Sutton and Munsel lakes

LazyBrewer

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We moved to Florence this last July and live on Sutton Lake. I've talked with neighbors and they fish the lake for stockers in the spring and early summer, in the lower lake, with decent success. I've dropped a line in the upper lake with little success this winter. I have heard there are decent yellow perch and bass opportunities in the lake, as well. Also, Munsel Lake is just down the road, a couple miles away, and I know that they get lot of trophy plants.

Both Sutton and Munsel are a couple of the deeper lakes on the central coast, so I'm assuming trolling will be the best option for early spring fishing. Anyone have experience here, that can fill in some details?
 

rogerdodger

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For trout, check the ODFW planting schedule, heavy planting between Feb and May, Munsel for sure, best fishing through June, then slow. Trolling is it.

Bass and perch goes up and down on the coastal lakes, each year different ones are hot and others slow. cheers roger
 

4labs

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I guess you have a boat.
The planters love Berkley Flicker Shad in 3". Trout or White.
Hard to find over there but Bi-Mart can order them.
They dive to 8-12ft max . The easies thing you will ever use and a line counter reel helps. Let out a100ft or more and your set.
Alittle pro cure trout trophy jell helps.
Almost moved to Munsel or Sutton just couldn't find enough acreage. See my report from Dorena
 

rogerdodger

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I guess you have a boat.
The planters love Berkley Flicker Shad in 3". Trout or White.
Hard to find over there but Bi-Mart can order them.
They dive to 8-12ft max . The easies thing you will ever use and a line counter reel helps. Let out a100ft or more and your set.
Alittle pro cure trout trophy jell helps.
Almost moved to Munsel or Sutton just couldn't find enough acreage. See my report from Dorena
Wedding rings, small spinners, and many of the small Kokanee type of lures work well also.
 

LazyBrewer

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I guess you have a boat.
The planters love Berkley Flicker Shad in 3". Trout or White.
Hard to find over there but Bi-Mart can order them.
They dive to 8-12ft max . The easies thing you will ever use and a line counter reel helps. Let out a100ft or more and your set.
Alittle pro cure trout trophy jell helps.
Almost moved to Munsel or Sutton just couldn't find enough acreage. See my report from Dorena
Yup! Got a new Deep-V 18 footer in late November. Only had it out a couple times so far, and still need to finish the motor break-in process. Hoping for some clear weather soon so I can drop some crab pots in the Siuslaw.

I just found the Berkley Flicker Shad online at Cabelas, and ordered a couple. Thanks for the lead on this.
 
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troutdude

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Welcome to OFF.

Roger lives in your "hood" and is a verifiable wealth of knowledge in your area. The idea also OFFered by 4labs is also spot on.

Try tipping Wedding Rings w/ 1/2 to 1/3 of a night crawler. Also try Green and Black Wedding Rings. They have been killer for me, on some other lakes.

Also try Fire Tiger Rooster Tails. As well as Little Cleo spoons. But remove the hook from the Cleo's. Then use as a flasher/dodger w/ about 10" of leader to a worm. Or use Berkley Mice Tails with that Cleo set up.
 

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LazyBrewer

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Welcome to OFF.

Roger lives in your "hood" and is a verifiable wealth of knowledge in your area. The idea also OFFered by 4labs is also spot on.

Try tipping Wedding Rings w/ 1/2 to 1/3 of a night crawler. Also try Green and Black Wedding Rings. They have been killer for me, on some other lakes.

Also try Fire Tiger Rooster Tails. As well as Little Cleo spoons. But remove the hook from the Cleo's. Then use as a flasher/dodger w/ about 10" of leader to a worm. Or use Berkley Mice Tails with that Cleo set up.
Thanks for the info! I've been doing a lot of research on these local lakes, and I've definitely seen your suggestions mentioned before, and have stocked up on most of those lures. I've read about using Little Cleo's as a flasher. It's really intriguing and will be the first thing I try in a few weeks.
 

troutdude

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@PK Yi is the member who uses that Little Cleo set up. Here is one of his bank fishing videos. I like the color of the Mice Tail, at 2:55.

 

C_Run

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A good resource for your area are the fishing guide booklets by the late Pete Heley. Some of them detail the lakes throughout the central Oregon coast. His website is down now but I think your local tackle shops may have them. The Stockade in Winchester Bay used to have them.
 

LazyBrewer

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Great idea @C_Run.

Sadly I just discovered why Pete's site is down. RIP Pete.
Wow. That's sad:(

I had ordered the book about the coastal lakes from him a while back, and it came without the center four pages. I emailed him and he got back to me saying his computer had crashed and taken the publishing program (PageMaker) with it, and he didn't have an updated program to reprint the book. He kindly sent me a couple other of his books and refunded my money. Seemed like a straight arrow kind of guy. RIP, Pete.
 

troutdude

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Yeah that's pretty awesome of him to do that for sure.

Which book? I may have it and could scan those pages for you.
 

troutdude

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Yep. Got it.

I'm also fortunate to have 2 other of Pete's books:

Eugene area fishing maps
Roseburg area fishing maps
 
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