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Common Fish Species

Rainbow Trout

Rainbows are the most widely stocked and distributed trout in Oregon. They occur naturally in many rivers and streams and are stocked in ponds and lakes. They are highly variable in color, often silvery, with a light pink to red stripe along each side. They can get up to 30 inches long. Rainbow trout prefer cold, clear water. Their diet consists of small fish, fish eggs, insects and other small aquatic life. Handling Tip: Trout can be flipped over (belly up), which will calm them and allow for easier hook removal.

Handling Tip: Trout can be flipped over (belly up), which will calm them and allow for easier hook removal.

Rainbow Trout

Steelhead

Ocean migrating rainbow trout over 24-inches long. Although not always considered “easy” to catch, there a few unique access opportunities to try catch this highly regarded gamefish. As their name suggests, summer steelhead begin migrating to their natal streams as early as March in some streams near the coast.

Steelhead

Chinook (king) salmon

Although not always considered “easy” to catch, there a few unique access opportunities to try catch this highly regarded gamefish. Identified by its black gum line, spots cover its entire tail and large size (5-50 pounds). Consult the ODFW Fishing Regulations for more detail about salmon identification.

Chinook
The Following fish have a dorsal fin (top of the fish), that has spines that can poke you. By brushing your hand from the head of the fish back you can lay the fin down and handle the fish.

Bluegill

Most common species of sunfish, they have an oval shape and small mouth. They are found in warmer waters than trout and are usually in schools. They can reach up to 2 pounds in our waters, although ½ pound is much more common. They eat a variety of aquatic insects and small fish.

Bluegill

Crappie

Another member of the sunfish family, crappie are usually found in schools near cover, such as docks, weeds and stumps. They average 8 to 12-inches long and can reach 1.5 pounds. Their primary good source is minnows but they’ll also feed on insects, tadpoles, crayfish and just about anything else that will fit in their mouths!

Black Crappie

Yellow perch

A common species found in lakes and ponds, they are pale green with distinct vertical bars on their sides and orange fins. Found in both warm and cold water, they are usually found in schools. Usually under 10-inches long, they eat a variety of aquatic insects and small fish. Yellow perch have a delicate flavor and are very good to eat.

Yellow Perch

Smallmouth bass

Smallmouth bass are more often found in deeper lakes and reservoirs where water temperatures stay cooler, and in moving waters such as the Columbia, Willamette, South Umpqua and John Day rivers. Usually bronze to green in color with faint vertical bars on its side. Smallmouth bass tend to hang out in schools, and prefer cooler, clearer water. They eat a variety of aquatic insects and fish, and are known to love crayfish. When it comes to strength, fight and acrobatics, smallmouth bass are considered top tier, behind only steelhead and Atlantic salmon (really!).

Smallmouth Bass

Handling Tip:

Bass can be grabbed by their lower lip, which “paralyzes” them and allows for easier hook removal.

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