These ponds at Jackson County Expo in Central Point (right near Medford) offer year-round fishing for warmwater species including largemouth bass and panfish and seasonally excellent fishing for stocked rainbow trout.
The hatchery trout bring out the most anglers in the days and weeks after plantings, when fishing peaks. Watch the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual trout stocking schedule and weekly recreation reports to best time your trout-fishing trips.
Typically, the main pond at the complex is planted a handful of times from late winter into spring and potentially again in the fall, perhaps timed to free fishing days.
The pond most recently stocked has been the southernmost pond, south of the complex at Gate 5. Additional ponds are located north of the facilities. All have excellent bank access.
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Fishing at the ponds is open all year, but angling for bass, crappie, bluegill and bullhead catfish will be best when the water is relatively warm, starting in spring and continuing through summer and into early fall.
Bass are fun to catch on a variety of crankbaits, soft plastics, spinnerbaits and other lures that imitate natural prey that includes smaller fish and crayfish. Many people release bass to fight again another day, while the other species of fish in the ponds are good table fare.
Jackson County Expo is located immediately east of Interstate 5 in Central Point, on the north edge of Medford. Use the East Pine Street exit and turn north on Peninger Road.
The ponds are located along Bear Creek, a tributary of the Rogue River.