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Any members here fish the Klamath Falls area?   I will be moving there most likely in a few months.  Trading my bass fishing for fly fishing, lol.

 

But my real question...are there bass fishing lakes around?  I hate to think taking my bass stuff is unnecessary.  I'll already be giving up tons of saltwater stuff.  To say nothing of getting a different boat.

 

Looking for real reports from fishers in the area.  Thanks for what you know.

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Trout; Rainbow, Steel Head, a Brown and salmon dominate northwest fisheries. Bass, both LMB and Smallmouth populate smaller lakes and rivers near Klamath Falls but locals despise warm water fish.

The salt water fishing is good along the Oregon coast with Albacore and Ling Cod.

Tom

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Thanks Tom.  That is what I was hoping to hear as far as bass.  I don't mind being the only guy out fishing for them, lol.  I guess I'll just hang on to all my salt water stuff and make a trip or two to the coast for my favorites.

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You'll find nice fishing out west, it's got plenty of bass fishing, plus if you decide for whatever reason you want a change of pace you'll be within a few miles of a trout stream, and your not terribly far from the Deschutes, Rogue, and a handful of other bucket list western rivers for cutthroat trout, salmon, steelhead, rainbows, browns, brookies, and you might even hook up with a bull trout, you'll definitely want to closely read up on OR's fishing laws though, they are regionally controlled in many cases and sometimes they are not at all clearly defined or consistent. I don't do saltwater but I know lots of folks who do, and they stay busy landing fish, if you want to try your hand at ice fishing there are lots of opportunities for it up in the cascade range during the winter, @WRBis bang on about the locals turning noses up about bass, most folks can't stand them and many folks consider them problematic for salmon species, my advice is to play dumb and do your thing, arguing with those types isn't worth the time or trouble.

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Thanks, Sphinx.  I have no problem just minding my own business.  I have been doing a bit of reading in advance.  The license prices don't favor newcomers that's for sure. You have to live there 5 years before you get the old folks discount.

 

I know there is a crappie lake about 40 minutes from my brother's place.  Another favorite on superlite set ups.  My younger brother has only fished a few times in his life so I get to share some new adventures.  

 

I'm shopping for a new place to live and hope to find a place with a indoor boat storage.  I have an old Boston Whaler I'm slowly restoring and want to keep it covered.

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Hey @Guitarfish, good luck with your move. I don’t think you’ll need to trade any of your tackle just yet. I don’t know how far you might be willing to drive. There is black bass in Irongate, which used to hold local club tournaments. Copco probably has bass as well. Both dams however are scheduled to be removed in the next couple of years. A little further south is Shastina, Trinity, and of course Shasta.

By the way, Klamath River salmon and trout love Panther Martin lures...

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Look for a copy of Complete Anglers Guide To Oregon by John Shewey. It will list a whole slew of lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks in the region around K Falls. Its a great resource book.

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Sorry it's taken so long to reply to this. I live 70 miles west of K Falls. There is a lot of good bass fishing here in southern Oregon. Of the top of my head and distance from Klamath Falls: 

 

Hyatt lake- 48 miles

Willow lake - 54 miles

Lost Creek Lake - 78 miles

Agate Lake - 70 miles

Applegate Lake - 97 miles (Great smallmouth fishery and some big LM)

Lake Selmac - 125 miles (This lake has produced 3 state records. I've caught many there over 5lbs)

 

There are also quite a few public land ponds in the Medford area. And quite a few really good lakes an hour or 2 from Medford. I hope this helps some! 

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On 2/16/2021 at 10:01 AM, Guitarfish said:

Thanks, Sphinx.  I have no problem just minding my own business.  I have been doing a bit of reading in advance.  The license prices don't favor newcomers that's for sure. You have to live there 5 years before you get the old folks discount.

 

I know there is a crappie lake about 40 minutes from my brother's place.  Another favorite on superlite set ups.  My younger brother has only fished a few times in his life so I get to share some new adventures.  

 

I'm shopping for a new place to live and hope to find a place with a indoor boat storage.  I have an old Boston Whaler I'm slowly restoring and want to keep it covered.

No, Oregon is pretty brutal on newcomers for fishing licenses, but it's the sort of price you stop thinking about when you go on a single trip and land a steelhead, a Chinook, a smallmouth, a walleye, a catfish, and three other sorts of fish you have to go look up the names of, if your a fishing nut, it's worth it, K falls can get some pretty rough winters too, so covered storage for a project boat is well advised. 

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Hey man another member told me you were headed this way. I live in Klamath falls and fish largemouth religiously and run in a few tournaments and a club here! Got a few other friends that do trout so I’m getting my feet wet again in that category! Any questions or wanna get out and about let me know

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Yes sir I am,  but the process of selling and then buying a new place may drag out for awhile.  I have seen many houses in Klamath come and go while watching sales up there.  I am learning bunches of Klamath layout just by looking at real estate ads.  I have a brother in Chiloquin and another in Klamath. 

I would like to check out fishing with another bass crazy!  I'll hit you up when I get settled.

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