Number of Fish Species (fresh): 108
Number of Fish Species (salt): 493
State Sportfish: Chinook (King) Salmon
Notable Records: an 83lb chinook from Umpqua River, a 4lb 12oz. white crappie from Gerber Reservoir, a 9lb 10oz. kokanee from Wallowa Lake, a 2lb 5oz. bluegill from a farm pond
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Quickcast: Oregon freshwater fishing is all about salmon, trout and sturgeon. Of course there’s plenty of bass, crappie and catfish to be had in the “warm water” fishery, too. In the Northwest one will find the Clackamas River which is host to runs of summer and winter steelhead, coho, chinook and sea-run cutthroat trout. Bordering the state to the north is the Columbia River. This well-known river brings in fishermen for king salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and kokanee. In the Northeast of the state is the Powder river which is a great place to chase rainbows and drains into the Snake River. The Snake brings anglers in for channel cats, crappie, trout species, bass species like smallmouth, sturgeon, and chinook. In the middle of the state is the Crooked River which is a great river for trout as is the Deschutes River in the same region. The Deschutes is a very scenic, rustic river that produces some very quality rainbows and brown trout. Heading south one will find the famous Crater Lake that hosts kokanee and rainbows whereas the nearby Upper Klamath Lake produces brook and brown trout along with nice rainbows. Lastly, to the far East one will find the Owyhee River which is fed partially by Lake Owyhee. This river is a considered some of the best fly fishing in the U.S. and produces some trophy browns.
Offshore Oregon is a different story with a suite of different fish species. There’s definitely a lot of rocky bottom offshore making for quite a bit of habitat for bottom fish. Bottom fishing offshore Oregon will include rockfish, cabezon and lingcod. Of course there’s always the lure of hooking into a giant Pacific halibut. These fish can easily top 100 pounds and make for some great tasting fillets. Also targeted offshore are the state fish, the chinook salmon. These fun-to-catch fish can get over 80 pounds!