• Activities:

    Fishing

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer

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Lake

Davis Lake offers up great bass fishing. Keep in mind that that lake is fly fishing only with barbless files only.

About 50 miles southwest of Bend, Davis Lake is one of the major fishing destinations among the cluster of lakes in central Oregon. The lake was once known as a go-to spot for really big rainbow trout, but largemouth bass were illegally introduced to the Davis Lake in the 90s and they have now taken over. There is no limit on the size or number of bass that can be kept, which helps maintain the trout fishery.

Davis lake is restricted to fly fishing only, and all flies must be barbless. Probably best to check the ODFW’s Sport Fishing Regulations for the legal definition of fly fishing. The lake is open all year below the boat ramp at West David Lake Campground, which is in the Odell Creek channel. You can fish one hour before sunrise and until one hour after sunset.Use a sturdy rod to battle these bass because they get into the weeds very quickly. Going with a 7- or 8-weight rod is what I recommend. Also, use at least a 10-pound leader, and it's best to use large streamers and poppers close to the weeds throughout the entire lake. Woolly Buggers, Leeches, and large patterns made of rabbit fur are go-to patterns. Use fly patterns with a weed guard on the hook to keep the fly from getting hung up in the weeds.

There is free camping as well as pay-to-camp spots around the lake. Plan ahead for dinner—freshwater bass from this lake taste like cod from the ocean, so if you catch a few, make sure you've brought ingredients to make some fish tacos!

Pack List

  • Boat
  • Camping gear
  • Food to make fish tacos
  • 7-8wt fly rod (fishing license required)
  • Floating fly line
  • 10lb leader minimum
  • Large flies
  • Firewood (fires are allowed)
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