Fishing Report

Published May 1, 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 roads leading to the reservoir are clear. Fishing has been fair due to the turbidity but anglers are reporting catching large trout.

BEND PINE NUSERY POND: Although the most recent stocking was in late September, it is likely that many fish overwintered.

BIG LAVA LAKE: Ice-free and accessible.

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: Ice-free and accessible.

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

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing will probably be slow with the current flow conditions. Fishing will be better once the flows are lower and stable during the irrigation season. The trout may be spawning now so anglers are reminded to be careful if wading so as to not trample the redds. The use of bait is prohibited until May 2013. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

EAST LAKE: Inaccessible.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: Fishing has been excellent for large trout and kokanee.

HOOD RIVER: Anglers are catching good numbers of winter steelhead; the fishing will continue to get better as the spring gets into full swing. Anglers are reporting the best success on bait due to the cold water temperatures. Spring chinook season opened on the Hood River on April 15, 2013 and will remain open until June 30, 2013.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Fishing for bull trout has been good. Catch rates are up compared to this time last year. The Metolius Arm is open to fishing again and there are good numbers of legal-sized bull trout. 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. 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: Fishing for trout has been good. Anglers are reporting trout up to 18 inches long.

ODELL LAKE: Ice -free and accessible. Fishing should be good for kokanee and lake trout.

PAULINA LAKE: Inaccessible.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: Fishing has been slow but the trout that were caught were large.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: Fishing should be excellent for rainbow trout.