Fishing Report

Published Sep 11, 2013 at 05:00AM

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.

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: Anglers are catching large brook trout, kokanee and rainbows. Anglers are reporting success with flies, lures and bait. Kokanee in the 16- to 18-inch range are showing up in good numbers resulting in the best fishing for this species in Crane in many years. With the warmer weather anglers should concentrate their efforts in the old channels.

CRESCENT LAKE: Opportunities for rainbow and brown trout are good.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing for 10-16 inch rainbow has been excellent. Anglers using nymph patterns are having the greatest success. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead.

DESCHUTES RIVER (Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam): Summer steelhead fishing has been good in the lower Deschutes from the mouth upstream to Sherars Falls. Anglers traveling to the Deschutes should be aware that the White River has been causing visibility problems due to thunderstorms.

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. ODFW is continuing its chub removal efforts in East Lake. Catch-and-release only on all non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout — all rainbow trout with an intact adipose fin must be released.

FALL RIVER: Fishing is restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Fall River is periodically stocked with hatchery rainbow trout throughout the summer months.

HOSMER LAKE: Rainbow and cutthroat trout are now available in Hosmer. Anglers are reporting good action on both. These species are available for harvest. Opportunities for Atlantic salmon and brook trout continue to be good.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Bull trout and kokanee anglers should focus on the upper part of the Metolius Arm. Kokanee angling is fair. A tribal angling permit is required in the Metolius Arm. Check the special regulations for this area.

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 11-13 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. Catch-and-release only on all non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout — all rainbow trout with an intact adipose fin must be released.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: Opportunities for bass and crappie are excellent. Anglers are reporting bigger smallmouth bass than in recent years.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: Shevlin Pond is fishing well and was stocked prior to Labor Day weekend.

SUTTLE LAKE: Kokanee and brown trout are beginning to concentrate at the west end of the lake near the mouth of Link Creek. Kokanee are abundant but only average 8 to 10 inches.

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 to 3 pounds. The section above the ODFW marker near the West South Twin boat ramp is now closed to all angling. This includes the area around Sheeps Bridge.

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