Oregon Warm Water Fishing
By Jai Colvin
Warm Water fishing…as much as we love fishing trout and steelhead, many anglers will tell you there ain’t nothing like it. Sitting back on the bank of a lake or river somewhere, towing in a 6-inch bluegill or a trophy-size largemouth…you can’t go wrong. Oregon offers up some of the best warm water fishing to anglers, and I promise that you will have loads of fun landing these critters.
Warm water fishing includes the opportunity to catch;
- Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, hybrid bass
- Green and redear sunfish
- black and white crappie
- Channel catfish, bullheads
- Yellow and sacramento perch
- Also, walleye, bluegill, warmouth, and pumpkinseed
None of these fish are native to Oregon with the exception of the Sacramento perch, but they’ve been here since the late in the 19th century so as far as we are concerned, they are local now. These fish live in the lower elevation ponds, lakes, reservoirs and streams where we enjoy a warm summer. Anglers of all ages come to these local waters because catching these fish can be fun and they are, let’s be honest, good eatin’.
Fishing for warm water fish can be a family-oriented outdoor activity. There are many parks near the lakes and rivers in Oregon that offer warm water catches. Fishermen need a simple rig and it doesn’t take a veteran sportsman to land these fish. The ease of catching warm water fish makes them a great way to introduce the kids to fishing. Many beginning anglers start off with warm water fishing because it is easy and is a chance to really test your basic skills before attempting to land something big like our local salmon.
Some of the more popular warm water fishing spots in Oregon are;
Cullaby Lake is located just off Highway 101 on the northern Oregon coast between Astoria and Seaside. Cullaby is a long and narrow 220 acre lake that offers a good warm water fishing opportunity for local and vacationing anglers. You will catch crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, brown bullhead catfish, and an abundance of nice-sized largemouth bass.
Tenmile Lakes – North and South Tenmile Lake provide some of the best warm water angling on the Oregon coast. These lakes are located on the east side of Highway 101, mid-way between Reedsport and Coos Bay. These two combined lakes offer approximately 2,000 acres of water in which to catch largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and brown bullhead catfish.
Henry Hagg Lake
Henry Hagg Lake is a local legend for warm water fishing. This lake is located less than 30 miles west of Portland near the city of Forest Grove. The “Hagg” is probably the best bet for catching record setting smallmouth bass and brown bullhead near Oregon’s largest urban area. Anglers will also find largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and yellow perch as well as native cutthroat trout and rainbow trout.