Steelhead remain in Lower Deschutes

Published Jan 12, 2012 at 04:00AM

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:

CENTRAL ZONE

BEND PINE NURSERY POND: The pond is open to fishing year-round but may be iced over in winter.

CRESCENT LAKE: The water level is dropping a bit and some anglers are picking up 8- to 10-pound browns.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: The fishing has been excellent, with fish over 20 inches long being reported.

DESCHUTES RIVER (Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam): Anglers are reminded that the Deschutes River closed to steelhead fishing on Dec. 31, from the Northern Boundary of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation upstream to Pelton Dam. Steelhead angling remains open from the mouth of the Deschutes River upstream to the Northern Boundary of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. If you’re looking for some solitude, now is a great time to fish for trout and steelhead on the lower Deschutes. Anglers should try tactics with slow presentations such as nymphs or a jig and bobber. Lots of steelhead remain in the lower river around Maupin.

DESCHUTES RIVER (Lake Billy Chinook to Bend): Flows have increased significantly, and anglers are reminded to exercise caution when wading. No recent reports, but there should be good fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Rainbow trout average 10 to 16 inches, while brown trout up to 26 inches are available. Anglers will find better access downstream of Lower Bridge.

HOOD RIVER: A few bright winter steelhead are being caught on the lower Hood River. Recent high water should have brought some new fish into the river. The number of steelhead in the river will continue to increase as the winter progresses.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Anglers are encouraged to note the special regulations for the Metolius Arm of Billy Chinook Reservoir; angling is closed in the Metolius arm from Oct. 31-March 1.

METOLIUS RIVER: Trout fishing has been good. Insect hatches should offer lots of opportunities for good dry-fly fishing.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: Fishing has been hit and miss; be prepared to try a lot of different gears until you find what works. The reward is healthy trout in the 14- to 16-inch range, with the occasional 18- to 20-inch fish.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: The pond is open to fishing year-round but may be iced over in winter. Shevlin Pond is open to children 17 years old and younger, with a bag limit of two fish.

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