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Trout fishing through the seasons

Winter It’s not just ice fishing

 
Spring   Summer   Fall   Winter

Tips for the season:

  • Sleep in, and enjoy breakfast. Fish are most active during warmest part day (late morning/early afternoon).
  • Trout feed selectively in winter and won’t move far to eat, so cover water carefully and thoroughly with your lure or fly.
  • Wade cautiously, beware of hypothermia and always have a change of dry clothes in the car.

For lakes and reservoirs that are open year-round, trout fishing can continue until the water freezes, or snow and ice limit access. Lakes that were stocked earlier in the year will have holdover trout that have been in the water several months getting bigger.

There also are several rivers in Oregon that are open year-round and offer excellent trout fishing for the hardy angler. Trout continue to feed throughout the winter but are generally less active than other times of the year.

Water levels can be high in the winter, making wading difficult. However, the high waters also push the fish closer to shore in search of slower currents or back eddies where they don’t have to expend a lot of energy to hang out in the current.

Ice fishing, when possible, is becoming increasingly popular at Diamond Lake and many reservoirs in eastern Oregon. However, ice conditions in Oregon can be unpredictable and anglers should use caution.

To find out where the trout fishing is good this time of year, check out the weekly Recreation Report.

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