ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: Current condition of the reservoir is unknown. Please contact the U.S. Forest Service for road conditions at 541-416-6500.
CRESCENT LAKE: Open all year.
CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: The water level will be maintained at winter levels since irrigation season is over. The river is mostly ice free, especially closer to the dam and in the faster-flowing water. Fishing has been slow in the cold weather, and trout numbers per mile are down significantly from recent years. As a reminder, bait is no longer allowed on the river and all trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be immediately released unharmed.
DESCHUTES RIVER (MOUTH TO THE PELTON REGULATING DAM): Spring is in the air on the lower Deschutes. Trout should start getting active and feeding, generally in the middle of the day when air and water temperature peak. Unfortunately, due to expected low returns of spring chinook in the Deschutes basin, spring chinook fishing will remain closed in 2017. By permanent rule, chinook fishing will re-open on Aug. 1.
DESCHUTES RIVER (Lake Billy Chinook to Benham Falls): Open for trout all year. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures. No size or limits on brown trout and no harvest of bull trout.
FALL RIVER: Anglers report fair fishing at the hatchery, but access is still limited in other areas due to snow. Forest Service Road 4060 is not plowed during the winter. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.
HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: The reservoir is currently free of ice, but access is still limited to walk-in only. Limited parking is available near the fishing pier.
HOOD RIVER: Winter steelhead are beginning to pass over Bonneville, and should be showing in the Hood River in decent numbers. In fact, a few bright winter steelhead already have been reported. Predicted warming temperatures should improve success.
LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Angling has been fair for bull trout. Opportunities should improve as adults return to the reservoir after spawning in the Metolius River tributaries. Anglers are reminded there are small numbers of spring chinook, sockeye salmon and summer steelhead in Lake Billy Chinook as part of the reintroduction effort. Please release these fish unharmed.
LAKE SIMTUSTUS: Open year-round.
METOLIUS RIVER: Anglers report fair fishing for bull trout, but access is limited due to snow. Closed to fishing above Allingham Bridge. Fly-fishing only upstream of Bridge 99.
NORTH TWIN LAKE: Highway 42 not plowed west of junction with Highway 43. Open to fishing all year.
OCHOCO RESERVOIR: There are spots of open water as the ice is breaking up. The ice is not safe to walk on. Fishing for trout is usually good following ice off.
ODELL LAKE: Open to fishing all year. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing. All bull trout must be released unharmed.
PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: There are spots of open water as the ice is breaking up. The ice is not safe to walk on. Fishing for trout is usually good following the melting of ice.
PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: For safety reasons, people are not allowed on the ice when the pond is frozen over.
SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: Open to fishing all year. Limit is two trout per day, 8-inch minimum length. Fishing restricted to anglers 17 years old and younger.
SOUTH TWIN LAKE: Highway 42 not plowed west of junction with Highway 43. Open to fishing all year.
SUTTLE LAKE: Open to fishing all year.
WALTON LAKE: Walton is open to fishing year-round, but access to the lake may be impeded by snow. The gate is closed this time of year, so anglers will have to walk to the lake. Check with Ochoco National Forest at 541-416-6500 for information on road conditions.