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:

CENTRAL ZONE

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: The reservoir has been very turbid, which has hurt the fishing. Anglers trolling hardware seem to be having the most success. Recent sampling suggests most of the trout average around 12-inches long with a good number of trout around 20-inches long available.

BEND PINE NURSERY POND: The pond has been stocked and fishing is good.

BIG LAVA LAKE: Fishing has been good.

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: Anglers are catching large brook trout, kokanee and rainbows. The resort owner reports some of the best fishing he has seen in many years, particularly for brook trout. Anglers are reporting success with flies, lures and bait.

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

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing for 10- to 16-inch-long rainbow trout has been excellent. ODFW will be conducting its annual population monitoring from the Big Bend campground to the Cobble Rock campground through Friday. We recommend anglers avoid this area during the sampling. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

DAVIS LAKE: Anglers are catching trout near the mouth of Odell Creek.

DESCHUTES RIVER (Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam): Good to excellent reports of trout fishing from the Deschutes above Maupin were reported. Best trout fishing typically occurs around midday, as the best light reaches the canyon floor. Fly anglers will find best success with mayfly and caddis patterns. Anglers have reported the best stonefly hatches in years on the Deschutes.

DESCHUTES RIVER (Lake Billy Chinook to Bend): Flows are typical for irrigation season: approximately 150 cfs above Lower Bridge and 400-500 cfs downstream. 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. Remains open year round; however, gear is restricted to artificial flies and lures only.

EAST LAKE: Is currently accessible. Opportunities for rainbow and brown trout, as well as kokanee, are good.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: Fishing has been good for warm-water species with anglers still catching some trout and kokanee.

HOSMER LAKE: Is now accessible but no recent fishing report.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Fishing for smallmouth bass should start picking up with the warmer weather. A tribal angling permit is required in the Metolius Arm. Please check the special regulations for this area. 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.

LOST LAKE: The lake has been stocked and should be great fishing for newly stocked and holdover trout.

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: Fishing is good.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: Fishing for trout has been good. Anglers are reporting trout up to 18-inches long. Recent sampling indicated there is a good number of trout averaging 12- to 14-inches long available, and some nice bass and crappie on the south shore.

ODELL LAKE: Anglers are reporting large catches of kokanee. Anglers targeting lake trout are also having success. Early season provides the best opportunity for lake trout.

PAULINA LAKE: Currently accessible. Water temperature is cool, but kokanee and rainbow trout angling is fair and should improve.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: Fishing has been good, and the trout that have been caught were large. Bass and crappie fishing has been picking up in the east end of the reservoir.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: Bass fishing has been good.

WALTON LAKE: Fishing has been good for catchable and larger-sized trout. There are also some holdover fish up to 20-inches long available.

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