Fishing Report


Published Jul 24, 2013 at 05:00AM / 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:

CENTRAL ZONE

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: The reservoir has been very turbid, which has negatively impacted 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 for bluegill and fair for trout. A small number of bass are also available.

BIG LAVA LAKE: Anglers are having success with rainbow trout in the 12- to 18-inch range. All gear types are producing fish.

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: Anglers are catching large brook, kokanee and rainbows. Anglers are reporting success with flies, lures and bait. Kokanee in the 16- to 18-inch range are showing up in good numbers. With the warmer weather, anglers should concentrate their efforts in the old channels.

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

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing for 10- to 16-inch rainbows has been excellent. Recent sampling by ODFW indicates strong populations of both rainbow trout and mountain whitefish. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead.

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

EAST LAKE: Rainbow trout fishing has been excellent. Brown trout are also available with all gear types are resulting in success. ODFW is continuing its chub removal efforts. Catch-and-release only on all nonadipose fin-clipped rainbow trout — all rainbows with an intact adipose fin must be released. ODFW released a predacious strain of redband trout native to the Blackwater River in British Columbia. Blackwater redband trout grow quickly and should provide a trophy fishery in years to come. In the short term, catch-and-release regulations will allow the Blackwater trout to grow large enough to prey on the chub. Blackwater trout have not been adipose fin clipped. All other stocks of rainbow are adipose-clipped and available for harvest.

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

HOSMER LAKE: Rainbows and cutthroat trout are available with anglers reporting good action on both. These species are available for harvest. Opportunities for Atlantic salmon and brook trout continue to be good.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Opportunities for 8- to 10-inch long smallmouth bass are excellent. Bull trout fishing continues to be excellent with good numbers of fish in the 18- to 24-inch range. Kokanee angling is fair. A tribal angling permit is required in the Metolius Arm. Please check the special regulations for this area.

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

METOLIUS RIVER: Trout fishing has been good. Insect hatches should offer lots of opportunities for good, dry fly fishing. Fishing for 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. 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: Kokanee angling is fair with most fish in the 11- to 13-inch range. Lake trout are available in the deeper water. Bull trout are also present and must be released unharmed. Anglers are reminded to be familiar with the difference between these two species.

PAULINA LAKE: Kokanee and rainbow fishing is very good. Catch-and-release only on nonfin clipped rainbow trout. Large brown trout are also available.

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.

SUTTLE LAKE: Anglers are reporting good numbers of large brown trout. Trolling in approximately 30 feet of water is effective. Kokanee are abundant but the average size is small.

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 to 20 kokanee as well as a few large brown trout.