Arizona Pond is a kids-only trout-fishing spot located in Arizona Beach State Recreation Site on Oregon’s South Coast.
The pond is only an acre in size, but its small size and generous spring plantings of hatchery-raised rainbow trout make this an easy spot for anglers 17 and under to hook plenty of fish.
The pond is stocked a few times between March and May, mostly with pan-sized trout but also often with some large fish that will put up a strong fishg.
Fishing will be excellent right after plantings and then taper off quickly as the trout get caught out, so watch the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual stocking schedule (linked below) and plan trips when the fish will be there.
Typical trout fishing methods will work, including simple tactics such as fishing with PowerBait or other baits.
If you need to brush up on how to catch trout, try our article Trout Fishing: Basic How-To Techniques and Tips.
While the pond is open to fishing all year, ODFW reports that it is typically lowered each fall to help control aquatic weed growth. Fishing will be poor when the water is warm in the summer or low in into the fall and will remain slow until the next round of fish plants.
The recreation area is just off Highway 101, about a 15 minute drive south from Port Orford or 20 minutes north from Gold Beach.
2022 Arizona Pond Trout Stocking
|Mar. 14 – Mar. 18||500|
|Apr. 11 – Apr. 15||2,100*|
|Apr. 25 – Apr. 29||500|
|Jun. 6 – Jun. 10||350*|
Stocked fish are legal-sized rainbow trout unless otherwise noted. Stocking schedules are subject to change for a variety of reasons. The ODFW Weekly Fishing Report linked under Oregon Resources below may provide updated information.