Oregon’s lakes are home to brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout, and landlocked versions of the sockeye salmon, known as kokanee. Mountain white fish, bluegill, black crappie and catfish are additional Oregon lake species. Some lakes also provide homes for green sunfish, hybrid and large-mouth bass, walleye and yellow perch.
Although fisherman can find five species of salmon in the Pacific waters off the coastline, the sockeye is the only landlocked species and is found in Oregon’s mountain lakes. Some Cascade lakes in Oregon stock Atlantic salmon, managing them as trout.
Trout and steelhead species, including the brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout, are abundant in Oregon lakes. Fishermen in Wickiup Reservoir, Suttle Lake and East Lake often catch brown trout weighing 8 pounds or more. Lakes throughout the Wallowa Mountains are home to an abundant population of cutthroat trout.
Both channel catfish and brown bullhead catfish are abundant in Oregon’s lakes. The yellow bullhead catfish also thrives in the Willamette basin. Lake management introduced hybrid bass into Tenmile Lakes on Oregon’s southern coast, while large-mouth bass are abundant in lakes and ponds throughout the state, preferring areas where brush and submerged logs provide cover.
White crappie, warmouth sunfish, redear sunfish and green sunfish are also found in Oregon lakes.