Places To Fish

Let’s Go Fishing?

NKC would like to thank all the Fisherman and Fisherwomen  for sending us your Fishing Reports. Your reports help so many people in planing their next fishing trip.

Thanks to all the followers of NKC Fishing Reports. We look forward to hearing from you this year. If you have any fishing reports, please send them to us using the contact form on our Contact page.

Check the ODFW site to find the body of water you will be visiting.

Here are some of the more popular lakes to fish in and near North Klamath County

Anna Res:

Many anglers target hybrid bass January to March using crankbaits (e.g. Rapala’s) from the shore, but these fish can be caught anytime during the year. Anglers using boats can troll crankbaits or jig for hybrid bass. Bait, lures, flies, or trolling will be productive for trout.

Fish species: hybrid (white/striped) bass, rainbow trout, chub.

Crescent Lake *


(No Stocking Schedule)

Crescent Lake should be good for the Mackinaw fisherman this Summer.

Open year-around, this large, deep lake produces Lake Trout (Mackinaw) ranging from 5 to 20+ pounds. Crescent Lake also has a good kokanee fishery, producing fish in the 12″-13″ range. The lake is regularly stocked with brown and rainbow trout.

Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Lake Trout (Mackinaw), kokanee.

Crane Prairie Res


Crane Prairie offers fair to good largemouth bass fishing opportunities, which improve as water temperature increase. These fish typically range from 2-7 pounds. Large numbers of brook trout are available, with the best fishing early and late in the season. Fish for brook trout at dawn and dusk with flies, lures and bait. Anglers after bigger brook trout should cast their fly, lure or bait close to cover such as submerged logs or undercut banks.

Fish species: rainbow trout, brook trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, crappie.

Diamond Lake

(Fingerling Stocking Only – No Legal, Larger or Trophies)

Though Diamond Lake is not really in or near our area, we added it due to the popularity of the lake. Even though it is a bit far from NKC we all still love fishing there.

Diamond Lake is a 2,824-acre lake within the Umpqua National Forest in southern Oregon, just north of Crater Lake National Park in Douglas County. This lake is one of the most popular recreational fisheries in southern Oregon. Fishing is done both from boats and from the bank. There are five paved boat ramps, three U.S. Forest Service campgrounds and a privately owned resort around Diamond Lake. Carryover fishing is your only hope for Larger or Trophy fish. The fish in Diamond Lake grow at an accelerated rate due to the abundance of food in the lake. You can expect the fingerlings stocked last year to all be keepers next spring. Tip, throw back the young ones (8 & 9 inchers) and let them grow a couple of years. If you wait two years, the next time you catch them they’ll be 13 or 14 inches or larger.

Fish species: Rainbow Trout.

Haystack Res *


Haystack Reservoir is open year-round supports a diverse fish population. Legal-sized rainbow trout are stocked in mid-April. Moderate numbers of large brown trout and kokanee are also present, as are several species of warm water fish

Fish species: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, crappie, large mouth bass, brown bullhead.


Miller Lake *

This lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout but is better known as one of the best brown trout fisheries in Oregon. Brown trout are stocked at 6 inches. Some natural production occurs in the tributaries of the lake. Browns are generally caught by trolling in the deeper water or fishing along the shoreline in the evening. Brown trout fishing is best in November near Evening Creek or near the outlet at Miller Creek. Kokanee are also available but typically are less than eight inches in length and very rare in the catch. When the temperatures warm up go deep for the Browns.

Fish species: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, Miller Lake lamprey.

(Miller Lake lamprey were reintroduced into Miller Lake in 2010. ODFW would appreciate any reports of lamprey on fish or circular wounds that might be attributed to lamprey paratism.)

North Twin *

This is a 130-acre lake located within the Deschutes National Forest about 45 miles southwest of Bend, Oregon. Open year round, it provides a fishery for 9 to 11-inch rainbow trout. It is a great family setting and provides good shelter from the wind. The lake offers good boat fishing, although use of motors is prohibited.

Fish species: rainbow trout

South Twin *

Most anglers’ fish from boats and use bait. Depths of 15 to 30 feet are the best producers. Trolling slowly with a flasher and apiece of worm or egg or with a very small lure are productive methods throughout the season. Still fishing with eggs, worms, and a marshmallow or power bait far enough off the bottom to stay out of the weeds is also a popular method.

Fish species: rainbow trout.

Paulina & East Lake

East Lake is known for producing brown trout over 10 pounds. Anglers also like to target rainbow trout. It is a popular fly angling destination.

Fish species: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee.

Wickiup Reservoir


(No Stocking)

One of Oregon’s largest and most productive fisheries, offering self-sustaining populations of kokanee, brown trout, and rainbow trout. Both kokanee (up to 20 inches) and brown trout (up to 15 pounds) grow quite large here.

Fish species: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, whitefish, large mouth bass.

Google-Based Map of High Desert Region stocking locations.
( This is a great Google Map of all the Central Oregon Stocking Locations, but, don’t expect to see any stocking schedules.)



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