Whether you tie a fly, use a favorite lure, or hook on worms and salmon eggs, fishing in Klamath County will blow your mind. Freshwater streams and lakes in and near Klamath Falls offer a huge range of experiences and fish. Sections of the Williamson, Klamath, Wood and Sprague Rivers, and lakes like Upper Klamath, Agency, Miller, Crescent and Odell are fantastic waters where anglers land rainbow, brook, and brown trout, bass, crappie, kokanee, mackinaw, and other fish. A fisherman could spend more than a week here and never fish the same water! Find a fishing guide here.
Upper Klamath Lake
Imagine the thrill of hooking a 26 lb. whopper of a trout! While this record may be hard to beat, it is not unusual to hook a 10, 12, or even 20 lb. trout. Upper Klamath Lake produces a sturdy, natural fish population due to the temperature swings from summer to harsh winters, high alkalinity, and huge algae blooms. The lake is full of nutrients, blue-green algae, and can produce trout 20 inches long in approximately four years. In addition to the more common rainbow trout, there have been German Brown’s and sturgeon. For a great place to stay or have a meal with a spectacular view, check out Rocky Point Resort. Located among Ponderosa Pines on the northern shore of Upper Klamath Lake, Rocky Point Resort offers comfortable accommodations in beautiful, quiet surroundings.
Lake of the Woods
Excellent fishing, scenery, and recreation! Lake of the Woods is located 34 miles west of Klamath Falls via Hwy 140. The lake is well known for its bounty of fish. Rainbow, Brown and Eastern Brook Trout, Yellow Perch, Kokanee (Salmon). Large mouth Bass, Catfish and Crawdads thrive in this prolific lake. Trolling is a favorite form of angling but fly- fishing also gets results. Ice fishing in the winter is also available.The Lake of the Woods Resort offers tackle and gear, restaurant and lodging amenities.
Fishing is Unforgettable at Odell Lake! Located in northern Klamath County, about a 2 hour drive from Klamath Falls. The lake is about 5 miles long and 1 ½ miles wide can be over 300′ in many places. Ideal habitat provides for abundant Kokanee Salmon, Mackinaw Lake Trout, and Native Rainbows. An ideal place for your family vacation. Check out all the amenities at Odell Lake Lodge & Resort. Peaceful, quiet. Summer or Winter.
Shelter Cover Resort
Open year round, Shelter Cove Resort is located on the west end of Odell Lake, off Highway 58. The resort offers 13 furnished, lake front cabins, 72 electric RV sites, a 130 boat slip marina, shower and laundry facilities, and a general store which, in addition to groceries, has a full espresso bar and a tackle department specialized just for fishing at Odell Lake.
Crescent Lake is just over 4,450 acres and up to 265 feet deep. Crescent Lake is located within the Crescent Ranger District, as well as the Deschutes National Forest. The area has many trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and areas for off-road vehibles. Fish species found in the lake include kokanee salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and mountain whitefish. Crescent Lake Resort offers 19 Cabins of all sizes for your comfort and pleasure. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner overlooking beautiful Crescent Lake on the patio and take advantage of the full bar on those balmy Summer evenings.
Miller Lake is located just 12 miles west of U.S. Highway 97 and Chemult, Oregon on Miller Lake Road (9772). The lake is stocked periodically with brown, brook, and rainbow trout and Kokanee Salmon, making it a favorite fishing spot in Klamath County. Miller Lake is special, in that one can fish 24 hours a day here. Camping is available at Digit Point Campground. The campground offers a full array of activities including camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and hiking. It’s a great access point to the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness Area for hikers as well.
Pronghorn Lake Ranch
This 150 acre private, secluded lake is full of trophy-sized trout and bass. Abundant wildlife for photographers and birders. Located just 40 miles east of Klamath Falls. Overnight sleeping quarters available.
Mike Tyrholm, 541.281-3030 www.pronghornlakeranch.com
You could be just a cast away from landing the biggest trophy-size trout of your lifetime! “The Williamson is considered by many to be the best trophy rainbow stream in the Western United States.” Michael Fong, Fly Fisherman.
Enjoy trolling the lower portion of the Williamson, or fly fishing on the famous upper portion of the river. Trophy, wild, redband, rainbow and brown trout are abundant in this crystal clear spring-fed river. Five pound trout are common and fish up to eighteen pounds have been reported. Professional fishing guides are advisable. Access points are available at Williamson River Campground, Collier State Park and downriver, near Chiloquin, OR.
Klamath County’s Wood River is a quiet step back in time. These slow, clear and cold spring waters hold large numbers of healthy resident brown and redband rainbow trout. The Wood River is ideal for dry fly fishing with its endless cut banks and grassy turns. All of this world class fishing rests in the shadow of Crater Lake’s glory. Fishing the Wood River is a must do while visiting the beautiful Klamath Basin.
The Wood River Day Use Area offers four picnic sites at 4,200 feet elevation. The area offers fully accessible trails, fishing platforms and restrooms, but bring your own drinking water. Picnicking, fishing and wildlife viewing are popular activities. There is no fee for use of the area and tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A federally designated wild and scenic River, the Klamath River cuts through steep canyons and offers some of the best dry fly action you may ever see. Trout fishing is an often overlooked sport on the Klamath, yet the local rainbow trout are occasionally larger than the steelhead. Local guides can help you find the big ones, regardless of the tackle you prefer.
A federally designated wild and scenic River, the Link River connects Klamath Lake to Lake Ewauna , a local favorite for fly fishing.