Tie One On!
Fishing is another popular pastime in Oregon, and visitors can get in on the angling action, as well. Trout, crappie and bass are just three of varieties of fish that can be found in Washington County’s lakes and ponds.
The 1,100-acre man-made Henry Hagg Lake, located in a forested area in Gaston near Scoggins Valley Park, is a popular fishing hole. Open to motorized and non-motorized boats, as well as swimmers, Hagg Lake is open for day use only (dawn to dusk), March-November. Canoes, small fishing boats and pedal boats may launch at Boat Ramp C, on the west side of the lake, along West Shore Drive. (Catch of the day: crappie, bluegill, trout, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, yellow perch)
For a truly outdoorsy experience, overnight at the Gales Creek Campground situated along a river for prime fishing and fly fishing. (Catch of the day: trout)
Horning’s Fishing and Picnic Hideout is a multi-activity attraction that offers fly fishing and cast and lure fishing, and also allows overnight tent and RV camping. No license is needed to fish in this private, well-stocked four-acre lake and pond. (Catch of the day: rainbow trout)
ADDITIONAL FISHING SPOTS
Bethany Pond (West Union Rd. and 185th Ave., Beaverton), located in a residential area of unincorporated Washington County, is a small, stocked pond with trout in early spring and warm-weather fish year-round. (Catch of the day: trout, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead)
Commonwealth Lake (Cedar Hills Blvd. and SW Foothill Dr.) is located in a neighborhood park, and is stocked with a variety of fish. This lake is known for its kid-friendly fishing and ADA-accessible areas. (Catch of the day: trout, bass, bluegill, crappie)
Need to stock up on fishing supplies? The new Cabela's (7555 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; 503-822-2000) stocks a large variety of fishing gear and clothing, including poles, lures and more. On the way to Hagg Lake, Lake Stop Grocery (8015 Sw Old Highway 47, Gaston; 503-357-4270) also has items needed for a day of fishing.
NOTE: Anglers older than 13 years must have a valid fishing license, available from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) (or call 503-947-6000). Licenses start at $9 for a juvenile license, $33 for an angling license.