The Insider's Guide to
Crater Lake's Backyard
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Fishing

Catch of the Day

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Native redband

©Lonesome Duck

Gorgeous scenery, very few other people, no speed boats, big fish, and family fishing opportunities make Crater Lake’s Backyard a fisherman’s paradise.  You’ll find some of the best still water and river fishing anywhere on Upper Klamath Lake, Agency Lake, and the Wood and Williamson Rivers.

Great day of fishing on Agency Lake

Great day of fishing on Agency Lake

©CrystalWood Lodge

The area is famous for trophy redband trout, a type of rainbow, often weighing in at 8 pounds or more.  People come from all over the world to catch these big wild fish. As the lake warms up each summer, trout are drawn to the cooler waters of Pelican Bay and Agency Lake, the Williamson and Wood Rivers , and to the spring-fed marshy creek channels of the Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.

As summer progresses, feisty yellow perch move into the same creek channels and provide excitement for young and old.

Great day at Fish Lake

Great day at Fish Lake

©Fish Lake Resort

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

Fly fishing in the caldera

Fly fishing in the caldera

©Sun Pass Ranch B&B

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.[Food and Lodging] Make arrangements with Let’s Paddle (541 281-7775) or Agency Lake Resort for shuttle service.

Check our Guides & Outfitters page for knowledgeable locals to plan your perfect day and check our Be Prepared page for some safety tips.

Three generations of fishermen

Three generations of fishermen

©Fish Lake Resort

Pleased with his catch at CrystalWood Lodge

Pleased with his catch at CrystalWood Lodge

©CrystalWood Lodge