Where to Fish near Hood River
On the Columbia, anglers seek famously huge sturgeon, as well as trophy walleye, bass, trout, catfish, steelhead and panfish. Guides and outfitters offer half-day, full-day, multi-day guided tours (see below).
In the city of Hood River, anglers can fish from the bank under the Hood River bridge, at the jetty out to The Hook, and at the west end of Koberg Beach, just a few miles east of Hood River. Be mindful that fishing is not authorized at the Marina, Event Site or Waterfront Park where posted. In Cascade Locks, the Historical Locks in Marine Park is a good spot to drop a line.
Deschutes River (The lower 100 miles that flow into the Columbia)
The Lower Deschutes is likely Oregon’s most well known and most sought after spot to fly fish for both Wild Trout and Steelhead. With trout populations running over 3500 trout per mile, it offers some of the finest trout fishing opportunities in the state. Add in an excellent yearly return of summer steelhead and it is hard to argue that the Lower Deschutes is not only one of Oregon’s finest rivers, but also one of the greatest rivers in the West.
“The Hood” offers spring Chinook salmon and both summer and winter-run steelhead. Anglers can access Hood River at various locations along Highway 35.
This picture-perfect lake, located on Mount Hood, is stocked with rainbow trout March through May, and larger trout are stocked mid-June. There are many places to bank fish by following the trail around the lake. (Fishing is not allowed off the main dock, boat rental area or lakeside camping spots.)
Klickitat River, Washington
Known for its summer steelhead and for fall Chinook salmon, the Klickitat is a stunning place to fish. The Klickitat is also known for its spectacular, vivid scenery and abundant wildlife that roam the hillsides and banks of the river. (The Klickitat also has some specific regulations, and is closed to salmon, steelhead, and trout fishing from December 1st– May 31st)
White Salmon River, Washington
Fishing for summer-run steelhead, salmon and trout is very popular at the mouth of this river. Bank fishing can be crowded during August – September. There are seasonal closures dependent on fish species.
John Day River
The John Day has one of the last all-wild runs of anadromous fish (fish migrating from salt water to spawn in fresh water) east of the Cascade Mountains. The John Day River also offers some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the country.|
Boat Ramps for the Columbia Near Hood River
Port of Hood River public boat launch – E Port Marina Drive, Hood River, OR 97031
Port of Klickitat, Marina Park – 1051 E Marina Way
Port of Cascade locks Marine Park, West end of Parking lot – 427 SW Portage Rd, Cascade Locks, OR 97014
Mayer State Park – Exit 76 off I-84
Port of The Dalles Marina – 3663 Klindt Dr. The Dalles, Or 97058
Dalton Point – Only accessible from I-84 Westbound, Exit #29
Rooster Rock State Park – Corbett-Exit 25 from I-84
Guides & Outfitters
There are lots of local shops, guides and outfitters ready to help you plan your fishing trip.
Regulations & Licenses
In Oregon, fishing is regulated under the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Central and Columbia River Zones. In Washington, fishing is regulated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
A fishing license is required to fish in any Oregon or Washington waterway. Fishing licenses can be purchased in person at Gorge Fly Shop in Hood River and Washington licenses can be purchased at some local merchants and online at myodfw.com/ for Oregon and wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/ for Washington.