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Drop your line in the waters of southern Oregon or northeastern California, and you're sure to find fishing success. The region offers trout and warmwater species in a rich variety of scenic mountain and high-desert settings.

High mountain lakes and crystal-clear streams offer trout-fishing at its best. Hike into one of many wilderness areas in the region for a weekend of solitude or a memorable family outing. Public and private campgrounds are plentiful. Fishing tackle and other supplies are usually found in a store nearby.

Trophy trout exceeding 10 pounds migrate annually between the nutrient-rich waters of Upper Klamath Lake and spawning beds in the frigid spring-fed streams on the fringes of Crater Lake National Park -- a fly-fisherman's paradise.

Warmwater species such as largemouth bass, Sacramento and yellow perch, crappie and catfish lurk in many small lakes and reservoirs throughout the region - including many little-known scenic spots waiting to be discovered by the general public.

Fishing is at its best from May through November, although ice fishing is popular at some lakes. Whenever you decide to try your luck, don't forget to take advantage of other recreation activities found nearby, such as wildlife viewing, hiking or sight-seeing.

Places to Go

Location Map: Odell and Crescent Lakes.

1. Odell and Crescent Lakes

From Hwy. 97 in northern Klamath County, OR, take Hwy. 58 for 18 mi. to Crescent Lake turnoff or 20 mi. to Odell Lake.
These high, deep-water lakes offer large lake trout and Kokanee. The Deschutes National Forest maintains 10 campgrounds and three day-use areas at these two lakes. Private campgrounds, cabins, water sport rentals available.
Information: Crescent Ranger District, 541-433-2234.

2. Miller Lake

Location Map: Miller Lake.

From Chemult, OR follow Forest Service Rd. 9772 W 12 mi.
This trout-filled lake sits on the edge of the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness Area. A campground is located at the lake, and nearby trails lead into the wilderness. Like most lakes in the area, Miller Lake is open to fishing year-round, but heavy snow limits access in winter.
Information: Chemult Ranger District, 541-365-7001.

Location Map: Williamson River.

3. Williamson River

Access points at Williamson River Campground, Collier State Park and downriver, near Chiloquin, OR.
This renowned fly-fishing stream serves as spawning grounds for trout that migrate from Upper Klamath Lake. Full hook-ups and showers available at Collier State Park. Be sure to check out the Logging Museum and Spring Creek north of the park. Spectacular view at nearby Oux-Kanee overlook.
Information: Chiloquin Ranger District, 541-783-2221.

Location Map: Lake of the Woods and Fish Lake.

4a. Lake of the Woods

35 mi. W of Klamath Falls, OR on Hwy. 140, look for turnoff at mile post 36.
Stately old-growth timber envelopes this lake popular among locals. Stay at one of two campgrounds maintained by Winema National Forest. Lodge offers restaurant and boat rentals.
Information: Klamath Ranger District, 541-885-3400.

4b. Fish Lake

Look for turnoff from Hwy. 140 about 40 mi. W of Klamath Falls, OR.
Public and private campgrounds are available at this sparkling mountain lake surrounded by fir forests. Boat rentals available.
Information: Ashland Ranger District, 541-482-3333.

Location Map: Blue Lake and West Valley Reservoir.

5a. Blue Lake

At Likely, CA take County Rd. 64 E 18 mi. follow signs.
Rugged mountains in the South Warner Wilderness form the backdrop for the lake surrounded by tall pine and fir trees. Trophy brown trout inhabit the lake. Campgrounds at the lake and nearby Mill Creek Falls, CA. A beautiful spot when aspen trees turn their fall colors. Information: Warner Mountain Ranger District, 530-279-6116.

5b. West Valley Reservoir

From Likely, CA, 2 mi. E on County Rd. 64, S 7 mi. on County Rd 66.
Rainbow trout, Sacramento perch and channel catfish thrive in this reservoir located in semi-arid country dominated by juniper trees, sagebrush and unique geologic formations. Primitive campgrounds offer striking views of South Warner Mountains.
Contact Bureau of Land Management Alturas Resource Area, 530-233-4666.

Location Map: Upper Klamath Lake.

6. Upper Klamath Lake

Access points at Klamath Falls, OR city park, Eagle Ridge, Rocky Point and Agency Lake.
Oregon's largest fresh-water body is hard to beat for huge rainbow trout. County and Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas surround the lake. Private resorts offer services, campgrounds and equipment rentals. Spectacular wildlife viewing is found along a canoe trail at Rocky Pt. Canoe rentals available from private vendors.
Information: Discover Klamath 1-800-445-6728.

Location Map: Medicine Lake.

7. Medicine Lake

18 mi. S of Newell, CA, take Forest Service Rd. 97 W for 26 mi.
This remote, scenic lake in the 'high country' east of Mount Shasta is easily accessed by paved roads. Fish for trout during warm days, enjoy the quiet of cool summer nights. Accessible restrooms available at boat ramp and swim beach.
Information: Doublehead Ranger District, 530-667-2246.

Location Map: Juanita Lake.

8. Juanita Lake

From Macdoel, CA 3 mi. S on Hwy. 97, 3 mi. W on Ball Mtn. Rd., 4 mi. N on Forest Service Rd #46N04.
Rainbow trout, brown trout and largemouth bass are found in this lake that is a popular camping spot among locals. Watch for bald eagles and ospreys during your visit. Fully accessible lakeshore trail.
Information: Goosenest Ranger District, 530-398-4391.

Location Map: Pit River.

9. Pit River

From Fall River Mills, CA, 5 mi. W on Hwy. 299, S to Pit 1 powerhouse.
Rainbow trout fill this river that carves out a canyon among pine-oak forests. Campground provided by Bureau of Land Management offers plenty of peace and quiet, new vault toilets, but no drinking water.
Information: Bureau of Land Management, Alturas Resource Area, 530-233-4666.

Location Map: Fish Hole Lakes.

10. Fish Hole Lakes Recreation Area

From Bly, OR, E on Hwy. 140 for 13 mi., turn right on Forest Service Rd. 3715 and travel for 7 miles.
All three sites are easily located from this road. Forest Service Rd. 3715 is steep and winding, it is paved and accessible to all vehicles. The Fish Hole Lakes are a great area with lots of amenities: boat ramps, developed and undeveloped camp sites, and solitude in the pines. Activities include birdwatching, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and more. Lots of fishing in these lakes for trout, bass and catfish.
Information: Bly Ranger District, 541-353-2427.

Bonus Points

Check out this fish-related activity if the weather is uncooperative or the fishing is slow:


Fishing is subject to sometimes complex regultions aimed at protecting a diverse fishery resource. Check with state authorities for regulations that may apply to lakes and various reaches of certain streams.