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Guide to fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee salmon at Crescent Lake in Oregon.

Crescent Lake, OR

Surrounded by roads and paths, Crescent Lake is 4,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Crescent Lake, OR. These access points are scattered all around the 12 miles of shoreline.

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Nestled in the beautiful Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon, Crescent Lake is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts. The pristine waters of Crescent Lake offer anglers a serene and rewarding fishing experience, with a variety of fish species calling this lake their home.

One of the most sought-after fish species in Crescent Lake is the kokanee salmon. These landlocked sockeye salmon provide thrilling angling opportunities and are known for their acrobatic jumps and delicious meat. Anglers often target kokanee by trolling with downriggers and using lures such as hoochies, spinners, or small spoons. The summer months are particularly productive for kokanee fishing in Crescent Lake.

Rainbow trout are another popular species in Crescent Lake, attracting both fly anglers and bait fishermen. The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, ensuring a healthy population for anglers to pursue. Fly fishing with nymphs or dry flies, as well as using spinners or bait, can yield great results when targeting rainbow trout in Crescent Lake.

Crescent Lake also offers opportunities to catch other fish species such as lake trout (mackinaw) and brook trout. Lake trout are known for their impressive size and are often found in deeper sections of the lake. Trolling with downriggers or fishing with bait near the lake's bottom can be effective when targeting lake trout. Brook trout, with their vibrant colors and willingness to bite, are a favorite among fly anglers. Anglers can tempt brook trout with small flies or lures that imitate their natural food sources.

Before embarking on a fishing adventure to Crescent Lake, it is crucial to check the local fishing regulations, including size and bag limits, and to obtain any necessary permits or licenses. Respecting these regulations helps maintain the health of the fishery and ensures a sustainable fishing experience for future generations.

Crescent Lake in Oregon provides anglers with a picturesque setting and a diverse range of fish species to pursue. Whether you're targeting kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, or brook trout, Crescent Lake offers a tranquil and rewarding fishing experience in the heart of Central Oregon's natural wonders.

Big trout and and plentiful salmon make fishing trips exciting for all ages. Just a few miles north of the lake is the Crescent Lake State Airport. A marina, stores, camping, dining and lodging are open during the season. Lake trout thrive in depth of 50 feet or more, but can be caught from shallow water in Spring once the ice melts.

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Primary fish species residing in Crescent Lake

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Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Kokanee salmon

Crescent Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NO
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Crescent Lake, allowing anglers to explore its expansive waters and access different fishing locations. Anglers can bring their motorboats, kayaks, or canoes to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the lake while searching for their desired fish species. It is important to adhere to boating regulations and ensure the necessary safety equipment is onboard.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Crescent Lake Lodge & Resort
Rentals: Kayaks
541 433-2505

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Crescent Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off FS-6005 115, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Spring Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, south side, off FS-6000 280, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

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Camping facilities are available near Crescent Lake, offering anglers the opportunity to extend their fishing trips and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds provide convenient access to the lake, allowing anglers to enjoy peaceful evenings by the water after a day of fruitful fishing.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Crescent Lake Campground - 541 383-5300

Whitefish Horse Camp Campground - 541 338-7869

Spring Campground - 541 338-7869

Camp Makualla, B.S.A. Campground - 800 888-1273

Windy Group Campground - 541 338-7869

Contorta Point Group Campground - 541 338-7869

Crescent Junction RV Park - 541 433-5300

Crescent Lake OR Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Crescent Lake
Crescent Lake Campground
Crescent Lake Rd
McCredie Springs, OR 97463
541 383-5300


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