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Big Lava Lake Sponsored by
Date 18-May-18
Water Condition
Water Temperature  

Conditions : BIG LAVA LAKE: The lake is open to fishing all year.

Reported by: Oregon D.F.W

Hatches: Patterns Lures & Spinners

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About: - Big Lava Lake is 15 miles south of Bend off of Forest Service Road 46 (Cascade Lakes Highway), at an elevation of 4800 ft. The 350-acrea lake primary inflow to are subsurface springs. The springs are located in the northeast corner of the lake at a depth of 20 to 30 feet. Water temperatures from the inflow vary between 45° to 60° F. There are no permanent surface streams entering the lake, however, intermittent seeps do enter the lake from Wire Meadow. Lava Lake connects with Little Lava Lake only occasionally during periods of spring high water. The outlet channel is located in the southeast corner of the lake.

When/How to fish: Best time is early & late in season. 
Popular Fishing Methods: Floating devices and trolling

Fishing Method:

Cheese, power bait, flat fish, flashers, spinners, and green lures
Small hooks with leaders up to 7' long & not over 4 lb test; fish seem not to like brown leader material 5X tippets for surface flies; 4X for subsurface.

Insect Hatch/Flies to Use: Use of dry and wet flies.
Camping Information: Lava Lake Campground

Resort Information:

Lava Lake Lodge
  • Bull Trout
  • Redband Trout
  • Whitefish
  • Brook
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Tui Chub

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