Fishing at Silver Creek Reservoir (2022)

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If you live within a short drive of Silverton, Silver Creek or Silverton Reservoir is a great spot to fill a stringer full of rainbow trout during the spring and early summer.

It’s a good choice in the mid-Willamette Valley for taking kids or others looking for plenty of fishing action.

The small reservoir, also commonly known as Silverton Reservoir, provides drinking water for residents of this Willamette Valley community.

Trout Fishing

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, trout 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.

How to Catch 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.

If you’d like more information about the various approaches to catching trout, check out our article 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.

More information: Trout Fishing: How-To Techniques and Tips

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.

Where is Silver Creek Reservoir?

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.

2022 Silver Creek Reservoir Trout Stocking

2022 StockingTotal
Apr. 18 – 222,598
Apr. 25 – 292,066
May 16 – 201,935*
May 30 – Jun. 31,935*
Jun. 6 – 101,935*
Jun. 13 – 171,985*
*These stocking dates includes 200 – 250 trophy-sized rainbows
Stocked fish are legal-sized rainbow trout unless otherwise noted. Stocking schedules are subject to change for a variety of reasons. The ODFW Weekly Fishing Report linked under Oregon Resources below may provide updated information.

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Oregon Resources

ODFW Weekly Fishing Report
ODFW Trout Stocking Schedule
Oregon Fishing Regulations
National Weather Service

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