Catch of the Day

Gorgeous scenery, very few other people, big fish, and family fishing opportunities—it’s a fisherman’s paradise with some of the best still water and river fishing anywhere.

People come from all over the world to catch big wild redband trout in the cool waters of Pelican Bay and Agency Lake, the Williamson and Wood Rivers, and in the spring-fed marshy creek channels of the Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.

Fourmile Lake, Lake of the Woods, Fish Lake, and the wilderness lakes also offer excellent fishing opportunities.

Or, fish the caldera at Crater Lake National Park.  It’s a long walk down and back, but a spectacular bucket list fishing destination for many.  Contact the Park for current fishing regulations. (541) 594-3100.

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. Make shuttle arrangements with Sportsman’s River Retreat , Sky Lake’s Wilderness Rentals, or Agency Lake Resort.

Check our Guides & Outfitters page for knowledgeable locals to plan your perfect day and our Be Prepared page for some safety tips.  Visit caughtovgard.com, a local reporter and fisherman’s blog, for great local fishing tips.

Fishing at a Glance

LOCATION

Trout

Other Fish

Redband Brook German Brown Yellow Perch
Pelican Bay X
Recreation and Crystal Creeks1 X X
Seven Mile, Rock, & Cherry Creeks X X
Wood River2, 6 X X X
Crooked Creek2, 6 X X X
Williamson River & Spring Creek2, 6 X X X
Sprague River3, 6 X X X
Agency Lake X X
Eagle Ridge4 X
Fourmile Lake 7 X X
Lake of the Woods5 X X X
Fish Lake & hike-in lakes 8

KEY
1 And perch in the fall
2 Special regulations
3 And large-mouth bass
4 Best winter thru spring
5 And kokenee, bass, crappie, catfish
6 And brook trout at headwater springs
7 And mackinaw
8 Rainbow

Redband Trout at Lonesome Duck

Sprague River young fisherman

Good Fishing near Rocky Point

Fish Lake

Kayakers, canoeists, & SUPers could spend a lifetime exploring 15,000 acres of waterways.

Great Paddles

Wow…mountain and marsh views, wildlife, and enforced  speed limits that protect wildlife and those using non- motorized crafts!  Nearly 350 species of birds nest here or migrate through. Otter, mink, and beaver emerge along the sheltered marsh channels that follow ancient Indian travel routes.

On and near the Upper Klamath Lake Canoe Trail

The Canoe Trail

Put in and take out: Malone Springs and/or Rocky Point boat launch.
9.5 miles one way, 4-5 hours round trip.

Features: Miles of easy trails through tules and wocus, with water and shore birds, and mountain views.

Maps are posted at the 2 main entry points, Malone Springs and the Rocky Point Launch, or pick up the Canoe Trail map/brochure at Rocky Point Resort, Harriman Springs Resort, or CrystalWood Lodge.

North from Malone Springs

Put in, take out & paddle time:  Malone springs
Continue north from the Canoe Trail to Crystal Springs/CrystalWood Lodge and back. 3 miles, 2-3 hours round trip.

Features:  Peaceful and more remote, with fewer visitors and only the occasional shoreline home.

South of Rocky Point Boat Launch

Put in, take out, & paddle time:  Rocky Point Boat Launch.  Follow the shoreline 1/2 mile and take Harriman Creek where it enters from the right. Continue almost 1/2 mile to springs bubbling out of the rocky shoreline in front of Harriman Springs Resort.  1 mile, 1-2 hours round trip.

Features:  Dark brown colonial algae grow in the crystal clear water and big trout glide by.

Pelican Cut

Put in, take out & paddle time: 1-2 hrs. Head south on Rocky Point Road toward Hwy 140, continue straight on gravel when the paved road takes a sharp right to the Hwy.  In a few yards, take the only left and go less than 1/4 mile to public parking and easy launch.  1-2 hrs.

Paddle time: 

Features: An old mile-long channel to the lake for floating logs.  Very shady and peaceful with spectacular views of Mt. McLoughlin and lots of bird life.

Odessa Creek

Put in, take out & paddle time:  Odessa Campground, Hwy 140 West milepost ___, onto USFS Rd 3639.  0.5 hrs – 2 hours.

Features: Abundant water and shore birds with few other paddlers along the shady creek which exits into Upper Klamath Lake.  Large steamboats made Sunday excursions from Klamath Falls to Odessa in the early 1900s, tying up nearby.

North and east sides of Upper Klamath Lake

Wood River Headwaters

Put in: Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site

Take out:  Wood River Day Use Area.  Off Sun Mountain Rd.
Paddle time:  0.5 – 1 hrs in the pools or 3.5-4 hrs to Wood River Picnic Area.
Features: “Paddling in the sky” is how a float of the spring-fed Wood River headwaters is often described.  Explore several acres of connected crystal clear turquoise pools at this special place. Because of strong currents, only attempt the float to the Wood River Picnic Area if you are an experienced paddler.

Wood River Mouth

Put in, take out & paddle time:  Woodriver Wetlands parking area. 0.5 hrs – 2 hrs.

Features: Nearby fields support a large variety of water and shore birds at the mouth of the Wood River. Panoramic views of the peaks surrounding Crater Lake, Pelican Butte, two wilderness areas, and even the glimmering peak of Mt. Shasta. Be aware of the Wood River’s strong current which makes any upstream paddling challenging.

Williamson River

Put in:  Klamath County Park on S. Chiloquin Rd., 200 yds. east of Hwy 97.

Take out:  Williamson River Resort.

Paddle time:  4 hrs for gentle 5 mile drift

Hwy 140 toward Klamath Falls

Eagle Ridge

Put in, take out & paddle time: Eagle Ridge County Park, Hwy 140. 0.5 – 2 hrs.

Features:  Open lake views and marshy shoreline with birds and wildlife.

Paddle time:  0.5 – 2 hrs

Tips and Advice for Paddlers

There’s less wind in the morning when wildlife and birds are the most active. Windy afternoons are common and make paddling difficult.

Canoes are included with room rent at Dearing Cabin, Crater Lake ResortLonesome Duck, while CrystalWood Lodge rents canoes to guests. Rocky Point ResortAgency Lake ResortFish Lake Resort, and Lake of the Woods Resort rent canoes, kayaks, and/or boats to day visitors and guests.  Sky Lakes Wilderness Rentals, (541) 591-0949, has single and double kayaks, mountain bikes, and shuttle service. ROE! Real Oregon Experience offers kayak tours and rents kayaks and SUPs.  The Ledge in Klamath Falls rents kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards.https://skylakeswild.com/

Shuttle service is available at Agency Lake Resort, Sportsman’s River Retreat, and Sky Lakes Wilderness Rentals (541) 591-0949 .  Some resorts charge for launch & take-out.

Check our Be Prepared page for some safety tips.

Spring Creek

Crystal Creek, north of Canoe Trail

Pelican Cut

Quiet autumn paddle

North of Canoe Trail

Malone Springs

Two SUP friends near Rocky Point