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Fishing in Oregon - 50 Places to go Fishing within 90 Minutes of Bend

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camping Campground
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Not enough time to go fishing? Think again—if you live in the Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Sisters or LaPine areas there are a number of great fishing spots just a short drive away. Make sure you read the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, and why not grab a friend or family member to go with you? The times and distances listed are from Drake Park in Bend.

Directions and times are approximate. See the ODFW Web site and interactive map for more details on rivers, lakes and reservoirs throughout the state.

1-2. Crane Prairie Reservoir, Sunriver—39 mi., 70 min.
Redband rainbow trout, hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, kokanee

Spectacular views and excellent boat fishing for trout and bass. Opportunity to catch large rainbow and brook trout. Limited bank access. Boat rentals and other services available at Crane Prairie Resort (541) 383-3939.

  1. Crane Prairie Campground

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

  2. Rock Creek Campground: some bank fishing available.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

3-4. Wickiup Reservoir, LaPine—43 mi., 70 min.
Kokanee, brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Challenging fishing for abundant kokanee and for brown trout up to 20-inches. Best fished from a boat. Trophy largemouth bass.

  1. Reservoir Campground

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping     

  2. Wickiup Butte: access to some bank fishing near the dam. Camping nearby.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms          

5-6. Davis Lake, Crescent—55 mi., 90 min.
Rainbow trout, largemouth bass

A very productive lake with good populations of trout and bass. Fly fishing only for both trout and bass.

  1. Lava Flow Campground: unimproved boat launch.

    boat ramp    restrooms    camping     

  2. East Davis Campground

    picnic    restrooms    camping     

7. Sparks Lake, Bend—25 mi., 36 min.
Cutthroat trout, brook trout

A large, shallow lake offering good fishing and stunning scenery. Great for a canoe or other small boat. Fly fishing only. Day use area.

picnic    restrooms    forest pass

8. Devil’s Lake, Bend—28 mi. 42 min.
Rainbow trout, brook trout

Crane Prairie Reservoir
Crane Prairie Reservoir
-Photo by ODFW-

A pretty little lake that’s great for families. Lots of bank access. Day use area: Hike-in tent camping only.

restrooms    forest pass

9. Cultus Lake, Big, Sunriver—47 mi., 80 min.
Rainbow trout, lake trout

A large lake popular for fishing, boating and swimming. Several campgrounds nearby. Boat rentals and other services available at Cultus Lake Resort (541) 408-1560. Day use area.

picnic    restrooms    forest pass

10. Cultus Lake, little, Sunriver—49 mi., 85 min.
Rainbow trout, brook trout

Fishing for naturally reproducing rainbow and brook trout. Good bank access. Primitive camping only.

boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping     

11. Three Creeks Lake, Sisters—39 mi., 75 min.
Rainbow trout, brook trout

High alpine lake with good fishing all summer for both boat and bank anglers. Road opens mid-June or later. Boat rentals and other services available at Three Creeks Lake Resort (541) 873-2961.

boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping     

12-13. Hosmer Lake, Bend—36 mi., 57 min.
Atlantic salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout

What you need
  • A fishing license if you are older than 13
  • A fishing rod, tackle, lures
  • A copy of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations
  • Licenses and regulations are available at license agents and online.

Fly fishing only with spectacular view of Mt. Bachelor. Little bank access; great for float tubes, pontoon boats and canoes.

  1. Mallard Marsh Campground

    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

  2. Hosmer Lake Boat Launch

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    forest pass

14. Elk Lake, Bend—32 mi., 50 min.
Brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

Fishing for naturally reproducing brook trout and kokanee. Also popular for sailing, wind surfing and swimming. Boat rentals and other services available at Elk Lake Resort (541) 480-7378. Beach Day Use Area: Camping nearby.

picnic    restrooms    forest pass

15. Lava Lake, Big, Bend—39 mi., 60 min.
Rainbow trout

Great views of Mt. Bachelor and South Sister. Superb trout fishing. Boat rentals and other services available at Lava Lake Lodge (541) 382-9443. Lava Lake Campground.

boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

16. Lava Lake, Little, Bend—39 mi., 60 min.
Rainbow trout, brook trout

Headwaters of the Deschutes River. Good lake for float tube or small boat.

boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

17-18. East Lake, La Pine—42 mi., 75 min.
Rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Large, deep lake located in Newberry Volcanic National Monument. Popular with fly fishers, best fishing is from a boat, pontoon or float tube. Road usually opens in early June. Boat rentals and other services available at East Lake Resort (541) 536-2230.

  1. East Lake Boating Site: Camping nearby.

    boat ramp    restrooms    forest pass

  2. Hot Springs Boating Site: Camping nearby.

    boat ramp    restrooms    forest pass

19-20. Paulina Lake, LaPine—37 mi., 65 min.
Brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Also located in Newberry Volcanic National Monument, Paulina is managed for trophy brown trout. Great scenery and camping. Road usually opens in early June. Boat rentals and other services
available at Paulina Lake Lodge (541) 536-2240.

  1. Paulina Lake Day Use Area

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

  2. Little Crater Boating Site: Camping nearby.

    boat ramp    forest pass
South Twin Lake
South Twin Lake
-Photo by ODFW-

21. Twin Lake, South, LaPine—40 mi., 70 min.
Rainbow trout

Perfect for the family with lots of bank fishing. Regularly stocked with trout. Boat rentals and other services available at Twin Lakes Resort (541) 382-6432. Day Use Area: Camping nearby.

boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    forest pass

22. Twin Lake, North, LaPine—40 mi., 70 min.
Rainbow trout

Good-sized lake stocked with trout. Open year round. North Twin Lake Campground

boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping

23-24. Suttle Lake, Sisters—36 mi., 45 min.
Kokanee, brown trout

Good early season fishing for kokanee and brown trout. Bank access from trail encircling lake. Boat rentals and other services available at the Lodge at Suttle Lake (541) 595-2628.

  1. Cinder Beach Day Use Area

    restrooms    camping

  2. Suttle Lake Day Use Area: Camping nearby.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    forest pass

25-28. Lake Billy Chinook, Culver—46 mi., 75 min.
Rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, bull trout, smallmouth bass

The only place in Oregon where you can keep a bull trout. Large 3,900-acre reservoir popular for fishing, boating and waterskiing. Boat rentals and other services available at Cove Palisades Resort and Marine (541) 546-9999.

  1. Crooked River Day Use Area, Cove Palisades State Park: Camping nearby.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping

  2. Upper Deschutes Day Use Area, Cove Palisades SP: Camping nearby.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping

  3. Lower Deschutes Day Use Area, Cove Palisades SP: Camping nearby.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping

  4. Perry South Campground: Tribal fishing permit required.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

29. Lake Simtustus, Madras—53 mi., 80 min.
Rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass

A reservoir of the Deschutes River with good boat fishing. Tribal fishing permit required. Services also available at Pelton Park Store and Marina (541) 475-0516.

boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

30-31. Haystack Reservoir, Culver—36 mi., 55 min.
Rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegill

Small, popular reservoir with nearly year-round fishing. Good bank access.

  1. Haystack Reservoir Day Use Area: Camping nearby.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping

  2. West Shore Day Use Area: Camping nearby.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping
Crooked River
Crooked River
-Photo by ODFW-

32-33. Prineville Reservoir, Prineville—56 mi., 85 min.
Rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead

Large desert reservoir popular for boating, camping and water skiing. Good bank fishing at state park. Boat rentals and other services are available at Prineville Reservoir Resort (541) 447-7468.

  1. State Park Day Use Area

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping     

  2. Jasper Point Day Use Area: Camping nearby.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping

34. Ochoco Reservoir, Prineville—43 mi., 60 min.
Rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass, brown bullhead

Good trout fishing just five minutes from Prineville. Good bank and boat fishing. Ochoco Lake Park: Camping nearby.

boat ramp    picnic    restrooms

35. Crooked River, Prineville—48 mi., 65 min.
Redband trout, mountain whitefish

One of the most productive trout streams in Central Oregon. Best fishing is from Castle Rock Campground upriver to Bowman Dam. Numerous pullouts and several BLM campsites along this stretch.

picnic    restrooms    camping

36-40. Deschutes River, Bend
Redband trout, brown trout

From its source at Little Lava Lake 133 miles downstream to Lake Billy Chinook, the Deschutes River has excellent year-round trout fishing. There are several access points for both boat and bank fishing.

  1. Cow Meadow Campground, Bend—46 mi., 75 min.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

  2. Sheep Bridge Campground, Bend—39 mi., 70 min.

    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

  3. Tumalo State Park, Bend—7 mi., 15 min.

    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

  4. Benham Falls Day Use Area, Bend—16 mi., 28 min.
    Best fishing is downstream of falls.

    boat ramp    picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

  5. Tetherow Crossing, Redmond—21 mi., 40 min.

    boat ramp
Metolius River
Metolius River
-Photo by ODFW-

41. Metolius River, Camp Sherman—43 mi., 65 min.
Redband trout, bull trout

The Wizard Falls Hatchery is a great jumping in point to explore the river—famous for its beauty, year-round insect hatches and challenging fly fishing. Several other access points at various pullouts and campgrounds. Special gear restrictions apply—be sure to check current regulations.

picnic    restrooms    camping

42. Fall River, Sunriver—27 mi., 45 min.
Redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout

Beautiful stream-fed river with crystal clear water. Regularly stocked with trout near Fall River Hatchery; foot trail from the hatchery provides access to several miles of river. Fly fishing only. Camping nearby.

picnic    restrooms

43. Confluence of Deschutes and Fall rivers, LaPine—28 mi., 45 min.
Redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout

LaPine State Park offers good bank access to the upper Deschutes and Fall rivers.

picnic    restrooms    camping    forest pass

44. Ochoco Creek, Prineville—36 mi., 55 min.
Redband trout

Fall River
Fall River
-Photo by ODFW-

Good fishing for small native trout right in the heart of Prineville. Access from a 10-mile bike path.

picnic    restrooms    camping

45. Tumalo Creek, Bend—13 mi., 35 min.
Redband trout

Popular trout stream close to Bend. Additional access from roads that follow and cross the creek. Tumalo State Park

picnic    restrooms    camping

46-50. Five great places for kids

These five fishing holes are all close to a town, stocked regularly with trout, and have good bank access.

  1. Shevlin Pond, Bend—4 mi., 15 min.

  2. Bend Pine Nursery Pond, Bend—5 mi., 10 min.

  3. Fireman’s Pond, Redmond—17 mi., 25 min.

  4. Prineville Youth Pond, Prineville—36 mi., 50 min.

  5. Jefferson County Pond, Madras—43 mi., 60 min.

Feeling up for a drive?

There are several great places to fish just a little more than 90 minutes from Bend.

  • Antelope Flat Reservoir, 109 min.—Large reservoir off the beaten track; produces really big trout.
  • Walton Lake, 110 min.—Small picturesque lake stocked regularly; lots of good bank access.
  • Odell Lake, 100 min.—Large, deep lake has outstanding fishing for lake trout and kokanee.
  • Crescent Lake, 100 min.—Large, pristine lake popular for fishing and other water sports.
Getting off the beaten track

If you prefer getting away from the crowds, there are several nearby hike-in lakes that offer calm, quiet and good fishing. The following all are just a short hike away:
  • Todd Lake—short .5 mile hike in; brook trout up to 15-inches. Blow Lake—good hike-n-fish opportunity for kids; swimming in July and Aug.
  • Doris Lake—great day trip; 2.7 mile hike to picturesque lake.
  • Deer Lake—good early season fishing for brook and cutthroat trout.
  • Lucky Lake—abundant brook trout; moderate 1.3 mile hike.
  • Rosary Lakes—series of three hike-in lakes; lowest is a 2.5 mile hike; all are easily fished with a spinning rod.
  • Square Lake—popular hike lake-in near Santiam Pass; good catches of brook trout; 2 mile hike.
  • Little Three Creeks Lake—short hike from Three Creeks Lake; naturally reproducing brook trout.
  • Yoran Lake—challenging 5.3 mile hike from Odell Lake.

If you go, remember:

  • Go prepared for a day on the trail and follow all the usual precautions when going for a hike.
  • Contact the land manager (usually BLM or Forest Service) before you go to check on trail conditions.
  • Unless otherwise specified in the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, all stream fishing is with flies and artificial lures.
  • If you choose to fly-fish, consider carrying in a float tube or use a spinning outfit with a casting bobber and fly.
  • Check road conditions before you go. Some higher elevation lakes may not be ice-free and accessible until July.

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