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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bull trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and kokanee salmon at Lake Billy Chinook in Oregon.

Lake Billy Chinook, OR

At the intersection of three rivers, Lake Billy Chinook lake is home to bass, trout and salmon. This 29,900-acre lake, with three major arms, is located in the central part of the state, at Culver, OR.

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Nestled in the stunning canyons of Central Oregon, Lake Billy Chinook offers anglers a fantastic fishing experience. The lake is known for its diverse fish populations and scenic surroundings, making it a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts of all levels.

One of the primary attractions of Lake Billy Chinook is its thriving population of kokanee salmon. These landlocked sockeye salmon provide anglers with exciting and fast-paced fishing opportunities. Kokanee are known for their acrobatic jumps and delicious pink flesh, making them a prized catch. Anglers often target kokanee by trolling with downriggers and using lures such as hoochies, dodgers, and small spoons.

Lake Billy Chinook is also home to several other popular fish species, including rainbow trout, brown trout, and smallmouth bass. Rainbow trout are regularly stocked in the lake and offer an excellent challenge for both fly anglers and lure fishermen. Brown trout, known for their size and wily behavior, can be found near rocky structures and provide a thrilling catch. Smallmouth bass are highly sought after by anglers looking for a fun fight and can be found near submerged rocks, cliffs, and drop-offs.

Before heading out to Lake Billy Chinook, it is crucial to check the local fishing regulations and obtain any necessary permits or licenses. Understanding size and bag limits for different fish species is important for ensuring the sustainability of the fishery.

Lake Billy Chinook in Oregon offers anglers a perfect blend of thrilling fishing opportunities, scenic vistas, and recreational activities. Whether you're targeting kokanee salmon, trout, or bass, or simply enjoying the peacefulness of the lake, Lake Billy Chinook provides a memorable fishing experience in the heart of Central Oregon's rugged beauty.

Enjoy the exceptional scenery along the 72 miles of shoreline, from a boat or from the bank at some of the public areas. At campgrounds and public areas there are opportunities for fishing from the bank. Kayaks and canoes allow access to more of these great fishing waters.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Billy Chinook

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Rainbow trout Brown trout Kokanee salmon

Lake Billy Chinook Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Lake Billy Chinook, as it provides easy access to different fishing spots around the lake. Anglers can bring their boats, kayaks, or canoes to explore the various coves and channels of the lake. It is important to be aware of any boating regulations and to prioritize safety while on the water.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Cove Corner Store
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoon boats
541 546-2628

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Crooked River Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off SW Jordan Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Deschutes Canyon Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side of Deschutes Canyon, off SW Jordan Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Perry South Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Montgomery Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Three Rivers Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off SW Lakeview Drive, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


The Cove Palisades Marina
5700 SW Marine Drive
Culver, Oregon 97734
541 546-9999

Click here for a Oregon Fishing License.

Camping facilities are available near Lake Billy Chinook, offering anglers the opportunity to extend their fishing trips and fully immerse themselves in the scenic beauty of the area. Campgrounds provide convenient access to the lake and the surrounding natural wonders, allowing anglers to enjoy a memorable fishing experience while enjoying the comforts of camping.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

The Cove Palisades State Park Campground - 541 546-3412

Deschutes Campground - 541 546-3412

Crooked River Campground - 541 546-3412

Lake Billy Chinook OR Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Billy Chinook
The Cove Palisades State Park
7300 SW Jordan Rd
Culver, OR 97734
541 546-3412


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