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Ten Miles of Bass – Bass fishing report Ten Mile Lake, Oregon



Looking for somewhere new to go bass fishing this season, or next? You might want to consider the Pacific Northwest. Ten Mile Lake, Oregon, is one of the most popular bass lakes in the state and has hosted local and regional tournaments for many years. It’s, no doubt, lesser known to the rest of the world. If that’s you, now is a good time to get your feet wet—literally.

If you go, you’ll find a lake that fishes much bigger than it really is due to the many nooks and crannies, docks, boathouses, down trees, pad jungles and other unique features. Because of its location at sea level, it’s fishable virtually year-round and it’s not uncommon for tournaments to be won at 20 pounds from February through October. The average largemouth will run about 3 pounds and good numbers are very possible here, as well.

The most recent team tournament, the 28th Annual Bassin’ for Bucks event, hosted by the Umpqua Valley Bassmasters of Roseburg, on May 3, was won at 25.32 pounds, with a 25.25 bag placing second. It was 20 pounds down to 14th place. My partner and I got smashed with a 15-pound limit.

At that time, there were a lot of fish on beds, a few post-spawn fish and plenty of pre-spawners and site fishing was not the deal in this tournament. Going forward, I expect another wave of spawners, with the full moon and warm weather this past week, but a great post-spawn bite should follow anytime. Look for fish suspending on tree tops and the end of docks, deep fish on large-diameter laydowns and fish lining up to use the wind that kicks-up each afternoon when the marine layer lifts.

Summer’s a fun time to visit: Beat the heat where you live, enjoy fresh fish-and-chips at any number of restaurants or bar-n-grills and enjoy some of the nearby landmarks, like the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The location between Coos Bay and Winchester Bay is ideal for seeing some of the largest dunes on the Oregon Coast, ocean fishing, clamming or crabbing. Nearby Tahkenitch and Siltcoos Lakes also support largemouth, and good fishing at times, if you’re out to check-off lakes.

If you need a summer tournament, look no further than Nixon’s Marine Ten Mile Open in July. Click here to get signed up.

BHQ: You can also read some of Jason’s articles over on myoutdoorbuddy.com