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 boat ramp is out of the water, making launching a boat difficult, except possibly for small boats. Best success will be had in the deeper water near the dam.

BIG LAVA LAKE: Anglers are having good success with rainbow trout in the 12- to 18-inch range making up most of the catch. All gear types are producing fish. Closes to fishing Oct. 31.

CRESCENT LAKE: Opportunities for rainbow and brown trout are fair

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing for 10- to 16-inch rainbow has been excellent. Anglers using nymph patterns are having the greatest success. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead.

DESCHUTES RIVER (Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam): Summer steelhead fishing has been good in the lower Deschutes from the mouth upstream. Fish are now well dispersed upstream to Warm Springs. Recent dry weather has provided excellent water conditions for fishing.

EAST LAKE: Rainbow trout fishing has been good. Brown trout are also available. All gear types are resulting in success. Closes to fishing Oct. 31.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Bull trout and kokanee anglers should focus on the upper part of the Metolius Arm. Kokanee angling is slow. 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. Fishing for bull trout should be fair. Large streamer flies fished in the deeper pools and slots are the best bet. The Metolius River upstream of Allingham Bridge is fly-fishing only and all species are catch-and-release. This area closes to fishing Oct. 31.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: Due to the low water levels, the ramp is no longer usable and the reservoir is restricted to nonmotorized watercraft only. Fishing for bass has been good along the rocks near the dam.

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 how to distinguish between these two species. Closes to fishing Oct. 31.

PAULINA LAKE: Kokanee and rainbow trout fishing is fair. Large brown trout are also available. Catch-and-release only on all non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout – all rainbow trout with an intact adipose fin must be released. Closes to fishing Oct. 31.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: Opportunities for bass and crappie are excellent. Anglers are reporting bigger smallmouth bass than in recent years.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: Fishing has been fair. Closes to fishing Oct. 31.

SUTTLE LAKE: Fishing for kokanee has been fair while fishing for brown trout has remained consistent.

WALTON LAKE: Fishing has been good.

WICKIUP RESERVOIR: Fishing for kokanee and brown trout in the Deschutes River Arm has been fair. Kokanee are averaging 2 to 3 pounds. Closed above the ODFW marker near the West South Twin boat ramp. This includes the area around Sheeps Bridge. Entire reservoir closes to fishing Oct. 31.