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

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 late May.

DESCHUTES RIVER (Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam): 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.

HOOD RIVER: Anglers are catching a few early winter steelhead. The fishing will continue to get better as the winter progresses. Anglers are reporting the best success on bait due to the cold water temperatures.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Fishing for bull trout has been good. Anglers are reminded 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.

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.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: Recent sampling shows there are plenty of trout available ranging from 8 to 16 inches long. The 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.

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

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