Guide To Great Trout Fishing Locations In Oregon
All about fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown, golden and lake trout in local lakes and streams.
It's hard to drive anywhere in Oregon without seeing trout waters. Most rivers, streams, creeks and ponds contain trout. The major lakes with good trout fishing include Agency Lake, Aspen Lake, Beulah Reservoir, Bluejoint Lake, Brownlee Reservoir, Crane Prairie Reservoir, Crater Lake, Crescent Lake, Davis Lake, Detroit Lake, Diamond Lake, Drews Reservoir, Green Peter Lake, Hart Lake, Lake Billy Chinook, Lake Owyhee, Odell Lake, Phillips Lake, Prineville Reservoir, Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, Tenmile Lakes, Upper Klamath Lake, Waldo Lake, Warm Springs Reservoir and Wickiup Reservoir. Many of these lakes offer ice fishing for trout once the ice is safe.
Trout Species In The State
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 28 lbs 0 oz
World record: 41 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 9 lbs 8 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 9 lbs 6 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 28 lbs 5 oz
Lake trout (Mackinaw)
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 40 lbs 8 oz
World record: 11 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 7 lbs 10 oz
World record: 42 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 35 lbs 8 oz
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Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
Oregon State Record Trout
The state record rainbow trout was caught from the Rogue River.
The state record cutthroat trout was taken out of the Malheur River.
The state record brook trout was taken out of the Deschutes River.
The state record brown trout came from Paulina Lake.
The state record bull trout was caught in Lake Billy Chinook.
The state record golden trout was caught in Eagle Cap Wilderness.
The state record lake trout was caught in Odell Lake.
The state record steelhead trout was caught in the Columbia River.
Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.
Additional trout information
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.
Visit the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife for information about trout stockings in Oregon.
Trout locations and info, by state.
The habits of trout.
Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Oregon waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.