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Big Butte Creek – South Fork Fishing

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Big Butte Creek – South Fork Fishing

Rarely fished and easily accessible, the south fork of Big Butte Creek is a numbers fishery in a forest setting and is a great place to take first timers on a hot summer day.  Big Butte Creek is a tributary of the famous Rogue River; it flows northwest from near Mt. McLoughlin through the town of Butte Falls in Jackson County.

Averaging 8 inches and pushing 15 inches, this stream is chock full of native Rainbow and Cutthroat trout. Big Butte is best fished May through November or when the water levels have stabilized below 150 cubic feet per second.  Water levels can be checked at here at www.dreamflows.com.  Open to artificial flies and lures, fly-fishing is the best method. A basic selection of nymph and dry flies are all that is needed, with nymphing the most consistently successful choice.

All you need for Big Butte Creek is a light line.  Access is easy and from the town of Butte Falls the creek parallels the road on the left. Park at a pull out and scramble down to the creek to enjoy some fine fishing.

Directions:  From Ashland, head north on I-5 and take exit 30 in Medford, turning onto Oregon highway 62/Crater Lake Highway. Follow this for 14 miles and turn right on Butte Falls Highway  and following signs for Butte Falls.  Continue through Butte Falls until the stream comes into sight on the left. From here, the next several miles are good for fishing and easy accessibility.

Outdoor Recreation Safety Note: Please be sure to read our safety note on our Outdoor Recreation home page.