Howard Prairie Reservoir Fishing Report

Howard Prairie Reservoir - Ashland, OR (Jackson County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Fishing for trout the last week has been fair at Howard Prairie. Legal-sized trout have been stocked to complement trout stocked last year and a good number of 15-20 inch holdovers.

Visibility in the lake is down due to increased algae in the lake and trollers reported very slow fishing. Fishing from shore was more productive with anglers using A threaded nightcrawler under a bobber and powerbait fished off the bottom from shore. With better visibility, trolling with a wedding ring/bait combination and sliding sinker are a tried and true method on this lake.

A fairly heavy insect hatch was observed this past Sunday morning according to a few anglers. The Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass should also be good in the mornings and evenings. The lake is now 59 percent full. The surface temperature has been 67-68 degrees by noon.

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