LAKE SELMAC (Selma area)

General Description: Open-year round for fishing, Lake Selmac is the largest body of water in Josephine County. Bank access, boat ramps and camping facilities are available through Josephine County Parks at 541-474-5285. Boat rentals are available at the Lake Selmac Resort at 541-597-2277.

Fish: Trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

How to land'em: Lake Selmac is heavily stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout from February through June. The lake is also a renowned producer of largemouth bass, and is managed for trophy bass through a one bass per day limit. Bluegill, black crappie and brown bullhead are also available. Fish for trout near the dam as the water warms. Look for largemouth bass around the stumps and overhanging brush, and for black crappie and bluegill fish from pier and dikes. Fish close to shore at Lake Selmac; it is easy to cast too far and miss the bulk of the fish. All lake-fishing techniques can be effective. Trout anglers use floating bait or worms with a weight about 2 feet above the hook, cast and retrieve lures or flies, or troll with lures and flies from a boat. For bass and panfish, use a size 10, 12 or 14 hook baited with worms below a bobber. Casting small lures and jigs is also effective. Largemouth bass will strike surface or shallow running lures fished around cover as the water warms in the spring. During hot weather largemouth bass seek deeper, cooler water, so use leadhead jigs, plastic worms and deep running plugs.

Directions: From Grants Pass, follow Highway 199 south for about 20 miles and turn left on Lakeshore Drive. Follow Lakeshore drive about three miles to the lake. The resort is located on the northwest side. Click here for a map.

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