Twin Lakes in Oregon is now a top 10 trout destination, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report.
The top 10 lists are based on lake trout numbers, lake conditions and the availability of fish.
Twin Lakes, located in northwestern Oregon, has been a favorite among anglers in recent years, said U.N. wildlife services expert Greg McInerney.
Twin lakes, which are small, isolated lakes with low water levels, provide trout with a great place to catch fish and make a living, McInorney said.
Twin Lake is also home to many of the largest lakes in the world, such as Lake Mead in Colorado and Lake Michigan in Michigan.
Twin-lake trout numbers in the past decade have risen from just about a quarter of the lake’s total population in 2000 to nearly 60 percent in 2010.
Trout numbers are also increasing at Lake Okeechobee in Florida.
“The growth in Twin Lakes trout numbers has been impressive and I believe it is a good indicator of the state’s future in the Great Lakes,” said Lake Ookeechobees fisheries manager Michael A. Sorensen.
Twin Falls in Oregon has been among the best spots for trout since the early 1990s.
The city is home to the largest lake trout population in the U.P., McInnerney said, and the area is home not only to the Twin Lakes area, but also the Lake Tahoe area.
“I think Twin Falls has really caught up to the state of Oregon in the recent years,” he said.
“Tribes like the Bear Lake are getting more and more hooked on the fish and I think that’s a good thing.”
Twin Lakes has also seen some changes since the 1990s, McButner said.
Fishing is now available from mid-June to mid-September in most seasons, but in October it is closed.
The lake is open for fishing up to mid December, McAndner said, but there are restrictions.
Twin Peaks trout numbers have also increased since the mid-1990s, with numbers up to 60 percent of the population.
“We are really starting to see an influx of fish in Twin Peaks, so there are a lot of people that are coming to Twin Lakes to fish and catch fish,” McButter said.
The area is also known for its lake trout, with more than 50 percent of trout caught in the lake coming from the lake.
The lakes are known for their big, open lakes that provide abundant fish for fishing, McIngerney said: Big blue marlin, blue mariner, and large salmon.
“Twin Lakes has really been a major fishing destination for many years,” McInerno said.