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Henry Hagg Lake fishing opens March 3

Feb. 23, 2012

Hagg Lake

Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove will be stocked with 18,000 rainbow trout for the opening of fishing season on March 3. (click to enlarge)

CLACKAMAS, Ore – Henry Hagg Lake, one of Northwest Oregon’s premier still water fishing venues, will open for the year on Saturday, March 3.

In anticipation of the season opener, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will release 18,000 rainbow trout into Hagg Lake. Earlier this year ODFW released an additional 600 trophy-sized trout weighing 8-15 pounds each.

Anglers are advised the opening day is indeed Saturday, March 3. A misprint in ODFW’s 2012 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations erroneously listed the opening day as March 4.

“The opening of fishing season on Hagg Lake is always exciting for anglers in this part of the state,” said Tom Murtagh, fish biologist for ODFW’s North Willamette Watershed District. “Hagg Lake is a tremendous recreational fishery for the whole family.”

In addition to rainbow and cutthroat trout, Hagg Lake contains largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, yellow perch and brown bullhead.

Located less than 25 miles southwest of Portland near Forest Grove, this 1,100-acre reservoir has produced the state record smallmouth bass and bullhead. Last year, Hagg Lake was one of only 65 bodies of water nationwide chosen for inclusion in the “Wanna Go Fishing for Millions” fishing contest sponsored by Cabela’s and the Outdoor Channel.

Recreational facilities at Henry Hagg Lake are managed by Washington County, which charges a day use or season pass for access to the lake and Scoggins Valley Park. For more information about Hagg Lake or Scoggins Valley Park, call 503-846-8715 or visit Washington County’s website at




Tom Murtagh (971) 673- 6044
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

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