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Spots for Trout Fishing in the Willamette Valley

Trout Fishing

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about springtime in Oregon. From wildflowers to wine tasting, spring is the ideal time to visit the Willamette Valley. But one of the reasons our real estate agents always look forward to spring is the return of trout fishing season. 

Lakes, ponds, and rivers throughout the Willamette Valley are great places for anglers. The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife stocks trout in dozens of local waters—check out their weekly trout stocking schedule here—and stop by these local spots in Corvallis and the surrounding areas. 

  • Waverly Lake - Albany, OR 97321
    Waverly Lake is a popular stocked trout lake that draws a lot of anglers when it's stocked in springtime. It's accessible through Waverly Park, which provides ample parking and bank access. Non-powered craft like kayaks and canoes are permitted on this tiny 5-acre lake, and paddleboat rentals are available during the summer months. 

  • Marys River - Corvallis, OR 97333
    The Marys River offers a more wild trout fishing experience compared to many of the local stocked ponds, and while the fishing isn't always easy, it's one of the best places around to fly-fish. The Marys River meets the Willamette River in Corvallis and is accessible through Pioneer Park. However, there's better fishing for wild cutthroat trout farther up the river, above Philomath. The water is clearer and colder farther up, and there are several roadside pull-offs where you can fish near the communities of Harris and Wren. 

  • Timber-Linn Lake - Albany, OR 97322
    Similar to Waverly Lake, Timber-Linn Lake is a tiny lake in Albany and is accessible through Timber-Linn Memorial Park. The lake is stocked multiple times from late winter through spring. Timber-Linn Lake has walking paths along its shoreline and features a wheelchair-accessible fishing platform. 

  • EE Wilson Pond - Monmouth, OR 97361
    Located within the 1,788-acre EE Wilson Wildlife Area, EE Wilson Pond is a seasonal stocked fishing pond that is generously stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout every year. The lake is usually stocked as early as January and as late as May. Once the water warms up in summer, most of the trout will have been caught, but the lake's natural population of sunfish still offers fishing potential, especially for kids. 

  • Foster Reservoir - Sweet Home, OR 97386
    Spanning about 1,200 acres, Foster Reservoir is one of the largest lakes in the Willamette Valley area and one of the best year-round fishing destinations. Located about 45 minutes east of Corvallis, Foster Reservoir is stocked multiple times in both spring and fall, with around 40,000 rainbow trout being introduced most years. The lake is deep and cool enough that many fish survive over the winter and reach impressive sizes. Access to Foster Reservoir is available through several parks, including Lewis Creek County Park and Calkins Park County Boat Ramp

  • Walter Worth Lake - Salem, OR 97302
    Thousands of keeper-size rainbow trout are planted in Walter Worth Lake every spring, making this a great family fishing destination in the Willamette Valley. This 20-acre lake gets a few giant trophy-sized trout too, so keep a tight grip! The lake is located within Cascades Gateway Park in the city of Salem, which provides an accessible fishing dock and lots of open shoreline for bank fishing. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Willamette Valley! If you're looking for your dream home in Corvallis, Albany, and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

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