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Lake Information for Gerber Reservoir


Nestled in the dry rimrock of south central Oregon, Gerber Reservoir is a pleasant surprise for anglers unaccustomed to warmwater fishing in the high desert. Gerber i located about midway between Klamath Falls and Lakeview, but well south of Highway 140, the area's main east-west road. Access is easiest from Klamath Falls then east through Bonanza, a trip of less than one hour. From Lakeview, any of the shorter routes require travel on USFS roads so have directions or bring a map.
Gerber is a large reservoir of nearly 4,000 acres when full, but is used to store water for irrigation so the water level can fluctuate. Low lake levels during dry years will have a short-term impact on the fishery. However, the reservoir is very productive and fish are quick to recover when water levels return. Bank angling opportunities are limited to the developed areas, an unimproved road that provides access on the west shore south of Gerber Dam, and several spur roads that access scattered locations along the Ben Hall and Barnes Valley arms. Given its size and changing shoreline, the reservoir is best fished by boat. In addition to a new concrete ramp and fish cleaning station located on the north end of the reservoir in the Ben Hall Arm, there is a concrete ramp located near Gerber Dam and a gravel ramp at the southeast end in the Barnes Valley arm. When the fishing is good, plan for an extended stay at one of the two campgrounds managed by the BLM.

Facilities and Parks: 

Two campgrounds, two boat ramps.

Fishing Description: 

Excellent populations of yellow perch, white crappie, largemouth bass and brown bullheads.
Gerber is known for its crappie and yellow perch fishery, and has produced a state record white crappie of well over 4 pounds as well as perch up to 14 inches. Although not everyone can expect to land a record, large crappie over 12 inches are common. Crappie angling will be most productive during the late spring and early summer in the arms of the tributaries (particularly the mouth of the Ben Hall arm) although success can be sporadic as the schools of fish move through an area. As the water warms during the summer, fish in the morning or evening then move to deeper water for mid-day. Target shoreline areas less than 15 feet deep that offer submerged cover such as rock piles, logs, and willow unless the reservoir is particularly turbid, then try slightly shallower water.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Use light spinning gear with 4-6 pound test line rigged with around 2-4 feet of line between a bobber and bait or bobber and jig as shown in his guide. You can change the depth you're fishing by increasing the length between the bobber and jig. Start with a smaller 1/32 ounce jig then move to heavier weights if necessary. Local anglers find that some combination of white, yellow, or red and white jigs work best for crappie and perch at Gerber. If you’ fishing a boat, anchor or drift about 50 feet off shore, cast into shore and retrieve slowly.

Fishing for yellow perch will be best during the spring and fall when they are in shallow areas, and more difficult in the summer when they move to deeper and cooler water. However, they can also be caught during the winter months when ice fishing is popular at Gerber.

Directions to Lake: 

In south central Oregon between Lakeview and Klamath Falls.

Largemouth Bass
Bass Family
Catfish Family
Perch Family
Gerber Reservoir
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Businesses Located Nearby

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    Pelican Marina
  • 928 Front St - Klamath Falls, OR
  • (541) 882-5834
    American Marine & Rv
  • 2345 Wiard St - Klamath Falls, OR
  • (541) 884-6858
    Meridian Sail Center
  • 2412 Hawkins St - Klamath Falls, OR
  • (541) 884-5869

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