Redband trout are moving around

Agate Lake - Medford, OR (Jackson County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Open year-round. Redband trout are moving around, and some are spawning. Most of the lake is very turbid due to windy conditions and water temperatures are still cold. Agency Lake is terrible to fish in the wind and even harder to launch/trailer your boat at Henzel Park. Best fishing is trolling minnow imitations from a boat. Overall fishing remains slow.‌

Catch rates remain low due to record setting drought in the years 2020 thru 2022 resulting in poor survival of juvenile redband trout and subsequent recruitment into the adult population.‌

Agency Lake regulations are catch-and-release for redband/rainbow trout with no bait allowed (artificial flies and lures only). The boundary of Agency Lake is the south end of the Straits. This change is due to record low spawning escapement for trophy redband trout throughout the Klamath Basin in 2020. ODFW also encourages the use of single barbless hooks in this fishery, not removing the fish from the water, and using catch-and-release rubber nets.‌

The docks at Henzel and Petric parks are in. ‌

Keep on the lookout for radio tagged redband trout. These fish must be released unharmed. The long antenna looks like fishing line coming from the abdomen. Please report any radio tagged fish.

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