Northwest Zone | Southwest Zone | Willamette Zone | Central Zone | Southeast Zone | Northeast Zone
Fishing is fun! No activity bonds a family together quite like fishing. With some basic knowledge, beginning anglers can embark on a lifetime of fun and relaxation in the great outdoors. There are so many outstanding places to fish in Oregon, it’s hard to know where to begin—especially if you’re new to fishing or looking for the right experience to hook a first-time angler on the sport.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites you to visit the lakes, rivers and streams. Our experienced fish biologists have selected the following water bodies because they provide some of the best opportunities for new anglers to catch trout or warmwater fish as well as have an enjoyable outdoor experience with friends and family.
These rivers, lakes, ponds and streams have been selected with families and newcomers in mind. Besides offering a representative sampling of the state’s angling and scenic variety, these locations:
- Are easily accessible by family car;
- Hold lots of fish on which to try your luck and sharpen your skills;
- Offer good odds of success using basic angling techniques;
- Have comfort facilities available (such as toilets, drinking water, picnic tables); and
- Offer easy-to-understand angling regulations.
Easy Angling Oregon contains fishing opportunities from each of Oregon’s
six inland angling zones: Northwest, Southwest, Willamette, Central, Southeast and Northeast. These zones correspond to the geographic areas defined in the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. Within each zone you will find “Featured” and “Also Recommended” locations. Information in “Featured Waters” helps you plan outings by including directions to the site and relevant fishing information. The “Also Recommended” waterbodies offer additional angling experiences; more information on these locations can be found on ODFW’s Easy Angling website. For each Featured Water we’ve also included a list of nearby State Parks and Recreation Areas to help you plan a vacation or weekend getaway.
Make sure you check the current ODFW Sport Fishing Regulations prior to your next fishing outing! You’ll want to check for any Special Angling Regulations for the water body you intend to fish as well as the Statewide and Zone rules. Generally, where ODFW stocks catchable trout, our regulations allow five fish per day and the use of bait. For warmwater fish species such as crappie, sunfish and catfish there are no limits on size and numbers. There are areas in the state that have special angling regulations for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Again, make sure you check the current regulations just to be sure! Regulation Updates
Call these ODFW offices for further information:
- Bend (541) 388-6363
- La Grande (541) 963-2138
- Clackamas (971) 673-6000
- Newport (541) 867-4741
- Corvallis (541) 757-4186
- Roseburg (541) 440-3353
- Hines (541) 573-6582