Fishing

The fishing is great here at Paulina Lake Lodge!

Record Brown Trout caught at Paulina Lake, Oregon
Ron Lane of Olancha, California, went to Oregon Oct. 6 to fish for brown trout at Paulina Lake, hoping for another in a long list of double-digit browns he has caught over the years. Trolling in shallow water with one of Allan Cole's seven-inch minnow A.C. Plugs, Lane got a lot more than he bargained for.

He tied into a fish that battled him for some 25 minutes before being netted. He knew it was a really big fish, but had no idea it was state record-sized. It was weighed on a certified scale, At 28-pounds, 5-ounces, the fish topped the previous state record, also taken from Paulina Lake.

Paulina Lake inside world famous Newberry Crater is a lake formed by ancient volcanic activity in the caldera of Mt. Newberry.  Deep, cool waters give us a great abundance of fish and a diversity that is sure to make any angler smile.   Minerals from hot springs, raindrops, and snowflakes feed the rich food chains of Paulina, making the fishing some of the best in the West!  Not to mention we have the record for largest Brown Trout caught in the 5 western states!  

Fish that you'll find here at Paulina Lake:

RAINBOW TROUT

Rainbow Trout Illustration
The early, mid or late season is an excellent time to fish for Rainbow Trout.  In the early part of the season Rainbow Trout can be found in large numbers along the ice's edge until the lake has completely thawed.  At this point the disperse more evenly throughout the lake.  Rainbow trout can be brought in using any of your favorite still-water techniques: trolling, still fishing, wet and dry fly fishing and spin casting.

BROWN TROUT

Brown trout stocking began in 1935.  Brown trout, having longer life spans, grow to record size.  Because of Paulina Lakes high altitude it can partially be covered in ice till mid April. Brown Trout at Paulina Lake The Ice recedes from the shoreline where underground hot springs warm the water a few degrees.  This open water provides the angler with the best chance of catching a trophy-sized Brown Trout.  The Usually wily browns prowl the south and eastern shores.  Casting and retrieving or trolling minnow-type lures, floating Rapalas in gold, silver, rainbow, or brown trout pattern, or AC plugs could put you in the record books!  Currently browns are about 10% of the catch, with the lager ones taken by anglers who target those fish especially.

KOKANEE

These fresh-water Landlock salmon thrive on abundant zooplankton, and are a very popular game fish.  The red meat is delicious, especially when smoked.  Kokanee Trout, Paulina lakeKokanee reach maturity at 3 to 4 years, after which the spawn and die.  At maturity Paulina Lake Kokanee average between 13-17 inches in length.  Kokanee occupy the large deep area of the lake and provide great mid-summer angling when fishing for other species is slow.  Kokanee fishing is exciting, as they fight hard, but with very soft mouths it takes skill to land.  By mid-summer, the Kokanee will be deep, sometimes 40-50 feet below the surface.  To reach that depth, one must troll with up to four ounces of lead, and stick to the parts of the lake where the depth exceeds 80 feet.  Jigging with a Slammer or buzz bomb can be especially good, though most prefer to troll with flasher type lures.  As always having a fish finder will increase your chances of landing a great fish.