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  • Fishing in Eugene OR, Alton Baker Park by Erin Ortmann
  • Fishing on the McKenzie River by Jerry Gowins
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Where to Fish

Go fishing in Oregon for trophy-size bass, Sturgeon, Pacific Halibut, Rainbow Trout, Chinook salmon and the celebrated Steelhead. With eight rivers, 249 lakes and direct access to the Pacific Ocean, the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is a sports fishing paradise. 

For anglers planning a sports fishing trip to Oregon or for those just seeking a lazy afternoon soaking up serenity beside the water, we've compiled a list of some of the best local fishing spots (below) and some additional fishing resources

 
Oregon Fishing
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Alder Lake
  • Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97463
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

Located 6.5 miles north of Florence, west of Hwy 101. Good fishing for stocked rainbow trout in spring. Bank fishing from trail along lake. Access from USFS Alder Dune MORE >>

Blue River Reservoir
  • Rd 15 (East of Blue River on Hwy 126)
  • Blue River OR 97413
  • Region: McKenzie River - Cascade Mountains
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(975 acres/395 ha) Located near Blue River on Highway 126. Boat ramps at Lookout Creek and Saddle Dam. Fish species: hatchery rainbow trout and steelhead. MORE >>

Carter Lake
  • Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97439
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(28 acres/11 ha) This lake is located south of Florence, west of Highway 101. Fish species: largemouth bass, yellow perch and hatchery rainbow trout. MORE >>

Cottage Grove Lake
  • London Rd
  • Cottage Grove OR 97424
  • Phone: 541.942.2411
  • Region: Cottage Grove
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(1,150 acres/465 ha) Reservoir is five miles south of Cottage Grove off London Road. Includes day use parks, campgrounds, group picnic sites and a playground. Boat ramps MORE >>

Cottage Grove Lake
  • London Rd
  • Cottage Grove OR 97424
  • Phone: 541.942.2411
  • Region: Cottage Grove
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(1,150 acres/465 ha) Located south of Cottage Grove. Find largemouth bass, brown bullhead catfish, and hatchery rainbow trout. MORE >>

Cottage Grove Ponds
  • South of Row River
  • Cottage Grove OR 97424
  • Region: Cottage Grove
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(1/4–1 acre/.1-.4 ha) A group of six ponds located east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road. Fish species: hatchery rainbow trout, bluegill and crappie. MORE >>

Cougar Reservoir
  • Hwy 126
  • Blue River OR 97413
  • Region: McKenzie River - Cascade Mountains
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(1,300 acres/526 ha) Reservoir is near Blue River, south of Highway 126 on Aufderheide FS Road 19. Boat ramps at Cougar Crossing, Echo, Slide Creek and Sunnyside. Fish MORE >>

Dexter Reservoir
  • Lowell
  • Lowell OR 97452
  • Region: Lowell
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(1,000 acres/405 ha) Dexter Lake is known for its fishing, boating, rowing regattas and disc golf. Located east of Eugene on Highway 58 at Lowell. Graced by the Lowell MORE >>

Dorena Reservoir
  • Shoreview Dr
  • Cottage Grove OR 97424
  • Region: Cottage Grove
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(1,840 acres/745 ha) Reservoir is east of Cottage Grove. Boat ramp and restrooms available. Fish species: largemouth bass, brown bullhead catfish, white crappie, MORE >>

Dune Lake
  • Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97463
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

Located 6.5 miles north of Florence, west of Hwy 101. Good fishing for stocked rainbow trout in spring. Bank fishing form trail along lake. Access from USFS Alder Dune MORE >>

Eugene Rest Area Ponds
  • Hwy 99
  • Eugene OR 97402
  • Region: Eugene Oregon
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(1-2 acres/.4-.8 hectares) Located between Junction City and Eugene, west of Hwy 99. Fish species: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish. MORE >>

Eugene/Junction City Rest Area Ponds
  • Hwy 99
  • Junction City OR 97448
  • Region: Eugene Oregon
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(1–2 acres/.4-.8 ha) Located between Junction City and Eugene, west of Highway 99. Fish species: hatchery rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish. MORE >>

Fall Creek Falls
  • Cician Lake Trail #3662
  • Fall Creek OR 97452
  • Region: Lowell
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(Lower Falls) Double waterfall that totals 30-50 feet (9-15 m). (Falls Creek Falls) 40-60 foot (12-18 m) drop visible from trail. (Upper Falls) Descends 50-80 feet (15-24 MORE >>

Fall Creek Reservoir
  • Wineberry Creek Rd
  • (North of Hwy 58, 27 miles southeast of Eugene)
  • Fall Creek OR
  • Region: Lowell
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

Fall creek is located just north of Lowell, OR, and it is stocked with trout in April. MORE >>

Fern Ridge Reservoir and Wildlife Area
  • Clear Lake Rd
  • 14 miles (22 km) northwest of Eugene, near Veneta
  • Junction City OR 97448
  • Phone: 541.682.2000
  • Region: Veneta-Fern Ridge
  • Subcategory: Fishing Spots

(9,000 acres/3,642 ha) Reservoir located west of Eugene. Boat ramps at Perkins Peninsula, Orchard Point and Richardson Parks. Fish species: white crappie, brown bullhead MORE >>

 
How to Fish in Oregon
Come ride the same rapids on which Prince Helfrich and Leroy Pruitt designed the now-famous McKenzie River drift boat in the 1920s. Fly fish along the banks of the renowned McKenzie or Willamette Rivers, cast out a line while boating on a serene mountain lake, or fish in the salty surf on the Oregon Coast. There is plenty of crabbing and clamming too!

Fishing regulations vary by season and region, so please review the current guidelines when obtaining your Oregon Fishing License. Licenses are available on a daily or annual basis and required for all anglers over the age of 13 years old. We recommend exploring Oregon's many lakes and rivers with an experienced fishing guide. 

Additional Fishing Resources