Lake Information for Big Creek Reservoirs
The reservoirs are surrounded by spruce forests.
A primitive boat launch is located on the west end of Reservoir 2. No camping, drinking water or restroom facilities in immediate area.
Alternative Activities: Yaquina Bay offers year-round recreational opportunities: fishing for rockfish from the jetties; catching herring from public docks in February and March and perch in spring; crabbing all year. Bank fishing for sturgeon January through May near markers 25 and 37 (north shore) and near markers 38 and 42 (south shore). Bank fishing for salmon from Elk City to Toledo from September through early November. Digging clams downstream of the Hwy 101 Bridge. Nearby state parks: Beverly Beach State Park, South Beach State Park, Agate Beach State Recreation Site, Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site.
For More Information:
ODFW Newport Field Office — (541) 867- 4741
From February through early June approximately 11,000 legalsized rainbow trout are stocked in Reservoir 1 and 20,000 in Reservoir 2; they are usually available into July. Naturally reproducing yellow perch, bluegill, brown bullhead and largemouth bass are available year-round. Check ODFW’s Web site for Youth Angling and Free Fishing Day events at this location.
All lake-fishing techniques can be effective. A common angling technique is to use a small round piece of PowerBait with a weight about 2 feet above the hook. Casting small lures and jigs is also effective.
Turn east on NE Big Creek Road in northern Newport near Mile Post 139. Follow for 1.5 miles; turn right at first junction, left at second junction. Reservoir 2 is a half mile past Reservoir 1 and offers bank fishing access.
Businesses Located Nearby
Bait & Tackle
- Newport Marina Store & Charter
- 2128 Se Marine Science Dr - Newport, OR
- (541) 867-4470
- Yaquina Bay Charters LLC
- 1000 Se Bay Blvd - Newport, OR
- (541) 265-6800
- Knight's Tackle Box
- 6316 Salmon River Hwy - Otis, OR
- (541) 994-8137
- Captain's Reel Deep Sea Fishing
- 343 Sw Bay Blvd - Newport, OR
- (541) 265-7441
- Sawyer's Landing Marina & Rv
- 4098 Yaquina Bay Rd - Newport, OR
- (541) 265-3907
- Newport Tradewinds
- 653 Sw Bay Blvd - Newport, OR
- (541) 265-2101