- In rivers and streams look for trout in the cooler waters found in shaded areas, deeper pools, and faster moving riffles with cooler, oxygenated water.
- In lakes and reservoirs, trout will hold in deep channels, near under water springs, inlet streams and rivers, and off the face of dams (where it’s often deeper).
- Fish early and late in day when temperatures are cooler.
Early summer fishing is a favorite time for trout fishing as water levels in rivers stabilize, water temperatures in lakes and reservoirs are still somewhat cool, and trout stocking continues in lakes, reservoirs and some streams. In lakes and reservoirs that freeze in the winter, some of the best fishing of the year will be right after ice-off.
With the onset of really hot weather, start looking for trout trying to beat the heat. This can be in higher elevation lakes where water temperatures stay cooler. There are several easily reached by the family car. For the more adventurous, ODFW also stocks dozens of hike-in only lakes.
Other good bets in the dog days of summer include the headwaters of streams and rivers where cooler waters often prevail thanks to lots of shade and higher elevations. Also check out the coastal rivers and streams where sea-run cutthroat trout begin arriving in July and August.
To find out where the trout fishing is good this time of year, check out the weekly Recreation Report.