These two ponds are located in a pleasant park setting just off busy Northeast Glisan Street in the city of Fairview, located across the street from Gresham and a quick drive from anywhere between Troutdale and Portland’s east side.
The smaller West Salish Pond is deeper and fairly recently restored.
West Salish Pond Trout
West Salish is the pond the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife tends to stock periodically with trout, possibly sometime between late winter through spring.
Watch the annual trout stocking schedule and weekly recreation reports to home in on those plantings, because trout fishing will be best in the days right after the fish are dumped in but will very quickly fade as it gets nearly fished out in no time.
If ODFW does plan to stock this water body, good bets are quite early in the year, and possibly in the fall.
Try casting and retrieving spinners and spoons or still-fishing with bait near the bottom or below a bobber.
If you need more information on how to catch trout, read our primer: Trout Fishing: Basic How-To Techniques and Tips.
East Salish Pond Bass and Panfish
While West Salish also has warmwater species, the larger and shallower East Salish Pond is managed for these types of resident fish.
East Salish also has more interesting habitat, especially for largemouth bass and crappie, and you are likely to do better there if this type of fishing appeals to you.
Bass often strike artificial lures that resemble prey species such as fish, frogs, crayfish and worms, while crappie readily strike jigs and other lures that look like small minnows.
East Salish also has bluegill, bullhead catfish and potentially larger channel catfish.
Bluegill are insect eaters and are often caught on small worms, mealworms and even artificial flies.
Catfish also like worms and nightcrawlers as well as cut fish, prepared doughs and other baits.
All of these fish may be caught here year-round, but they bite best in warmer seasons. Note that there are special limits for some of these species.
Location and Access
The ponds are easy to reach. From Portland, take Glisan east into the Gresham area and the ponds will be on your left just beyond Northeast 201st/202nd Avenue.
Or it might be faster to take Interstate 84 to the Fairview exit and go south on Fairview Parkway to Glisan; turn right and the ponds are almost immediately on your right.
There is an improved public parking lot at East Salish Pond reached off the entrance of The Lodge at Lake Salish Apartments and some roadside graveled parking along Glisan adjacent to West Salish.
A trail also comes in from Salish Ponds Elementary School in the neighborhoods west of West Salish Pond.
A full trail system will allow you to reach good bank fishing locations in both ponds, and there is a fishing dock on the north side of each pond.
The access is safe for anglers of all abilities, making this a good spot near home to take kids fishing.