Fern Ridge Reservoir Fishing Report

Fern Ridge Reservoir - Veneta, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

This 9,000-acre lake just 12 miles west of Eugene is the Willamette Basin’s largest water body. The reservoir is getting lower so some boat ramps may not be available to launch boats. Check with Lane County Parks and Recraetion for information on boat access. With summer now in full swing, anglers should avoid the middle of the day and fish early or late when light levels are lower and bass are more active. 

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 and with the warmer weather are now active. 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.

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