Henry Hagg Lake
There: From Hwy 47 south of Dilley near Forest Grove, follow Scoggins Valley Road about 3 miles to the lake.
Fisheries: The lake is heavily stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegills, crappies and bullheads are plentiful. Largemouth bass and cutthroat trout also are present. Holdover hatchery rainbow trout can reach 6 lbs. Smallmouth bass reach trophy size due to the abundant fish forage. To date, the state record smallmouth bass was caught here on May 10, 2005—it weighed in at 8 lbs. 1.76 oz.
Information: Bank anglers are successful early in the season using spinners and bait near boat ramps. Smallmouth bass move into the lake’s shallow arms when water temperatures are 60 to 65 degrees. Fishing for stocked trout is best in spring and fall when the shallows are cool. Tanner Creek Arm and the cove north of Boat Ramp A (east shore) are reliable for yellow perch. Look for bluegills and bullheads in the coves. Even at low pool, the lake can be fished from the bank and from the pier near Recreation Area C. The lake is not open to angling all year; check fishing season dates because they do not generally coincide with other trout openers. It generally opens in early March and closes in mid-November.
Tackle & Techniques: All lake-fishing techniques can be effective. In spring, fish for bass with lures imitating perch, crayfish and minnows. Plastic worms, grubs and jigs can be productive all year.
Facilities: Wheelchair-accessible fishing pier adjacent to Boat Ramp C on the west shore; early season wheelchair-accessible fishing pier adjacent to Boat Ramp A; wheelchair-accessible restrooms; drinking water; picnic tables; biking and hiking trails.
Fees: Yes, for
Activities: Swimming, biking, hiking and boating.
ODFW North Willamette Watershed District Office — (971) 673-6000
Washington County Facilities of Parks — (503) 359-5732, (503) 846-8715
Lake Stop Store — (503) 357-4270