This pond of about 5 acres, located on the main campus of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, is heavily fished whenever the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife dumps in a fresh load of hatchery rainbow trout.
Mt. Hood Pond Trout Fishing
Trout stocking typically occurs here a couple times in the early season, starting in mid- or late winter and going into mid-spring.
More trout are fairly likely to be planted once or twice in the fall (around September and October).
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife tends to stock higher numbers of fish during the early season, but it often adds a modest number of larger “trophy” rainbows with the fall plants.
Youth Fishing Only
Note that this is one of just a handful of waters in Oregon that have a youth-only rule.
At Mt. Hood Pond, that rule is seasonal.
For the entire months of April through August, the pond is only open to anglers who are age 17 or younger or for anglers of all ages who have a disabled fishing permit issued by the state of Oregon. This makes it a good place to take kids fishing near Portland.
As you can see, trout are typically planted both within and outside that restricted time frame, so watch the state’s stocking schedule to choose a time that’s right for your group.
Because the pond is small, has easy access and is one of the earliest waters to get fresh batches of trout, it frankly can be too crowded for anglers who prefer some solitude with their fishing.
Young or disabled anglers may find less crowded conditions after April 1.
When to Go Fishing at Mt. Hood Pond
Like any small stocked pond, trout fishing here is far better soon after the truck visits and can be fairly slow even a few weeks afterward because fish are quickly caught.
The best plan is to watch the ODFW’s trout-stocking schedule or weekly recreation report to get a jump on these fish. (See links below.)
Typical tactics for catching hatchery-reared trout are going to work here, including bait-fishing and casting and retrieving spinners and spoons. (More detail: Trout Fishing: Basic How-To Techniques and Tips.)
While the trout are the main show, that fishery will be a done deal during the dog days of summer, when water quality here may suffer.
Mt. Hood Pond Panfish and Catfish
The pond does have a modest, self-sustaining population of warmwater fish, primarily bluegill and crappie that are available year-round but tend to bite better after the water begins to warm in the spring and summer.
Bullhead catfish may also be in your catch.
Where is Mt. Hood Pond?
To get to the pond, take the Wood Village or Troutdale exits off Interstate 84 and head uphill to Southeast Stark Street and turn into Mt. Hood Community College.
From Gresham or Southeast Portland, you can also just head east on Stark.
The campus is at the corner of Stark and Kane Drive (257th from Troutdale).
Enter campus from Kane and work your way south of the main academic buildings. The pond is located between the main campus area and the athletic facilities.
At this writing parking is free with no permit required. Parking spots are fairly easy to secure except during popular weekday class times. Take the paths down to the pond just below the parking area.