Bass, sunfish and yellow perch fishing are great for kids and novice anglers. The gear is simple and inexpensive, the fishing holes are often close to home, and the fish are easy to catch and easy to eat.
In Oregon, "warmwater” fish include largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullheads, yellow perch, walleye and hybrid bass. None (except possibly the Sacramento perch) is native to Oregon, but most have been present since late in the 19th or early 20th century. They generally live in lower elevation ponds, lakes, reservoirs and streams with warm spring and summer water temperatures.
Warmwater Fishing in Oregon
Each of these 10 brochures covers a different region of Oregon. All include a list of species available, a description of where and when to fish for them, and tips on how to catch them. Each brochure also lists some of the best warmwater fisheries in each region, and the amenities available at each.
Region Map | The North Coast | The South Coast | The North Willamette | The South Willamette | Klamath Lake | Central | John Day / Umatilla | Northeast | Southeast | Southwest
Bass Fishing in Oregon
Bass often thrive in the urban waters of places like the Willamette Valley where warmer temperatures limit trout fishing in the summer months. If you’ve never been bass fishing, this how-to brochure can get you started.
Easy Angling Oregon
We’ve highlighted water bodies throughout the state with newcomers and families in mind. You’ll find dozens of fishing spots that are easy – easy to get to, easy to fish and with easy-to-understand regulations.
Spring Fishing Forecast
Published each April. Local ODFW biologists describe boat and bank access, projected water levels, recent regulation changes, best time of year to fish, where to target your efforts, and tips on gear and techniques for hundreds of rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs throughout the state.
Weekly Recreation Report
Our local biologists provide weekly updates of fishing conditions for almost 200 rivers and streams, and lakes and reservoirs throughout the state. Find out what’s biting, what’s working and what conditions are like.