The 2015 Odell Lake Resort Mac Derby is in the books and what a fantastic event it was. Our largest fish was about 14 pounds and 34 1/2 inches long and all told in 1.5 days we landed 8 . The winning fish was 32 pounds and the top 10 was rounded out with a slew of 16-22 pounders! According to the owner John, this 32 pound fish was the largest in the 6 year history of the Derby.
Being that we make lures, I tied up some modified CTC Legends series lures with 20# test mono, a treble following hook, 1/0 gamakatsu single in the skirt and a hoochie skirt. We caught about half our fish on these hoochies behind a dodger and the other half on Kwikfish in a blue and silver pattern, with.
The staff at Odell Lake Resort were fantastic! Our room was spacious and recently updated. Nice to come back to after fishing for 12 hours straight. Next year, I think we'll rent a cabin. We visited with some friends who had a cabin and they look awesome (especially with a hot tub). The food at the resort, was also spot on. As part of the Derby, dinner was provided Saturday night. mouth-watering Pulled Pork, salads, bbq chicken, taters, beans, rolls - no one left hungry for sure. We even had a Sasquatch siting at dinner, which was pretty funny.
We also had the privilege of helping sponsor the tournament, by providing a Clearwater Tackle Co. kokanee lure to everyone who didn't win a door prize. All told, we gave out 50+ lures. Additionally, Odell Lake Resort has expressed interest in carrying CTC lures in the lodge pro-shop and in use for their guide services. We'll keep you posted when this is a done deal and you can pick some up there.
I highly recommend the Odell Lake Resort for a wonderful weekend or vacation getaway for you and your family. This was my first time there and I'll definitely be back. Odell has fantastic Kokanee fishing, but if you've never targeted Mackinaw (Lakers, Lake Trout), then you are missing out on an incredible fishery. Odell currently holds the Oregon state record at 40 1/2 pounds.
With the free fishing weekend coming up this weekend, head on down to Odell Lake and Get Your Fish On!