There: Go east on Hwy 66 from Ashland. Turn left on Dead Indian Memorial Road; follow the signs to mountain lakes. After approximately 17 miles, turn right on Hyatt Prairie Road. Howard Prairie is the first reservoir; Hyatt is located a few miles farther down the road.
Fisheries: These reservoirs are managed primarily as trout fisheries. Fingerling rainbow trout are released each year. Hyatt Reservoir also offers fishing for largemouth bass. At Howard Prairie fish for largemouth bass, brown bullhead, and pumpkinseed in summer and for smallmouth bass in summer and fall.
Information: There is good bank access at the campgrounds. At Howard Prairie, a fishing platform on a jetty near the resort offers ADA access.
Tackle & Techniques: All lake-fishing techniques can be effective. Floating bait is popular for trout and can be very effective for early season bank anglers. Trolling flies and lures for trout is effective as well. Bass will strike surface or shallow running lures fished around cover as the water warms in the spring. Lead head jigs, plastic worms and deep running plugs are effective for bass during hot weather.
Facilities: Four boat ramps and campgrounds, both public and private, available at each reservoir. Boat rentals at the resorts on each reservoir.
Fees: Yes, at public and private
Additional Activities: Full service restaurants at both sites. Hiking, sailing and swimming.
ODFW Umpqua Watershed District Office—(541) 440-3353
Howard Prairie Resort — (541) 482-1979
Hyatt Lake Resort — (541) 482-3331
Jackson County Parks — (541) 774-8183