Fishing in Oregon

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You don?t have to travel far to find your way to one of Oregon?s top tier fisheries. Whether you?re a streamer-swinging steelheader, dry fly flingin? trout fisher, or still water specialist, you?ll find year-round fishing opportunities in one of Oregon?s beautiful fishing locations. Oregon is well known for it?s annual runs of anadromous fish ? steelhead and several species of salmon ? but rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout can be found in freestone rivers, tailwaters, spring creeks, and lakes throughout the state. There?s even a fair amount of bass, panfish, and walleye to be had too. The variety, beauty, and ease of access to prime fishing water make Oregon one of the most fisherman-friendly states on the map.

Steelhead fanatics flock to the Deschutes, North Umpqua, and Rogue Rivers along with the many coastal rivers for promising runs of both winter and summer steelhead, and chinook and coho salmon. Resident populations of trout, both wild and stocked, not only provide angling entertainment while waiting for the steelhead and salmon, but make worthy targets in their own right, any time of year. Some of the more challenging (but rewarding) trout fishing opportunities can be had in Oregon?s prized spring-fed rivers such as the Metolius and the Fall River. Stillwater anglers can head into the Cascade mountains to float the many alpine lakes including Sparks, Hosmer, Elk, and the Big and Little Lava Lakes. And don?t forget about the Pacific Coast where ? in addition to the steelhead, salmon, and trout fishing in the coastal rivers ? an incredible assortment of saltwater fish such as lingcod, greenling, and rockfish can be caught on fly from the beaches and jetties. Head just offshore and you can even hook into albacore tuna!

Some of the more noteworthy hatches are the epic March Brown mayfly hatches on the Middle Fork Willamette Rivers and Mckenzie river in march; the Stonefly and Salmonfly hatches on the Deschutes in June; and the October Caddis hatch in many rivers. But good fishing in Oregon isn?t necessarily hatch-dependent, and quality fish can be caught on the full gamut of streamers, nymphs, and terrestrials. No matter the time of year, no matter the conditions, there are fish to be caught in Oregon.


OR Department of Fish & Wildlife
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302
P: (503) 947-6000

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6 Winter Flies to Never Leave Home Without

Posted on February 12, 2017

It’s winter time and if you’re like me then you’re probably daydreaming of warmer weather and being on the river. You’re also probably behind the vice tying up dozens of flies for the months ahead....

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Choosing the Proper Fly Rod

Posted on January 21, 2016

Proper fly fishing gear is essential. Along with the reel, flies and line, the most important gear is the fly rod. Fly rods may vary in length from 6 - 12 feet and come in different weights, colors,...

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The Scout & Cast Story

Posted on February 10, 2015

My whole life has been filled with various trips to the lakes & rivers in search of fish. As a kid growing up in “Lake Country” Minnesota, it was practically a sin not to be a fisherman. I would...

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