There: Turn east on NE Big Creek Road in northern Newport near Mile Post 139. Follow for 1.5 miles; turn right at first junction, left at second junction. Reservoir 2 is a half mile past Reservoir 1 and offers bank fishing access.
Fisheries: From February through early June approximately 11,000 legalsized rainbow trout are stocked in Reservoir 1 and 20,000 in Reservoir 2; they are usually available into July. Naturally reproducing yellow perch, bluegill, brown bullhead and largemouth bass are available year-round. Check ODFW’s website for Youth Angling and Free Fishing Day events at this location.
Information: The reservoirs are surrounded by spruce forests. Fair bank fishing is available along the access road for Reservoir 1 and around most of Reservoir 2. Boats may be used but are limited to electric motors only.
Tackle & Techniques: All lake-fishing techniques can be effective. A common angling technique is to use a small round piece of PowerBait with a weight about 2 feet above the hook. Casting small lures and jigs is also effective.
Facilities: A primitive boat launch is located on the west end of Reservoir 2. No camping, drinking water or restroom facilities in immediate area.
Activities: Yaquina Bay offers year-round recreational opportunities: fishing for rockfish from the jetties; catching herring from public docks in February and March and perch in spring; crabbing all year. Bank fishing for sturgeon January through May near markers 25 and 37 (north shore) and near markers 38 and 42 (south shore). Bank fishing for salmon from Elk City to Toledo from September through early November. Digging clams downstream of the Hwy 101 Bridge. Nearby state parks: Beverly Beach State Park, South Beach State Park, Agate Beach State Recreation Site, Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site.
For More Information:
North Coast Watershed District Newport Office – (541) 265-8306 ext. 236 or ext. 224