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I bought a float tube last month and will be in the Grants Pass/Medford area next week.
Can anyone suggest a lake or two that I might try out?
Iíll add that this will be my first time fishing out of a tube.(!)
Thanks in advance.
John
Selmac should be good for Trout about now.

From the ODFW...

"LAKE SELMAC: trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie

Lake Selmac has been stocked with legal-sized rainbows. Some limits are being caught by anglers trolling wedding rings with worms. PowerBait, nightcrawlers and spinners have also been catching fish. Fly anglers can be successful with wooly bugger flies. Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and other warmwater gamefish is improving, especially during the warmer weather"




Lots of lakes East of Medford. Fish Lake and Lake of the Woods come to mind right off.


What's your travel time limit?
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:29 PM   #3
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:33 PM   #4
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Applegate Lake has some good Smallie fishing.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:25 PM   #5
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Selmac is real close to GP and is great for trout and big bass.

Applegate Lake has small mouths and lots of trout.
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:06 AM   #6
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Howard Prairie has some good fly fish/float tube water(Red Rock Cove) or the shallow west end out of Grizzly Campground. Diamond Lake south end when the ice is gone.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:22 AM   #7
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Agate lake is great lake for bass and pan fish in a float tube. It's just east of White City. I used to have a ball there when I lived in GP.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:54 AM   #8
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Thanks guys for all your input. My travel time is somewhat limited as I will be fishing b4 or after work. Set my own schedule, love this job! As Iíll be staying in Rogue River Selmac looks like a good choice and Fish Lake (how can I pass up a lake with that name!) on the way back from a morning trip to K Falls.
If you southern guys need any info on SW Washington, please feel free to sent me a PM.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:49 AM   #9
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Lake of the woods can be pretty good, but a motor boat would probably be best to get to the good spots. They've got Browns, trout, Kokanee and Perch. (Please catch and kill all the Perch you can!)

But in recent years, it has become quite the summer Mecca for jet skis and such. So I would try to hit it before school lets out.

Coming back from Kalamite, Howard Prairie would not be too much out of the way if you're seeking a little variety. Then you would just continue on and hit the 5 in Ashland. It would add about a half hour to the trip. Hyatt is in the vicinity as well.

Selmac will be best for Trout through early summer. Then as it warms, it will become more of a panfish and bass lake. So plan your trips accordingly.

But when you have the time... you can't beat Diamond for trout. Like Jedcraft said, the South end should make for some good float fishing. Around mid-late June, the bugs will hatch and the bite will fall off a fair amount. But the reward for that is fat fish that are somewhat hungry again in late summer. After the hatch, bugs are more prevalent in the campgrounds than on the water. Mostly midge that don't bite with some mosquitoes... that do. I try to get my Diamond camping done by early summer!
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