Fishing Report


Published Jan 2, 2013 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

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: Fishing has been fair. The changing weather may make travel difficult, so be prepared for muddy or snowy road conditions. Anglers should be very careful when venturing onto the ice and follow safety procedures.

BEND PINE NURSERY POND: The most recent stocking was in late September with a number of one-pound rainbow released.

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

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing for trout has been good. Water levels have been consistent and fish are feeding on small mayfly and midge nymphs. It appears the whitefish spawn is tapering off. The use of bait is prohibited until May.

DESCHUTES RIVER (Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam): Summer steelhead fishing on the lower Deschutes is fair, as water clarity has improved significantly. Fish are now well dispersed throughout the river, with good numbers of fish found by anglers from the mouth upstream to the Warm Springs Area. Trout fishing remains good for trout downstream from the Warm Springs Reservation Boundary. Best trout fishing typically occurs around midday, as the best light reaches the canyon floor. Fly anglers will find best success with nymphs along with egg patterns for trout and whitefish. Anglers are reminded trout angling is closed upstream from the Warm Springs Reservation Boundary.

FALL RIVER: Fishing is good. The river below the falls closed on Sept. 30. The river above the falls is open all year. Fishing is restricted to fly-fishing with barbless hooks.

HOOD RIVER: The bulk of the summer steelhead run has passed the fishery in the Hood River, although a few late fish may be present. Anglers may encounter a few stray, fin-clipped coho in the lower river, but success will be limited. Anglers have reported encountering a few early winter steelhead, but the bulk of the run is still far off.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Fishing for bull trout has been good. Anglers are reminded that there are small numbers of spring chinook and summer steelhead in Lake Billy Chinook as part of the reintroduction effort. Please release these fish unharmed. The Metolius Arm closed to fishing Oct. 31.

METOLIUS RIVER: Trout fishing has been good. Insect hatches should offer lots of opportunities for good dry-fly fishing. Angling for post-spawning bull trout should be excellent. Large streamer flies fished in the deeper pools and slots are the best bet.

NORTH TWIN: Excellent fishing opportunities are available.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: Recent sampling shows there are plenty of trout available, ranging from 8 to 16 inches long. Low water may make launching a boat difficult.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: Trout are still available to be caught as long as the pond is not covered in ice. Due to safety concerns, no one is allowed to be on the ice if it’s present.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: Shevlin Pond is fishing well and typically fishes well throughout winter if not iced over.

SUTTLE LAKE: Recent fish sampling showed excellent trophy brown trout opportunity. Kokanee fishing is poor.

WALTON LAKE: Fishing has been fair. Anglers should be very careful when venturing onto the ice and should follow safety procedures.