From the temperate rain forest rivers of the Coast Range to spring-fed creeks of the sunny "east side," from huge deep reservoirs of arid basins, to glistening alpine lakes in the Cascades - Fish Southern Oregon.

Find mint-bright Chinook, pole-bending Sturgeon, or leaping Rainbows in spectacular surroundings.

Fish Southern Oregon for the angling experience of a lifetime.

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Oregon's Outback

The Fremont-Winema National Forests in Southern Oregon have 2.3 million acres to explore. Heavy timber in the western portion give way to the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range and Crater Lake National Park, then stretching east into the Klamath River Basin, where the forest opens to the enormous marshes and meadows of Upper Klamath Lake and the Williamson River.

Gorgeous scenery, big fish and family fishing opportunities make this an angler’s paradise. 

Upper Klamath Lake is famous for trophy redband trout, a type of rainbow, often weighing in at 8 pounds or more. As the lake warms up each summer, trout are drawn to the cooler waters of Pelican Bay and Agency Lake, the Williamson and Wood River , and to the spring-fed marshy creek channels of the Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. As summer progresses, feisty yellow perch move into the same creek channels and provide excitement for young and old.  The mountain lakes such as Fourmile, Lake of the Woods, Fish Lake, and the wilderness lakes also offer excellent fishing opportunities. Resorts on the lakes and rivers offer great advice on what you might catch when, and many rent boats or offer fishing from the bank for free or a small fee. 

The far eastern portion offers expansive views, dramatic cliffs and solitude - the area known as Oregon's Outback. World-class recreation, thanks to the diverse habitats, make wildlife viewing and fishing a magnificent experience. Big game, such as mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, and pronghorn antelope, all populate the forests. Several varieties of trout inhabit lakes and streams as well as warm water fish, such as large mouth bass. In the spring and fall, migrating geese, ducks and swans are in abundance. Large predators, such as black bears, mountain lions, and bobcats, also live in the forests.

The Winema National Forest provides an endless number of fishing opportunities for the experienced and beginning angler. Beautiful rivers and streams, high elevation lakes, reservoirs and small ponds offer just about every setting one could ask for to relax and fish, or just enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Rogue River
Pursue the legendary Northwest salmon and steelhead, several species of trout or a variety of warm water fish in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The Rogue River is the area's crown jewel of fishery resources, heralded by sport anglers since the late 1800s.

This famous river cuts through the heart of both National Forests and is the region's main fishery. However, more than 2,000 miles of fish-bearing streams are found on the two forests, and many of these are open to fishing.

Five nationally protected Wild and Scenic Rivers (including the Rogue, Illinois, Chetco, and Elk) are found in the forest, providing pristine environments and spectacular scenery for anglers to enjoy while pursuing their quarry. In addition, the forest contains two large lakes, several smaller drive-in lakes, and an abundance of high-elevation hike-in lakes, including many within federally-protected Wilderness Areas.

Anglers can stalk native rainbow and cutthroat trout in numerous streams and lakes. Non-native brook and brown trout have also been introduced into some of the water bodies in the forest. Black bass and sunfish exist; the largest and most popular is Applegate Lake.

The most desired and revered fishes of the Rogue basin, however, are native anadromous salmonids including spring and fall chinook salmon, coho salmon, and summer and winter steelhead. Other National Forest streams outside the Rogue basin, such as the Chetco, Elk, Winchuck and South Fork Coquille rivers, also possess substantial winter steelhead and/or salmon runs.

Rogue River steelhead alone provide an outstanding fishery resource with thousands of fish entering the lower Rogue River canyon every year. In late summer and fall, hordes of immature steelhead known as "half-pounders" return to the lower Rogue River on a false spawning run. Fishing for these fierce-fighting native steelhead in a remote wilderness setting filled with abundant wildlife can be the angling experience of a lifetime.

South Coast
The Siuslaw National Forest provides an endless number of fishing opportunities for the experienced and beginning angler. Beautiful rivers and streams, high elevation lakes, reservoirs and small ponds offer just about every setting one could ask for to relax and fish, or just enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Recreational fishing is everywhere - in rivers, streams, lakes and (of course) the Pacific Ocean. Catch salmon, steelhead and trout as well as a variety of warm water species. Estuaries and off-shore species including salmon, crab, mussels and a vast array of rock fish are also available.

The ocean and rivers offer a variety of seafood, such as Chinook and Coho salmon, bottom fish, striped and small mouth bass, steelhead. sturgeon, shad, pink fin perch, Dungeness crab, clams and oysters. Designated a national Wild and Scenic River, the Chetco (along with the Pistol, Rogue, Elk and Sixes Rivers to the north) offers the fishing enthusiast fantastic catches of salmon in the fall, steelhead in winter, and trout in spring and summer.

Umpqua River Region
The diverse streams, rivers and lakes of the Umpqua National Forest support dozens of species of fish, predominately native coldwater fish species, such as Pacific Salmon, Trout and Char, as well as warm water fish, largely introduced from Midwest and Eastern states.

Salmon and Steelhead of the Umpqua National Forest are world renowned. Known for their indomitable urge to swim upstream to spawn, these fish are truly a marvel of nature. Salmon and Steelhead also have great cultural importance to Native American tribes throughout the Northwest. Chinook, Coho, Chum, Pink, and Sockeye are the five species of Pacific Salmon that inhabit many of the Pacific Northwest National Forests. However, only Spring- and Fall-run chinook salmon, coho salmon, and Summer- and Winter-run steelhead inhabit the Umpqua National Forest.

Rainbow Trout (Types: Redband), Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Types: Westslope, Lahontan and Sea-Run), Brook Trout, Dolly Varden, and Brown Trout are the primary Pacific Northwest coldwater fish. Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout, Dolly Varden, and Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout are fish that are native to Oregon and Washington, while the other species have been introduced to the region.

The Umpqua National Forest has sea run and resident cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout (char) and kokanee. Each year thousands of anglers test their skills attempting to catch these fish.