Editor’s note: PGE has closed this small reservoir to public access until approximately spring 2022 to upgrade the powerhouse. (This is a later date than previously expected.)
Looking for an easy place to sit back on the bank and catch a limit of rainbow trout for dinner, even during the dog days of summer?
Even better if it’s less than an hour away from most of the Portland area, right?
Faraday Lake might be just the ticket.
The small reservoir near Estacada is generously stocked with pan-sized keeper rainbow trout starting in the latter part of May and typically continuing through late summer.
Just 25 acres in size, Faraday is part of Portland General Electric’s hydropower complex on the Clackamas River.
Other fishing waters in the complex are North Fork Reservoir upstream and Estacada Lake downstream. Unlike those two reservoirs, Faraday typically is open to fishing year-round, but catches will be best during the planting season.
Only these hatchery reared trout may be harvested here. Hatchery trout have a clipped and healed adipose fin, that fleshy little fin that on a wild fish is on the top between the tail and large dorsal fin.
No boats of any kind (not even your float tube) are allowed at Faraday, so make your fishing plans accordingly.
Faraday Lake is just about a mile east past Estacada just off Highway 224.
It’s located at the Westside Hydroelectric Project plant at Faraday Dam. Once on the property, park near the footbridge that leads across the river and over to the reservoir.
Bait-fishing is the most common method used to catch hatchery trout, but casting artificial lures and flies can also produce strikes for anglers who like a more active style of fishing.
For more about trout-fishing methods, try: Trout Fishing: Basic How-To Techniques and Tips.
Learn about other nearby trout fishing: North Fork Reservoir Trout Fishing, Estacada Lake Fishing, Timothy Lake Fishing, Trillium Lake Fishing, Harriet Lake Trout Fishing, Small Fry Lake Trout Fishing, Clackamas River Fishing.