From tiny local ponds to rolling rivers, some of the best fishing spots in Oregon can be found in the Portland area. Portland’s prime fishing waters provide ample opportunities to catch bass, trout and a host of other game fish.
- Blue Lake Park – This quiet city park includes a 62-acre lake stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, catfish and crappie. A perfect spot to take kids fishing, the park has ample shore access, a wheelchair-accessible fishing dock and boat rentals during the summer months.
- Clackamas River – One of several prime trout, steelhead and salmon streams in the Portland area, the Clackamas River is a tributary of the larger Willamette River. Look for summer and winter runs of steelhead, along with chinook salmon in spring and coho in fall. Access points include Cross Memorial Park and Riverside Park.
- Multnomah Channel – This man-made channel connects the Willamette and Columbia rivers. In addition to the salmon and steelhead that find their way into Multnomah Channel during spawn seasons, anglers can also target year-round populations of yellow perch, smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish and the occasional giant sturgeon. Bank access is available on Suavie Island, and the channel’s quiet waters are perfect for canoes and kayaks.
- Henry Hagg Lake – About 40 minutes west of Portland, Henry Hagg Lake has some of the best fishing for smallmouth bass in Oregon, and has produced several state record smallies over the years. Henry Hagg Lake Park provides boat and shore access.
- Willamette River – Famous throughout the Northwest for its steelhead run, the Willamette River flows right through the heart of Portland, providing unparalleled summer and winter steelhead fishing in an urban setting, along with native trout and seasonal salmon runs in spring and fall. You can access the river at more than a dozen spots, including Wilamette Park and Mary S. Young Park.
Be sure to stop by a local bait shop or visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website to pick up a current Oregon fishing license before you visit any of these Portland fishing spots.