About 5,000 legal rainbow trout were stocked here on Valentine’s day

Lake Selmac - Selma, OR (Josephine County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
2-16-2022
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About 5,000 legal rainbow trout were stocked here on Valentine’s day. This would be a great destination for this upcoming free fishing weekend. Weed growth is down and all boat ramps are accessible. Power bait from shore is probably a good bet for those fishing from shore. Trollers will want to fish small wedding rings tipped with a night crawler. Or troll a leech for some early season bass. The best bet is probably later afternoon as the water temp picks up a bit. The late winter/early spring months can actually be pretty good for bass fishing out here, and there is very little fishing competition or weeds to deal with.  

Bluegill fishing from shore will be fair with the water temps still pretty chilly, but still a small chironomid fly under a bobber, or very small piece of worm should pick up a few fish. This can be fun for the young anglers.  As always, switching up fly colors is recommended. With the cold lake temperatures, warm water fish are probably more apt to bite in the afternoon.

The Resort at Lake Selmac is under new ownership. This is a great place to pick up a fishing license, bait, ice and snacks. Check them out. Camping is also available.

Lake Selmac facilities including most campgrounds, day use, and boat ramps are operated by Josephine County Parks are currently open. More information about Josephine County Parks can be found on their website.

Lake Selmac has its share of non-native aquatic hitchhikers. Boat owners should do their part to remove as much vegetation as possible while leaving the ramp, as well as drain and dry their vessel before using another waterbody. Lake Selmac has had a recent introduction of a non-native bryozoan. Bryozoans are mossy like creatures that usually help to clean water and that are not typically harmful to humans. However, this particular species has been known to harbor a disease that can be transmitted to salmon and steelhead. Please help stop the spread of Oregon’s aquatic hitchhikers!

Anglers are reminded that only 1 bass may be harvested from Selmac per day.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, February 16th
: ODFW Staff Recommendations for 2022 Recreational Halibut Seasons Available
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is 2.9 feet below full pool and 55 percent full
Agate Lake: Agate received 1,000 legal rainbow trout this week
Applegate Reservoir: The reservoir is at 19 percent capacity
Applegate River: The river coloreed up a little bit with the Monday rain
Arizona Pond: Young anglers may have some success early in the morning
Chetco River: Current water conditions are low and clear
Elk River: Steelhead fishing is slow as water conditions are low and clear
Fish Lake : There were still anglers on the ice this past weekend
Floras Lake: Current water temperatures are on the chilly side
Garrison Lake: The lake can hold some pretty good numbers of holdover trout
Pistol River: Water levels are low as we have not had much rain recently
Plat I Reservoir: Plat I is a great place to fish for warmwater fish this time of year
Rogue River- Lower: Water conditions are clear and steelhead fishing effort has slowed some
Rogue River - Middle: Expect the river to be pretty steady for the foreseeable future
Rogue River- Upper: Best bets for the upper river would be concentrating on the area between Shady Cove and Touvell
Sixes River: Current conditions are low and clear
Umpqua River: Steelhead fishing has been steady
Willow Lake: Willow Lake just received 2,000 legal rainbow trout this week
Wilson River: One on the best bets for hatchery winter steelhead for the remainder of the season
Trask River: The Trask has been very low and clear and as a result the fishing has been fairly slow
Siuslaw River: Winter steelhead continues to be slow on the Siuslaw but anglers are catching fish every day
Siletz River: Winter steelhead fishing continues to be slow on the Siletz
Nestucca River: The Nestucca has been low and as a result fishing has been a little slow
Three Rivers: Three Rivers has been very low and clear
North Fork Nehalem River: Majority of the hatchery run on this basin is winding down
Nehalem River: The Nehalem has been in good shape for the past month
Necanicum River: The hatchery winter steelhead run on the Necanicum River is winding down
Kilchis River: The Kilchis River is still very low and clear
Alsea River: Winter steelhead fishing continues to be fair on the Alsea
Hood River: Winter steelhead are currently returning to the Hood River basin
Grande Ronde River: Hatchery steelhead will continue to be available to anglers on the Grande Ronde
Umatilla River: The flows in the Umatilla have come up a bit and anglers should start see fish moving
Wallowa Lake : Wallowa Lake currently has ice on it, but the ice is very thin in some parts
Brownlee Reservoir: There have been no recent fishing reports from Brownlee Reservoir
Snake River- Below Hells Canyon Reservoir: Fishing effort for steelhead on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Reservoir has been light at times
EE Wilson Angling Pond: The pond is stocked with trout from February through May
Green Peter Reservoir: The water level has been slowly rising now that refill season has begun
: This lake was stocked last week with about 900 hatchery trout

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