Central Oregon fishing report

Published Mar 26, 2014 at 12:01AM

Here is the weekly fishing report for selected areas in and around Central Oregon, provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife:

CLEAR LAKE: Snow will limit access until late April or early May.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing has been excellent for trout, especially during the midday hatches.

FALL RIVER: Depending on weather conditions, some good midday hatches have been reported. Restricted to fly-fishing with barbless hooks. Fall River below the falls closed at the end of September.

FROG LAKE: Snow will limit access until mid May.

HOOD RIVER: The bulk of the winter steelhead run is entering the Hood River and the end of March to the end of April will be prime for catching a big Hood winter steelhead. Anglers have been reporting some bright beautiful fish. The Hood River will be open for adipose fin-clipped chinook from April 15 through June 30. The catch limit will be two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon per day, and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Fishing for bull trout was slow but fishing for kokanee was excellent.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: The reservoir is now open to fishing year-round. Anglers will need both a tribal fishing license and a fishing license from ODFW. The reservoir is stocked annually with 30,000 rainbow trout and has a decent, self-sustaining population of smallmouth bass.

LOST LAKE: Lake is frozen. Snow will limit access.

METOLIUS RIVER: Winter fishing is usually best on mild days when the temperature reaches above the high 40s.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures; two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: The trout will be more active as the water warms and the adults get ready to spawn.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: Fishing has been fair for trout up to 18 inches in length.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: The pond is open and any holdover fish from last season should be pretty active.

TAYLOR LAKE: Taylor has been stocked and there should be good fishing for rainbows.