Central Oregon fishing report

Published Apr 2, 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:

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: Fishing has been fair. The water level is to the bottom of the paved portion of the ramp. Water clarity is low. Using scent or lots of flash will help the fish find your offering. The majority of the fish range from 12- to 14-inches long.

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

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: Fishing for trout has been good. The section around Big Bend has been receiving heavy pressure from anglers. Look farther downstream for more solitude and equally good fishing.

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 has beeb closed since the end of September.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: Trout fishing has been slow to fair. The bass and bluegill will become more active as the water warms.

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.

HOSMER LAKE: Rainbow and cutthroat trout are now available in Hosmer.

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

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 RESERVOIR: Trout fishing has been slow to fair. The bass and crappie will become more active as the water warms.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: Fishing has been slow to fair for trout up to 18-inches long.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: Holdover trout are still available, and some bass have been seen cruising the shallows.

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