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: The reservoir is not accessible by vehicle due to the snow on the roads.

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. The use of bait is prohibited until May. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

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 fishing is closed upstream from the Warm Springs Reservation Boundary.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: Fishing has been fair. Anglers are reporting 8- to 10-inch kokanee.

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 fair. 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. 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: The reservoir is ice free and fishing has been fair.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: The pond is free of ice and the trout are active.

TAYLOR LAKE: Taylor Lake, near The Dalles, has been recently stocked, and has provided consistent catches of rainbow trout.

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