Central Oregon 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. This report was last updated on April 9. For the most recent report, visit www.dfw.state.or.us/RR/central.

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: Flows have increased significantly now that Prineville Reservoir is full. The fishing is usually poor until the flows have had a few days to stabilize.

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.

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

HOOD RIVER: Winter steelhead fishing is at its peak for the season. Lots of fresh fish have been coming over Bonneville, and good river conditions should make a good combo for great fishing the remainder of April.

HOSMER LAKE: Rainbow and cutthroat trout are now available for harvest.

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: 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 only; two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

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

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: The reservoir is warming up and has been stocked, so fishing should be great.

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

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

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: The reservoir has been stocked and should be a great place to go this spring and catch some rainbow trout. The reservoir is warming up and has been stocked, so fishing should be great.

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

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