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Warmwater Fishing in Oregon

Whether it's a 6-inch bluegill or a trophy-size bass, Oregon's warmwater fish offer anglers of all ages a variety of fishing opportunities.

What is a Warmwater Fish?

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 inhabit the lower elevation ponds, lakes, reservoirs and streams where warm spring and summer water temperatures allow them to reproduce successfully.

Why Fish for Them?

Fishing for warmwater fish is a fun, low-cost, family-oriented outdoor activity. A minimal amount of simple equipment is needed, and good opportunities can usually be found close to home. Warmwater fish can be easy to catch, making them ideal for kids and other beginning anglers. In addition, they are excellent table fare.

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The Warmwater Fishing in Oregon Brochures

The Warmwater Fishing in Oregon brochures are a joint effort of ODFW and its Warmwater Working Group, which includes ODFW Fish Biologists, members of the public, and representatives of the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club, Oregon BASS, and other warmwater angling clubs and organizations. The brochures highlight and promote the outstanding warmwater angling opportunities available throughout Oregon and give the beginning angler the information needed to have a safe, enjoyable and successful warmwater fishing experience.

These warmwater brochures are available at most ODFW offices, or by contacting ODFW at or by calling 503-947-6000 or 800-720-6339 (in state). For printable site information and maps for each area of the state, click on the map above, or on the name of the area listed at the bottom of this page.

How do I get started?

There are ten Warmwater Fishing in Oregon brochures that cover ten different areas of Oregon. Each has information about the species of warmwater fish available in that area, how to fish for them, and where and when to go. The area map and table lists good places to fish, the fish species present, and provides information on boat and bank access and amenities such as restrooms or nearby locations to purchase fishing licenses and tackle. One waterbody in each area is highlighted because of the quality of angling it offers. Beginning anglers can be successful using basic fishing tackle and the set-ups shown in the guide.



Warmwater Fishing Areas

The North Coast | The South Coast | The North Willamette | The South Willamette | Klamath Lake | Central | John Day / Umatilla | Northeast | Southeast | Southwest


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