Alexia Burkey with a couple of nice trout she caught at Shorty’s Pond in Molalla, one of 340 ponds, lakes and streams that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks with trout.
MEDFORD, Ore. — Starting next week, trout season will begin for many Oregon anglers with the opening of several popular fisheries. On Saturday, April 26, hundreds of miles of rivers and streams and many lakes will open around the state for trout fishing.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says while many lakes and some rivers and streams are open to trout fishing year-round in Oregon, the early trout opener in April continues to be a tradition with many families, and the first chance of the year to fish several popular locations.
Some of these popular locations include:
Hyatt Lake and Howard Prairie Reservoir in Jackson County, and Hemlock Lake in Douglas County.
Large portions of the Willamette, Santiam and McKenzie rivers and many small streams in the Willamette Valley.
Crane Prairie Reservoir, Big Lava Lake, South Twin, Wickiup, Odell and other Central Oregon lakes.
Krumbo and Pilcher reservoirs, Wood and Powder rivers and portions of the Sprague and Williamson rivers in the southeastern part of the state.
Anglers should check the 2014 sport fishing regulations for even more water bodies that open April 26. In addition, many more rivers and streams will open for trout fishing on Saturday, May 24.
For anglers getting ready to hit the water, ODFW offers a lot of information to get started fishing or deciding where to go, including:
Trout stocking schedules – includes maps showing you how to get to each stocking location
The Recreation Report – weekly updates from agency experts on the latest fishing conditions
Trout Fishing in Oregon – how to fish for trout in rivers and lakes
Easy Angling Oregon – 101 great places for newcomers and families to fish
Family Fishing Events – bring the whole family, we’ll provide the fish, the gear, and plenty of encouragement
Local and Regional Guides – 50 places to fish close to Portland, Bend, Roseburg, and Medford