Here is the weekly fishing report for selected areas in and around Central Oregon, provided by fisheries biologists for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife:
ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: The boat ramp is out of the water, making launching a boat difficult except possibly for small boats. Best success will be had in the deeper water near the dam.
BEND PINE NURSERY POND: Fishing for bluegill is good.
BIG LAVA LAKE: Anglers are having good success, with rainbow trout in the 12- to 18-inch range making up most of the catch. All gear types are producing fish.
CRESCENT LAKE: Opportunities for rainbow and brown trout are good.
CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing for 10- to 16-inch rainbow has been excellent. Anglers using nymph patterns are having the greatest success.
DESCHUTES RIVER (Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam): Summer steelhead fishing has been good in the Lower Deschutes from the mouth upstream. Fish are now well dispersed upstream to South Junction. Anglers are reminded that the Deschutes is currently open to the retention of fall chinook until Oct. 31 from the mouth upstream to Sherars Falls. Excellent numbers of fall chinook can be found throughout the lower 40 miles of the Deschutes.
EAST LAKE: Rainbow trout fishing has been excellent. Anglers are reporting the best action in many years. Brown trout are also available. All gear types are resulting in success.
LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Bull trout and kokanee anglers should focus on the upper part of the Metolius Arm. Kokanee angling is slow.
METOLIUS RIVER: Trout fishing has been good. Insect hatches should offer lots of opportunities for good dry fly fishing. Fishing for bull trout should be excellent. Large streamer flies fished in the deeper pools and slots are the best bet.
OCHOCO RESERVOIR: Due to the low water levels, the ramp is no longer usable and the reservoir is restricted to nonmotorized watercraft only. Fishing for bass has been good along the rocks near the dam.
ODELL LAKE: Kokanee angling is fair, with most fish in the 11- to 13-inch range. Lake trout are available in the deeper water. Bull trout are also present and must be released unharmed. Anglers are reminded to be familiar with the difference between these two species.
PAULINA LAKE: Kokanee and rainbow trout fishing is very good. Large brown trout are also available.
WALTON LAKE: Fishing has been good.
WICKIUP RESERVOIR: Fishing for kokanee and brown trout in the Deschutes River Arm has been excellent. Kokanee are averaging 2-3 pounds. Closed above the ODFW marker near the West South Twin boat ramp. This includes the area around Sheeps Bridge.