Applegate Reservoir (Applegate/Ruch area)

General Description: Open-year round for fishing, Applegate Reservoir impounds the Applegate River south of Jacksonville near the California state line. There are numerous hiking trails and camping spots located all around the reservoir. Here’s a video that shows the reservoir, trails and view from the water.

Fish: Trout, spring chinook, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass

How to land'em: Trout up to four pounds will occasionally be caught at Applegate Reservoir. Many anglers catch limits during the spring and early summer, particularly from boats. Anglers use using rooster tails, flashers, and wedding rings. Fishing is best in the evenings near the dam, in French Gulch, and up at Seattle Bar. Both Copper and French Gulch boat ramps are now open. Trout have been caught wind drifting with flies, on wedding rings tipped with a small piece of worm and by trolling lures. Bank anglers have been successful at the lower end of the lake using eggs. Anglers should try fishing a variety of depths off of points and tributaries. Fishing for bass and panfish usually get better as the water warms. During the spring, the Copper Boat Ramp is open daily and the Hart-Tish ramp is normally open on weekends. Updated boat access and day use area information is available by calling the Applegate Ranger District at 541-899-1812. Daily reservoir level in feet above sea level can be obtained by calling 1-800-472-2434.

Directions: From Grants Pass, follow Highway 238 for 25.5 miles. At the town of Ruch, take a right onto Upper Applegate Road and follow for 16.7 miles to reservoir. Click here for a map via Google Maps.

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