Wide open spaces, wild windy places, and extreme temperatures characterize Oregon’s largest, most remote fishing zone. Redband trout are native to its rivers and streams, including the Williamson, Malheur and Chewaucan. Brown and hatchery rainbow trout can grow to trophy-size in many of its lakes and reservoirs, many of which also feature crappie, yellow perch and bass.
Lakes and ponds: five fish per day, 8-inch minimum length, open all year
Rivers and streams: two fish per day, 8-inch minimum length, no limit on size or number of brook or brown trout, open all year
25 per day in addition to trout limits, 8-inch minimum length
Here anglers can target any one of four different kinds of trout:
Historically, crappie fishing in this zone has been some of the best in the state – the current state record fish for both black and white crappie came from this zone. However, years of drought have been tough on traditional crappie strongholds like the Warner Lakes, and Gerber and Owyhee reservoirs. However, a few good water years like the one in 2017 should help these fisheries rebound.
Warmwater fishing opportunities are abundant throughout the zone. Many waterbodies like Dog Lake and Lake of the Woods are beginner-friendly with a variety of warmwater species that are pretty easy to catch with a simple worm and bobber. On the other hand, Ana Reservoir is stocked with hybrid bass called wipers (cross between white and striped bass) that are hard to catch but reach prodigious sizes. The state record hybrid bass (19 pounds, 12 ounces) was caught in Ana in 2014.