HOWARD PRAIRIE LAKE (Ashland area)

General Description: Howard Prairie, located in the mountains east of Ashland, opens for fishing on April 23. Howard Prairie has a nice resort, a large picnic area, campsites with limited or full hookups, a store and restaurant, laundry facilities, and a full-service boat marina. The full-service marina covers tackle, bait, and fuel. The resort sells fishing licenses. Contact Jackson County Parks at 541-774-8183 for campground information. Boat rentals are available by calling 541-482-1979. Here’s a link to a map of the lake.

Fish: Trout, bass

How to land'em: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has been releasing larger-size rainbow trout fingerlings in the fall to maintain the trout fishery, and fishing for rainbow trout has improved significantly. Both boat and bank anglers do well at Howard Prairie. Floating baits are popular, while boat anglers trolling flasher and worm or lure combinations usually do well for trout. The best bet often is bright PowerBait. Fly anglers can do well at the shallow upper end of the lake during years of good water conditions, especially early in the year. Angling for bass has become very popular in recent years in the months when the water warms up a little.

Directions: From Ashland, follow Dead Indian Memorial Highway for 17 miles. Turn right at Hyatt Prairie Road and follow to lake. Here’s a map via Google Maps.

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