Not enough time to go fishing? Think again—if you live in the Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Sisters or LaPine areas there are a number of great fishing spots just a short drive away. Make sure you read the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, and why not grab a friend or family member to go with you? The times and distances listed are from Drake Park in Bend.
1-2. CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR, Sunriver—39 mi., 70 min.
Redband rainbow trout, hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, kokanee
Spectacular views and excellent boat fishing for trout and bass. Opportunity to catch large rainbow and brook trout. Limited bank access. Boat rentals and other services available at Crane Prairie Resort (541) 383-3939.
1. Crane Prairie Campground
2. Rock Creek Campground: some bank fishing available.
3-4. WICKIUP RESERVOIR, LaPine—43 mi., 70 min.
Kokanee, brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass
Challenging fishing for abundant kokanee and for brown trout up to 20-inches. Best fished from a boat. Trophy largemouth bass.
3. Reservoir Campground
4. Wickiup Butte: access to some bank fishing near the dam. Camping nearby.
5-6. DAVIS LAKE, Crescent—55 mi., 90 min.
Rainbow trout, largemouth bass
A very productive lake with good populations of trout and bass. Fly-fishing only for both trout and bass.
5. Lava Flow Campground: unimproved boat launch.
6. East Davis Campground
7. SPARKS LAKE, Bend—25 mi., 36 min.
Cutthroat trout, brook trout
A large, shallow lake offering good fishing and stunning scenery. Great for a canoe or other small boat. Fly fishing only. Day use area.
8. DEVIL’S LAKE, Bend—28 mi. 42 min.
Rainbow trout, brook trout
A pretty little lake that’s great for families. Lots of bank access. Day use area. Hike-in tent camping only. A convenient boat launch device attached to one of the docks allows stable entry and exit for those using kayaks and canoes.
9. CULTUS LAKE, BIG, Sunriver—47 mi., 80 min.
Rainbow trout, lake trout
A large lake popular for fishing, boating and swimming. Several campgrounds nearby. Boat rentals and other services available at Cultus Lake Resort (541) 408-1560. Day use area.
10. CULTUS LAKE, LITTLE, Sunriver—49 mi., 85 min.
Rainbow trout, brook trout
Fishing for naturally reproducing rainbow and brook trout. Good bank access. Primitive camping only.
11. THREE CREEKS LAKE, Sisters—39 mi., 75 min.
Rainbow trout, brook trout
High alpine lake with good fishing all summer for both boat and bank anglers. Road opens mid-June or later. Boat rentals and other services available at Three Creeks Lake Resort (541) 873-2961.
12-13. HOSMER LAKE, Bend—36 mi., 57 min.
Brook trout, rainbow trout
Fly-fishing only with spectacular view of Mt. Bachelor. Little bank access; great for float tubes, pontoon boats and canoes.
12. Mallard Marsh Campground
13. Hosmer Lake Boat Launch
14. ELK LAKE, Bend—32 mi., 50 min.
Brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout
Fishing for naturally reproducing brook trout and kokanee. Also popular for sailing, wind surfing and swimming. Boat rentals and other services available at Elk Lake Resort (541) 480-7378. Beach Day Use Area: Camping nearby.
What you need:
- A fishing license if you are older than 12
- A fishing rod, tackle, lures
- A copy of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations
- Licenses and regulations are available at license agents and online.
15. LAVA LAKE, BIG, Bend—39 mi., 60 min.
Great views of Mt. Bachelor and South Sister. Superb trout fishing. Boat rentals and other services available at Lava Lake Lodge (541) 382-9443. Lava Lake Campground.
16. LAVA LAKE, LITTLE, Bend—39 mi., 60 min.
Rainbow trout, brook trout
Headwaters of the Deschutes River. Good lake for float tube or small boat.
17-18. EAST LAKE, La Pine—42 mi., 75 min.
Rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee
Large, deep lake located in Newberry Volcanic National Monument. Popular with fly fishers, best fishing is from a boat, pontoon or float tube. Road usually opens in early June. Boat rentals and other services available at East Lake Resort (541) 536-2230.
17. East Lake Boating Site: Camping nearby.
18. Hot Springs Boating Site: Camping nearby.
19-20. PAULINA LAKE, LaPine—37 mi., 65 min.
Brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee
Also located in Newberry Volcanic National Monument, Paulina is managed for trophy brown trout. Great scenery and camping. Road usually opens in early June. Boat rentals and other services available at Paulina Lake Lodge (541) 536-2240.
19. Paulina Lake Day Use Area
20. Little Crater Boating Site: Camping nearby.
21. TWIN LAKE, South, LaPine—40 mi., 70 min.
Perfect for the family with lots of bank fishing. Regularly stocked with trout. Boat rentals and other services available at Twin Lakes Resort (541) 382-6432. Day Use Area: Camping nearby.
22. TWIN LAKE, North, LaPine—40 mi., 70 min.
Good-sized lake stocked with trout. Open year-round. North Twin Lake Campground
23-24. SUTTLE LAKE, Sisters—36 mi., 45 min.
Kokanee, brown trout
Good early season fishing for kokanee and brown trout. Bank access from trail encircling lake. Boat rentals and other services available at the Lodge at Suttle Lake (541) 595-2628
23. Cinder Beach Day Use Area
24. Suttle Lake Day Use Area: Camping nearby.
25-28. LAKE BILLY CHINOOK, Culver—46 mi., 75 min.
Rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, bull trout, smallmouth bass
The only place in Oregon where you can keep a bull trout. Large 3,900-acre reservoir popular for fishing, boating and waterskiing. Boat rentals and other services available at Cove Palisades Resort and Marina (541) 546-9999.
25. Crooked River Day Use Area, Cove Palisades State Park: Camping nearby.
26. Upper Deschutes Day Use Area, Cove Palisades SP: Camping nearby.
27. Lower Deschutes Day Use Area, Cove Palisades SP: Camping nearby.
28. Perry South Campground: Tribal fishing permit required.
29. LAKE SIMTUSTUS, Madras—53 mi., 80 min.
Rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass
A reservoir of the Deschutes River with good boat fishing. Tribal fishing permit required. Services also available at Pelton Park Store and Marina (541) 475-0516.
30-31. HAYSTACK RESERVOIR, Culver—36 mi., 55 min.
Rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegill
Small, popular reservoir with nearly year-round fishing. Good bank access.
30. Haystack Reservoir Day Use Area: Camping nearby.
31. West Shore Day Use Area: Camping nearby.
32-33. PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR, Prineville—56 mi., 85 min.
Rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, brown bullhead
Large desert reservoir popular for boating, camping and water skiing. Good bank fishing at state park. Boat rentals and other services are available at Prineville Reservoir Resort (541) 447-7468.
32. State Park Day Use Area
33. Jasper Point Day Use Area: Camping nearby.
34. OCHOCO RESERVOIR, Prineville—43 mi., 60 min.
Rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass, brown bullhead
Good trout fishing just five minutes from Prineville. Good bank and boat fishing. Ochoco Lake Park: Camping nearby.
35. CROOKED RIVER, Prineville—48 mi., 65 min.
Redband trout, mountain whitefish
One of the most productive trout streams in Central Oregon. Best fishing is from Castle Rock Campground upriver to Bowman Dam. Numerous pullouts and several BLM campsites along this stretch.
36-40. DESCHUTES RIVER, Bend
Redband trout, brown trout
From its source at Little Lava Lake 133 miles downstream to Lake Billy Chinook, the Deschutes River has excellent year-round trout fishing. There are several access points for both boat and bank fishing.
36. Cow Meadow Campground, Bend—46 mi., 75 min.
37. Sheep Bridge Campground, Bend—39 mi., 70 min.
38. Tumalo State Park, Bend—7 mi., 15 min.
39. Benham Falls Day Use Area, Bend—16 mi., 28 min.
Best fishing is downstream of falls.
40. Tetherow Crossing, Redmond—21 mi., 40 min.
41. METOLIUS RIVER, Camp Sherman—43 mi., 65 min.
Redband trout, bull trout
The Wizard Falls Hatchery is a great jumping in point to explore the river—famous for its beauty, year-round insect hatches and challenging fly-fishing. Several other access points at various pullouts and campgrounds. Special gear restrictions apply—be sure to check current regulations.
42. FALL RIVER, Sunriver—27 mi., 45 min.
Redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout
Beautiful stream-fed river with crystal clear water. Regularly stocked with trout near Fall River Hatchery; foot trail from the hatchery provides access to several miles of river. Fly fishing only. Camping nearby.
43. CONFLUENCE OF DESCHUTES AND FALL RIVERS, LaPine—28 mi., 45 min.
Redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, brown trout
LaPine State Park offers good bank access to the upper Deschutes and Fall rivers.
44. OCHOCO CREEK, Prineville—36 mi., 55 min.
Good fishing for small native trout right in the heart of Prineville. Access from a 10-mile bike path.
45. TUMALO CREEK, Bend—13 mi., 35 min.
Popular trout stream close to Bend. Additional access from roads that follow and cross the creek. Tumalo State Park.
46-50. Five great places for kids
These five fishing holes are all close to a town, stocked regularly with trout, and have good bank access.
46. Shevlin Pond, Bend—4 mi., 15 min.
47. Bend Pine Nursery Pond, Bend—5 mi., 10 min.
48. Fireman’s Pond, Redmond—17 mi., 25 min.
49. Prineville Youth Pond, Prineville—36 mi., 50 min.
50. Jefferson County Pond, Madras—43 mi., 60 min.
There are several great places to fish just a little more than 90 minutes from Bend.
If you prefer getting away from the crowds, there are several nearby hike-in lakes that offer calm, quiet and good fishing. The following all are just a short hike away from the road:
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Header photo by Rick Swart
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