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Davis Lake

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813 S.W. Hwy, 97
Madras, OR 97741
Basics
Size:
1000 - 3906 acres
Max. Depth:
20 feet
Elevation:
4400 feet
Season:
May to October

Description

Davis Lake is one of the most popular fly fishing only lakes in the Pacific Northwest, producing abundant trophy size rainbow trout. Rainbow trout here are common in the 2-5 lb range during periods of wet years. Largemouth bass were illegally introduced in 1995 and seem to be thriving.

Davis Lake is located at the southern end of Cascade Lakes Highway in a picturesque setting on the Deschutes National Forest and is a large, shallow lake that was formed approximately 6,000 years ago by a lava flow cutting off Odell Creek. The name Davis is taken from "Button” Davis, a nineteenth century stockman for the Prineville area who ran cattle in the vicinity of the lake (ODFW, 1996). Prior to the volcanic eruption, Odell Creek was probably directly connected to the upper Deschutes River. The 3,000 surface acres of shallow water coupled with the primary inlet Odell Creek, makes Davis Lake a very rich and productive aquatic system producing numerous large rainbow trout. Davis Lake is open to fly fishing only.

Klamath rainbow trout have been planted annually to supplement natural reproduction, which was successful until the drought in early 90’s although that was discontinued in 1999. Tui chub have been a problem in the lake, and it is hoped that the piscivorous (fish eating) Klamath trout are dining on the chubs. The wild rainbow population seems to be doing fine since habitat and structure restoration work in Odell Creek.

Fishing

Fish:
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Fishing Methods:
Fly Fishing

Details

Size:
1000 - 3906 acres
Max. Depth:
20 feet
Elevation:
4400
Season:
May to October
Water Access:
There is a primitive boat launch at West Davis Campground, and a good boat ramp at the Lava Flow Campground on the northeast corner of Davis Lake (due to some nesting eagles nearby this ramp may be closed).
Camping Info
East Davis Campground, Lava Flow Campground, and West Davis Campground
Additional Details:

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife currently manages rainbow trout at Davis Lake for natural and hatchery production consistent with the Trophy Fish Management Alternative for trout.

Bait/Lure Fishing Methods : Fly fishing only.

Most productive areas are: the northeast end near the lava dam; the west shore between Ranger and Moore Creeks and in the Odell Creek Channel. 12 foot leaders.

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Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Davis Lake is near the southern end of the Cascade Lakes Highway (FS Road 46).


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