There: Lake of the Woods is located off of State Route 140 mid-way between Medford and Klamath Falls.
|A boy and his fish at the Lake of the Woods Marina
Fisheries: Stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout throughout the angling season. Fingerling rainbow, brown trout and kokanee are also stocked. Naturally producing warmwater fish are present including largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch and brown bullhead. Smallmouth bass have recently been illegally introduced into the lake.
Information: Lake is in a forested setting with vacation cabins, forest service campgrounds and a resort surrounding most of the lake. There is also a full service resort at the lake that rents a variety of boats.
Tackle & Techniques:
Anglers should target kokanee and brown trout early in the season for best success. Kokanee are often caught by jigging in the deeper sections of the lake or by trolling. Brown trout anglers have the best success trolling lures that resemble available prey species (silver, rainbow colored, black and gold rapalas or similar lures) off shore in depths of 10-20 feet. Use long leaders and electric motors for best results. Rainbow trout are available around the shore of the lake, especially near boat ramp areas. There is good bank fishing around most of the lake. Anglers are successful using a variety of spinners, various commercial baits, worms and flies.
The lake is open to angling 24 hours a day for trout fishing so anglers can target the large brown trout—up to 10 lbs.–lurking along the lake’s shoreline at night. During the summer anglers should fish early morning and evening hours for best results.
Lake of the Woods
Lake of the Woods has a resort and well-developed US Forest Service campgrounds. There are several boat ramps on the lake.
Fees: Yes, day-use fee, parking fee at boat ramp, campground fees.
Additional Activities: Water skiing, bird watching, sightseeing and hiking, including nearby Mt. McLoughlin. Nearby state park: Tou Velle State Recreation Site.
ODFW Klamath Watershed District Office — (541) 883-5732
US Forest Service, Klamath Ranger District — (541) 885-3400
Lake of the Woods Resort — (541) 949-8300, (866) 201-4194