There: From Hwy 20 south of Burns, turn north on Hines Logging Road (County Road 127), cross Emigrant Creek and continue east and north on Forest Road 47. Turn east (right) on Forest Road 37 and after 2-3 miles take the access road south to the lake. The lake is 35 to 40 miles from Burns.
Fisheries: Fingerling rainbow trout are stocked each spring as soon as snow melt allows access (usually in May) and reach legal length (8 inches) by fall. In years when extensive snow pack limits trout survival over winter, legal rainbow trout are stocked at the same time as fingerling rainbow trout. There are no special regulations. Open to angling year-round.
Information: There is one unimproved gravel boat ramp and extensive shoreline access. Although there is no official ADA access, the boat ramp and adjacent parking area are low gradient and have firm gravel. Angling access is good from both the bank and boats. Note the upstream end of the lake is posted private land.
Tackle & Techniques: Anglers should target rainbow trout early in the season before aquatic vegetation makes angling more challenging or in late summer/early fall when vegetation clears out. After aquatic vegetation gets established, some of the best fishing is either from boats in open water or off the east shore where the shoreline drops off quickly. Anglers are successful using a variety of spinners, various commercial bait, worms and flies. In most years, there is sufficient ice on the lake for ice fishing. However, vehicular access in the winter may be limited.
Facilities: Yellowjacket Lake is a 35-acre impoundment located on national forest land. There is a US Forest Service campground with outhouses available. The lake is located in a ponderosa pine forest. Bank access is excellent along much of the lake.
Nearby state park: Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site.
ODFW Malheur Watershed District Office — (541) 573-6582
US Forest Service, Emigrant Creek Ranger District — (541) 573-4300