Go fishing in Oregon for trophy-size bass, Sturgeon, Pacific Halibut, Rainbow Trout, Chinook salmon and the celebrated Steelhead. Learn the art of fly tying and casting at a local fly fishing shop. Discover the best fishing holes with local guides who have grown up fishing Oregon's rivers, streams, lakes and ocean coastline.

With eight rivers, 249 lakes and direct access to the Pacific Ocean, the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is a sports fishing paradise.

How To Fish In Oregon 

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 are 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. 

  • Oregon Tide Tables - Check local tide tables for crabbing, clamming and tide-pooling.
  • Eugene, Cascades & Coast Visitor Center - Stop by for fishing guidance, brochures, and maps and to purchase forest, park and recreational passes (NOTE: fishing licenses must be purchased directly from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife).
  • Family Fishing Days - Event dates scheduled at stocked ponds around Oregon designed to teach kids how to bait, cast and reel in their catch. Fishing licenses are required for participants older than 13 years.

Where to Fish

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 (PDF).

Lakes & Reservoirs

With more than 200 lakes in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region, you'll be sure to find…


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Marinas & Boat Ramps

Find accessible boat ramps and marinas for launching your water craft into the lakes, reservoirs and…

What is Algae Bloom?

When water levels are low and weather is warm, some still lakes, ponds and waterways can develop toxic algae. This green or colorful scum is harmful to pets and people — please don't swim, fish or recreate in water impacted with bloom.

While this condition can impact any body of water, our most vulnerable and popular water destinations to watch include Fern Ridge Reservoir, Dexter Reservoir, Dorena Reservoir, Fall Creek Reservoir, Hills Creek Reservoir, Cougar Reservoir, Cottage Cover Reservoir, Siltcoos Lake, Golden Garden Ponds, Walterville Pond and Odell Lake. Check with the Oregon Health Authority for current advisories. 

Splash Around Safely - Tips for Water Fun
: Joey Hamilton
Aug 22
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