Water Levels Have Slowly Begun to Rise Now That Spring Has Arrived

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Veneta, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
5-26-2021
Website

This 9,000-acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. Water levels have slowly begun to rise now that spring has arrived, and all boat ramps are currently available to launch boats.  Based on forecasts the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not expect the reservoir to fill this year. Now would be an excellent time to fish this waterbody for crappie and largemouth bass.  

For local information regarding the lake and available boat ramps, contact the Lane County Parks Department at 541-682-2000.

Bass and crappie are available throughout the spring and summer. Depending on temperature, warmwater fish such as bass and crappie are beginning to get active this time of year. Look for crappie along the weedy edges on the south side of the reservoir. The south shore around Perkins Peninsula as well as along the face of the dam are good spots. 

There is good bank access at several rest stops and campgrounds, and three seasonal boat ramps.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, May 26th
Columbia River: States set additional Columbia River spring Chinook fishing days
Campbell Reservoir: Crappie Fishing is Picking Up
Fourmile Lake: Will Be Stocked This Year
Gerber Reservoir: Water Temps Are Increasing Fast
Applegate Reservoir: Applegate Reservoir Report
Ben Irving Reservoir: Stocked For A Second Time This Spring
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Bas Fishing Has Been Good
Coos River: Coos River Basin Report
Coquille River: Coquille River Basin Report
Diamond Lake: Bite Should Pick Back up as Weather Improves
Eel Lake: Trout Fishing Continues to Be Good
Emigrant Reservoir: Bass Fishing Has Picked Up
Fish Lake : Fishing Has Been Very Good
Galesville Reservoir: Shaping Up For Another Great Season
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Low Reservoir Levels
Illinois River: Open For Trout Fishing Again
Lake Selmac: Fishing Should Be Good
Lost Creek Lake: Fishing Has Been Good
Rogue River - Middle: Middle Rogue River Report
Rogue River- Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): First Stocking Last Week
Smith River: A Few Stripers Are Beng Caught
Umpqua River: Umpqua River Report
Willow Lake: Nearly At Capacity
Alsea River: Trout Fishing in Streams Opened on May 22
Nestucca River: Spring Chinook Fishing Picked Up Some on The Nestucca
Salmon River: Trout Fishing in Streams Opened on May 22
Siltcoos Lake: Sunny Weather and Warm Temperatures Are Increasing the Warmwater Fish Activity
Siuslaw River: Trout Fishing in Streams Opened on May 22
Trask River: The Trask Picked Up a Little For Springers This Week
Wilson River: Fishing on The Wilson has Been Slow
Yaquina River: Trout Fishing in Streams on the Yaquina/Big Elk Opened on May 22
Detroit Reservoir: The Lake Has Been Stocked Several Times in Recent Weeks With One-Pound Hatchery Trout
EE Wilson Angling Pond: Will Be Stocked Again This Week With About 1,200 Hatchery Trout