Fishing at Medco Pond

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Medco Pond, a private pond with public access in eastern Jackson County, is most popularly fished for stocked hatchery rainbow trout but also can offer fair to good fishing for warmwater fish, including largemouth bass and bluegill.

Typically, this 25-acre pond is stocked a couple of times during spring, and fishing will be best very soon after the fish arrive.

Check the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual trout stocking schedule (linked below) for a good idea of when to plan your trips.

Medco also has at times been stocked with surplus hatchery trout, including some fall plantings that have occurred and might include really nice one-pound rainbows.

The usual lake-fishing techniques for trout will take planters here. (More detail: Trout Fishing: Basic How-To Techniques and Tips.)

During the summer, the trout fishery will be poor or non-existent, so turn your attention to a decent fishery for largemouth bass as well as bluegill, bullhead catfish and crappie.

Most of these fish tend to be structure oriented.

Bass and crappie often will be found in shallower water during the spring spawning season, but the bass in particularly will tend to move into deeper water during other times of the season.

Bluegill also are often caught in shallower water.

Medco Pond is a bit more than an hour from the Medford area, located on the Butte Falls-Prospect Road between (appropriately) Butte Falls and Prospect.

You can fish from a small boat but gas motors are strictly prohibited. Bank access is restricted to the west side, closer to the road.

Note that the pond’s shallower areas can get quite weedy in warm weather, especially in the northern half and small coves.

Find more fishing spots in Jackson County

Oregon Resources

ODFW trout stocking schedule
ODFW weekly recreation report and regulation updates
ODFW annual fishing regulations
National Weather Service forecasts