If you live within a short drive of Silverton, Silver Creek Reservoir is a great spot to fill a stringer full of rainbow trout during the spring.
The small reservoir, also known as Silverton Reservoir, provides drinking water for residents of this Willamette Valley community. The 65-acre impoundment also provides some nice trout fishing when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plants hatchery fish there.
Fishing can be very good during the relatively short planting season, which often begins during mid-spring and continues until about the beginning of summer. As those fish are caught out and water temperatures rise, fishing success here is likely to slow way down by the middle of summer.
ODFW might put in more than 15,000 hatchery-reared trout during that short span, including a fair number of larger “trophy” trout.
All the usual trout-fishing approaches will work here. Bait including naturals such as worms and salmon eggs and artificial offerings such as PowerBait will always catch hatchery-reared trout. So will casting lures or flies. (More detail: Trout Fishing: Basic How-To Techniques and Tips.)
There is a boat ramp, and this is a good place to launch a smaller boat, but know that you can only use electric motors on this waterway. Trolling lures, flies and bait will fool trout for boat anglers, as well as soaking some bait.
Besides the trout, there is a self-sustaining population of bullhead catfish that should be easy to catch with worms or other baits fished close to the bottom.
To get there, take Highway 214 about 2.5 miles southeast of Silverton to Silver Lake Drive. That short road takes you to a day-use area and boat launch. It’s about a half hour’s drive east of Salem.
The reservoir is fed by Silver Creek, the same creek that upstream forms the major attractions in Silver Creek Falls State Park, a great place for hiking, camping and other activities.
The city of Silverton and the Oregon Garden, are also nice places to combine with some fishing for a full day trip.
Use the link below for more fishing options in Marion County, including several more trout-fishing spots.