empire lakes is a good inner city ghetto bass fishing spot biggest bass i got out of there was 4 lbs with a senko if you go there stay on the trail the numerous bum camps and heroine needles hanging out in the brush might get you
fished the middle lake yesterday for 6 hours ,tried powerbait,worms and rooster tails,and got nada.
i think ODFW have come in the night and sucked up all the fish they put in ,or we have a cormorant who
is eating more than his fair share of trout.:naughty::naughty:
Nailed 2 nice ones. Released one. Believe I was on the middle lake?? Right next to the college. Tons of guys sittin on the wall catchin stockers so I headed right from the parking lot through the brush. Looks AWESOME for bass but could not buy a bite from one. Watched somekind of duck or large bird swallow a nice 14" rainbow. Below is a picture of the smaller of the two that I caught. This one was not gonna make it so I gave it to some old timer there who was not having any luck. The other was about 3" longer and quite a bit fatter. Need to bring the toon next time. Hooked this one about half way across the lake and casting between the two trees behind me in the picture. Tons of fun tryin to keep them out of the trees and not burr up the 10lb test I was using. Using a #3 Bud spinner with copper blade for the larger of the two. the smaller one hit a #3 spinner that looked like a fly. Think it was made for fly guys but I will try anything once!!
went out to empire yesterday,first day the rains stopped for a while.
started about 3pm,the fish were not playing,until about 6pm,when
the bite came on,managed to catch 4,and missed a couple of nibbillers.
one nice 17 inch brooder,and three small rainbows,was hoping to catch
my limit,but theres always today.:clap::clap:
well empire lakes is definitely a family oriented set of lakes, lots of access for kids, etc. now just like any lake that has a steady stocking program there is gonna be fishing fun for everyone. and yes there is bass, bluegill and trout. ive caught some very nice bucketmouths from this lake, but it doesn't have a huge amount of them. this is a trout fishermans habitat. if your taking the kids find a little cove with nearby weed beds, stumps etc, use a small peice of worm and you can catch lots of bluegill. for bass well, id consider finding the stacks of lilly pads and stumps and throw top water scum frogs in the evening, and throw senkos during the day! stick with realistic colors, like your pumpkins, watermelons etc!
good morning at empire today,caught my first limit of trout,not too big but 5
legal fish and released two that were too small,just for you troutski....
went back out after 12,but the wind had picked up and kept the fish quiet.
always tomorrow....after my job interview of course.
family day at empire lake yesterday,so i stayed out of the way till about 2pm
kids were all over the lake,looked like most of them were having fun.
nice of odfw to restock the lake for them and to net off part of the lake to
give the kids a good chance of catching fish.
caught another limit,not big fish but good for 2 hours of fishing.
almost every cast got a hook up,fish seemed to like the red/yellow powereggs.
should have taken the camera,but was too busy reeling them in .
not been doing much fishing over the summer,troutski,but i still read the forum daily,been too busy finding work
down here. Hope to hit the water after they stock it.It really sucks being stuck onshore when i can look out into
the bay down here and see the salmon jump as they run up the river.
best wishes from becky and me.
Anyone having any luck at Empire Lakes this year? They just stocked it a couple weeks ago but I haven't seen many people there. Went down for an hour or so today and didn't have any bites, probably going back tomorrow.
Oh and hi my name is Zac, I'm 24 and have lived in Coos Bay most of my life.