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Best Fishing in McKenzie River

Published: September 02, 2022


Fishing on the McKenzie River is a glorious experience. Twenty-two native fish and more than seven non-native fish swim this ultra pure, spring-fed river. The McKenzie River is also one of the most stocked rivers in Oregon with trout from the Leaburg Fish Hatchery and spring chinook salmon from the McKenzie Fish Hatchery

The McKenzie River watershed encompasses 1,300 square miles (3,367 sq km) comprised of tributaries, streams and lakes through a varied terrain. Fish populations include wild and hatchery trout, spring chinook and summer steelhead, sturgeon, sculpin, lamprey, whitefish and more. Regulations vary widely depending on season, section of the river and type of fish, so review the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations when purchasing your fishing license. Fishing with a local guide is a fun way to find the river's top fishing spots.

Top Fishing Spots in the McKenzie River Region

Select your rod and fishing gear from local retailers, then drive east on Highway 126 along the McKenzie River. Whether you are fly fishing from the shore or casting from a world famous McKenzie River Drift Boat, the McKenzie River area is excellent for year-round angling. Stay on the river at Wayfarer Resort or Horse Creek Lodge for a quintessential fishing experience. We can't wait to hear your fish stories! 

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Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.