Best Fishing in Oregon

This list represents the most popular fishing in Oregon. Use this list to plan your next Oregon fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Henry Hagg Lake


Henry Hagg Lake is a 1,200-acre reservoir that provides excellent fishing opportunities for a variety of fish species. Constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation for irrigation and flood control, it is…
From the guidebook "Fishing Oregon"
Forest Grove, OR - Fishing Best Trail in or - Click to view allBestFishing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Little North Santiam, Opal Lake


This is one of Oregon’s most consistently surprising scenic roads, with incredibly beautiful streams, waterfalls, lakes, mountain meadows, trailheads, and alpine vistas. Easy to moderate gravel road.…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Mill City, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 37.2 miles
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#3. Badger Lake


A primitive road, with wilderness on either side, leading to a gorgeous glacial cirque lake. Many trails and side trips. The last 6 miles are narrow, very slow, and contain multiple rocks and ruts; th…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Government Camp, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 54.6 miles
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#4. Owyhee River


This 10-mile stretch of the Owyhee River below Owyhee Dam is a classic tailwater trout fishery, created by regular cold water releases from the Owyhee reservoir. Once considered a remote location fish…
From the guidebook "Fishing Oregon"
Nyssa, OR - Fishing
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#5. Valsetz


This is an interesting and pleasant drive, mostly through intensively managed industrial forest land. The drive includes a visit to the site of an abandoned town and a defunct reservoir in a wide vall…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Dallas, OR - Fishing, Off-Highway Drives - 20 miles
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#6. Detroit Lake


Originally intended as a water storage and flood control reservoir when it went into operation in 1953, Detroit Lake has since became one of western Oregon’s most popular recreational reservoirs. Form…
From the guidebook "Fishing Oregon"
Detroit, OR - Fishing
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#7. Clackamas River


Consistently one of Oregon’s top salmon and steelhead rivers, the Clackamas offers fishing for spring Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and both summer and winter steelhead. The Clackamas River is a tribut…
From the guidebook "Fishing Oregon"
Estacada, OR - Fishing
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#8. Nehalem River and Bay


Flowing nearly 120 miles from its headwaters deep in the Coast Range mountains, the Nehalem River is a major northwest Oregon steelhead and salmon stream. Chinook salmon begin showing up in Nehalem Ba…
From the guidebook "Fishing Oregon"
Nehalem, OR - Fishing
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#9. Elk Lake


Highlights include a challenging road, a lovely lake, and trailheads into one of Oregon’s most underrated wilderness areas. The Elk Lake Road is purposely kept to a low standard of maintenance to disc…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Detroit, OR - Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives - 14.8 miles
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#10. Deschutes River Trail


Take a scenic desert tour in a canyon above the Deschutes River. Visit the Columbia Gorge, Hood River, Goldendale, and the Dalles, and you’ve got an aesthetic, tasty, and interesting weekend. The cany…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Dalles, OR - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 18 miles
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#11. Siletz River


This 70-mile-long coastal stream sports both a winter and summer run of steelhead, along with spring and fall Chinook. It is traditionally one of Oregon’s top steelhead and salmon angling streams. Sum…
From the guidebook "Fishing Oregon"
Siletz, OR - Fishing
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#12. Succor Creek, Leslie Gulch


Highlights include Succor Creek, a remote and beautiful desert canyon; Leslie Gulch, another canyon marked by towering redrock spires; and the upper end of Owyhee Reservoir, a spectacular rock gorge.…
From the guidebook "Oregon Byways"
Nyssa, OR - Fishing, Off-Highway Drives - 88 miles
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#13. Banks-Vernonia State Trail


The Banks-Vernonia Trail stretches through the hills east of the Coast Mountains. It’s 35 miles west of Portland, and 52 miles east of the coastal town of Seaside. Both trail endpoints—at Banks and at…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Banks, OR - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 21 miles
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#14. Sparks Lake


A good brook trout fishery, clear, shallow Sparks Lake, with its wary fish population, makes for a challenging outing for any fly fisher. Nestled in the Deschutes National Forest against a spectacular…
From the guidebook "Fishing Oregon"
Bend, OR - Fishing
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#15. Astoria Riverwalk


Portland’s beach resort town of the early 1900s sits on the north-western tip of Oregon, where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and Clark’s 8,000-mile trek in search of the Nor…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Astoria, OR - Birding, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 5.1 miles
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#16. OC&E–Woods Line State Trail by Klamath Rails-to-Trails Group


Explore the 98-mile OC&E–Woods Line State Trail for its solitude and panoramic views. Walkers, joggers, cyclists, equestrians, skateboarders, and other nonmotorized travelers have one thing in common…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Klamath Falls, OR - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 98 miles
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#17. Row River Trail


This abandoned railroad line left us five Howe truss bridges and twenty-three pile trestles to cross. Ospreys and eagles, a small town, covered bridges, and prairie wildflowers will delight you as you…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Cottage Grove, OR - Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 15.6 miles
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#18. Crane Prairie Reservoir


One of the famed lakes along the Cascade Lakes Highway, Crane Prairie Reservoir is nearly 5 square miles in size and formed by a dam on the upper Deschutes River. A trophy trout fishery, rainbows aver…
From the guidebook "Fishing Oregon"
Bend, OR - Fishing
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#19. Springwater Corridor


The Springwater Corridor is the major southeast section of a system of nature trails encircling Portland. Ride, walk, or skate the trail to enjoy parks, botanical gardens, and wetlands—not to mention…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Portland, OR - Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 16.5 miles
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#20. Alsea River


A renowned western Oregon salmon and steelhead stream, the Alsea River flows over 50 miles from its headwaters in the Coast Range northwest of Eugene to the sea at Waldport. There are a dozen public…
From the guidebook "Fishing Oregon"
Tidewater, OR - Fishing
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