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:
CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing has been good with the warmer weather. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead.
DESCHUTES RIVER (Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam): Anglers can still find some summer steelhead around the Maupin area of the Deschutes. Water temperatures remain in the low 40s, which should keep both steelhead and rainbow trout active for both fly and gear fishermen. Try fishing in the middle of the day when water temps are the warmest.
FALL RIVER: Depending on weather conditions, some good mid-day hatches have been reported. Restricted to fly fishing only with barbless hooks. The river below the falls closed at the end of September.
HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: The west end of the reservoir has some thin ice. The rest of the reservoir is ice-free. Fish should be most active in the late afternoon as the water warms up.
HOOD RIVER: A few early winter run steelhead are entering the river. These fish are typically chromers. Try fishing in midafternoon when the daily water temps are peaking. The first flush of water of the year just occurred which should bring some fresh fish.
LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: The Metolius Arm is now closed to fishing. Fishing has been good for kokanee and bull trout. 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.
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.
METOLIUS RIVER: Fishing for bull trout and redsides has been decent. The Metolius River upstream of Allingham Bridge is closed to all angling until fourth Saturday in May.
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 west end of the reservoir is iced over. The east end from about the beach and upstream has large portions of open water.
PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: The upper reservoir is covered with ice but the lower reservoir near the dam is ice-free. Fishing has been slow for bank anglers fishing the open water.
PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: The pond is covered in ice and will remain closed until the ice melts. For safety reasons, no one is allowed on the ice.
TAYLOR LAKE: The ice is gone and water temperatures are warming. This should make the trout more active and offer good opportunity to catch some winter trout.