Fishing Report


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: Warm-water temperatures are limiting opportunities and reducing trout feeding behavior. 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.

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

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing for 10- to 16-inch rainbow has been good. 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 Beavertail Campground. 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. Brown trout are also available. All gear types are resulting in success. ODFW is continuing its chub removal efforts.

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. 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: Opportunities for 8- to 10-inch smallmouth bass are excellent. Bull trout 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. Please 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: The water level is low which may make launching a boat difficult.

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 are very good. Large brown trout are available.

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

SUTTLE LAKE: Anglers are reporting good numbers of large brown trout. Trolling in approximately 30 feet of water is effective. Kokanee are abundant but average size is small.

WICKIUP RESERVOIR: Fish are scattered, but anglers are reporting catches of 18 to 20 kokanee as well as a few large brown trout.