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: Fishing has been fair. There are still plenty of large trout up to 22 inches long available. The changing weather may make travel difficult, so be prepared for muddy or snowy road conditions.

BEND PINE NURSERY POND: The most recent stocking was in late September, with a number of one-pound rainbow trout released. Fishing for them should be fair to good through the fall.

CLEAR LAKE RESERVOIR: Water in reservoir is at low levels due to irrigation demand. Recent snow will limit access.

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

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing for trout has been excellent. The use of bait is prohibited until May.

DESCHUTES RIVER (Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam): Summer steelhead fishing on the Lower Deschutes is fair, as water clarity has improved significantly. Fish are now well-dispersed throughout the river, with good numbers of fish found by anglers from the mouth upstream to the Warm Springs area. Fishing remains good for trout downstream from the Warm Springs Reservation Boundary.

DESCHUTES RIVER (Lake Billy Chinook to Bend): Flows have increased with the end of irrigation season. This will make the river more difficult to wade but often triggers trout to feed more heavily and seek out new territories. Rainbow trout are averaging 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.

FALL RIVER: Fishing is good. The river below the falls closed Sept. 30. The river above the falls is open all year. Fishing is restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

HOOD RIVER: The bulk of the summer steelhead run has passed the fishery in the Hood River, although a few late fish may be present. Anglers may encounter a few stray fin-clipped coho in the lower river, but success will be limited.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Fishing opportunities for post-spawning bull trout are excellent. Anglers are reminded there are small numbers of spring chinook and summer steelhead in Lake Billy Chinook as part of the reintroduction effort.

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: Excellent fall fishing opportunities are available.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: Recent sampling shows there are plenty of trout available ranging from 8 to 16 inches long. The low water may make launching a boat difficult.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: Fishing should be great.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: Shevlin Pond is fishing well and typically fishes well throughout winter if not iced over.

SUTTLE LAKE: Recent fish sampling showed excellent trophy brown trout opportunity. Kokanee fishing is poor.

WALTON LAKE: Fishing has been fair.

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