Oregon’s rich natural environment provides fishing habitats in all regions of the state. These fishing habitats support a diverse population of fish species providing opportunities for serious angler to a novice just looking for a fun activity. Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon, Trout, Small Mouth Bass, Blue Gill all run freely in the ocean, lakes, rivers and streams found in the beautiful state of Oregon. Please remember to give back to these environments by keeping them clean, respecting laws and regulations and contributing to your local fish and wildlife department. Come see why we love fishing in Oregon.
Some of Oregon’s Best Fishing Waters
Make sure to visit the Fish Division of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website for fishing resources, fish counts, and fishing regulations.
Crater Lake is located in the Umpqua National Forest, 84 miles Northeast of Medford, Oregon. Crater Lake offers majestic views, over 90 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, a visitor center, lodging and more. In the winter, Crater Lake offers cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.
The short video takes you on a tour of Crater Lake, and a few of the surrounding sites to see in the beautiful National Park.
Wizard Island, Crater Lake - Lookouts along Crater Lake provide breathtaking views of the lake. Wizard Island is a volcanic cinder cone which reaches over 750 feet above the surface of the lake. In the summer boat tours are available to the island providing a unique hiking experience.
East Rim Drive - In late spring or early summery, the East Rim Drive opens up providing access to turnouts, picnic areas, two waterfalls, the pinnacles, and plenty of hiking trails.
Picnic Table at Crater Lake - In the summer Crater Lake provides the perfect place for a picnic. Picnic tables can be found in nearly every corner or turnout along the rim drive. Pick of a visitor guide when entering the park for locations.
The Pinnacles are a unique geological feature that can be found on the east side of the lake. From east rim drive take Pinnacles Rd about four miles to a beautiful lookout. A short hike is available taking you along the canyon rim for an even better view of the Pinnacles.
Plaikni Falls Trail is a perfect hike for those looking to get out in nature a visit the beautiful Plaikni Falls. The 2.5 mile trail is well developed and great for all ages.
The view south of Crater Lake - Crater lake isn’t the only breathtaking view in the National Park. Crater Lake offers beautiful views around every turn of the rim drive.
Crater Lake Visitor Center - Spend some time at the Crater Lake Visitor Center and learn about how this beautiful natural attraction was formed. Rangers, exhibits and a spectacular lookout make this area a must stop on your journey around Crater Lake National Park.
For the weekend we planned to drive down to Elkton Oregon for an exciting day of small mouth bass fishing on the Umpqua River. With our fishing poles, tackle box, worms and snacks in the car we were ready for the morning drive.
The Umpqua River provides year round fishing; however, the later summer months really heat up and provide the best opportunity. Fishing can be done from the large flat rocks that line the banks or can be floated to hit the best pockets that aren’t as heavily fished. While fishing on the Umpqua be sure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the wildlife.
Our trip was short but we enjoyed landing more fish than we could keep track of. The weather was perfect and the steady breeze along the river kept us cool while sitting in the summer sun.
Directions: From Eugene, Elkton is about an hour drive. Head south on I-5 to highway 38 and continue east to Elkton. Take a left on highway 138 and head south. Turn right onto Bullock Rd for river access.