This good-sized lake (236 acres) on Oregon’s South Coast is most often fished for occasional plantings of hatchery trout and also known for sometimes producing good-sized largemouth bass.
Trout are typically planted here around mid-spring (April or May) and can be stocked in very good numbers. Most of these will be pan-sized keepers, but sometimes larger fish also are trucked to the lake.
Floras Lake also is home to a decent population of cutthroat trout, which are native to the region’s coastal streams and present in some lakes. They can be included as part of the trout bag limit.
Typical trout fishing tactics will work here. (More detail: Trout Fishing: Basic How-To Techniques and Tips.)
Floras Lake also is home to a fair largemouth bass fishery. At times the lake can produce some top-notch bass in the 5- to 6-pound range, according to anglers who fish this water, including the late fishing author Pete Heley.
There are several creek arms around the lake, especially on the southern end, that have promising bass habitat.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials as well as anglers warn that Floras Lake is very often windy, and sometimes dangerously so.
The main section of lake is more popular with windsurfers and kite boarders than anglers.
If you plan to fish, you might do well to be on the water at the crack of dawn or possibly near sunset, when conditions are more likely to be calmer.
Floras Lake sits just on the other side of a sand dune from the Pacific Ocean.
It is just southwest of the small community of Langlois, or a little more than a 20 minute drive south from Bandon and a bit shorter of a drive north from Port Orford.
From Highway 101 south of Langlois, take Floras Lake Loop Road and then Floras Lake Road west toward Boice Cope County Park at the north end of the lake, where there is bank access and where you can launch a small boat into the Floras Creek inlet and down to the main lake. Camping is available at Boice Cope.
Other stocked trout lakes in the area include Garrison Lake and Arizona Pond. Salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout fishing is available in season at several area rivers, including the nearby Sixes River and Elk River.