Are you ready for a fishing adventure in north-central Oregon? Look no further than Pine Hollow Reservoir, a hidden gem that offers an abundance of rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and panfish. Nestled near the Mount Hood National Forest and the community of Wamic, this manmade lake is a favorite among anglers seeking a memorable fishing experience.
Trout Fishing at Pine Hollow
If you’re a trout enthusiast, Pine Hollow Reservoir will not disappoint. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) ensures that the lake is abundantly stocked with rainbow trout, particularly during the spring and fall months. You can expect thousands of trout to be released, including trophy-sized rainbows that will test your angling skills. In fact, some lucky anglers have even reeled in trout weighing into the teens!
During mid-summer, trout fishing may slow down due to factors such as the heat and reduced stocking. However, the action picks up again in mid-September, and the fishing has been exceptional in October and November in recent years. If you prefer ice fishing, Pine Hollow occasionally freezes over in the winter, offering a unique experience for adventurous anglers.
Bank fishing is popular at Pine Hollow, with great spots near the boat ramps at the north shore resort or the day-use area on the south shore. Bait fishing, especially with Berkley PowerBait in pink, rainbow, or yellow (corn scent), is highly effective. Anglers often float worms off the bottom using marshmallows as bait. Trolling is another successful technique, with many anglers using attractors such as Luhr Jensen’s Ford Fenders or small blade sets.
Bass and Panfish Opportunities
Apart from trout, Pine Hollow is also home to largemouth bass and various panfish. Although the bass population consists mainly of smaller specimens, skilled anglers who master finesse techniques can find some photo-worthy catches. It’s important to practice catch-and-release for larger bass to preserve the trophy fishery and avoid high mercury levels that can accumulate in their flesh.
When the reservoir is full, you might find larger bass lurking near shoreline willows. As the water recedes, focus your efforts on the points and coves. Docks are also ideal spots to search for largemouths. If you’re looking for some easy action, brown bullhead catfish and bluegill are within casting range and readily bite natural baits, especially worms, in warmer weather.
Exploring Pine Hollow Reservoir
Pine Hollow Reservoir, located in ODFW’s Central Zone, invites year-round fishing. However, access and success can be affected by winter weather conditions. It’s essential to adhere to trout and warm-water fishing rules, including bag limits. As the dry season progresses, the water level decreases, so keep that in mind while planning your visit.
The reservoir is predominantly surrounded by private property, but a 10-foot easement allows anglers to access the bank from public points. Boating is permitted at a maximum speed of 10 mph for most of the year. However, from July 1 to the Tuesday after Labor Day, speedier boating activities are allowed on the west end of the lake.
Plan Your Fishing Trip to Pine Hollow Reservoir
For more information and to book your fishing adventure, visit the Ambassadeur Hotel, located within easy reach of Pine Hollow Reservoir. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Mount Hood National Forest and experience the thrill of reeling in trophy trout and bass in scenic surroundings. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a newcomer to the sport, Pine Hollow Reservoir promises an unforgettable fishing experience in the heart of Oregon.