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Fishing report for central zone

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Central Zone

FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Water levels have been steady and fishing has been good on the Crooked River.
  • Trout fishing in the upper Deschutes River between Lake Billy Chinook and Bend often picks up during increased flows, which are happening now.
  • Anglers are catching a few winter steelhead in the Hood River, and that number will increase as the season progresses.
  • Taylor Lake, near The Dalles, has been recently stocked and should offer some good trout fishing.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed, it’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These waterbodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is not accessible by vehicle due to the snow on the roads.

BEND PINE NURSERY POND: trout

The most recent stocking was in late September with a number of one pound rainbow released.

BIG LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout

Closed to fishing until spring.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

The pond has received its fall stocking, and should provide anglers with good fall fishing opportunity.

CLEAR LAKE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Water level in reservoir is at low levels due to irrigation demand. Recent snow will limit access.

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, kokanee, largemouth bass

Closed to fishing until spring.

CRESCENT LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee

Opportunities for rainbow and brown trout are good.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout and mountain whitefish

Fishing for trout has been good. Water levels have been consistent and fish are feeding on small mayfly and midge nymphs. The use of bait is prohibited until May 2013. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

Flows below Bowman Dam.

A sample of redband trout and mountain whitefish are tagged with a numbered floy tag protruding from the back. Anglers who catch a trout or whitefish with a floy tag are encouraged to release the fish with the tag intact after recording the tag color and number, fish length and location caught. Anglers can send the information to ODFW at (541) 447-5111 ext. 24 or timothy.k.porter@state.or.us.

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

No recent reports.

DAVIS LAKE: redband trout, largemouth bass

Inaccessible due to snow.

DESCHUTES RIVER: steelhead, redband trout

Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam: steelhead, redband trout, whitefish

Trout fishing remains good for trout downstream from the Warm Springs Reservation Boundary. Best trout fishing typically occurs around midday, as the best light reaches the canyon floor. Fly anglers will find best success with nymphs along with egg patterns for trout and whitefish. Anglers are reminded trout fishing is closed upstream from the Warm Springs Reservation Boundary.

Anglers should note that fall chinook salmon retention closed on the Deschutes Nov. 1.

Anglers, who catch a tagged hatchery steelhead with an orange anchor tag, are encouraged to report catch information to ODFW at 541-296-4628 or via the internetAnglers catching a tagged wild fish should release it immediately without recording any information.

Anglers can check the trap the seasons catch at Sherars Falls as an indicator of fish movement in the Deschutes The Sherars Falls trap went offline for the season Nov. 2.

Lake Billy Chinook to Bend: rainbow trout, brown trout

Flows have increased with the end of irrigation season. This will make the river more difficult to wade but often triggers trout to feed more heavily and seek out new territories. Rainbow trout average 10 to 16-inches, while brown trout up to 26-inches are available. Anglers will find better access downstream of Lower Bridge. Remains open year round; however, gear is restricted to artificial flies and lures only.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, Atlantic salmon, kokanee

Closed to fishing until spring.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

No recent reports. The river below the falls closed on Sept. 30. The river above the falls is open all year. Fishing is restricted to fly fishing only with barbless hooks.

FROG LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports. Snow will limit access.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

No recent reports.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead, winter steelhead

Anglers are catching a few early winter steelhead, the fishing will continue to get better as the winter progresses. Anglers are reporting the best success on bait due to the cold water temperatures.

HOSMER LAKE: Atlantic salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout

Inaccessible due to snow.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: bull trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass

Fishing for bull trout has been fair. 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. The Metolius Arm closed to fishing Oct. 31.

LITTLE LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent reports.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

No recent reports. Anglers should check with the USFS Hood River Ranger Station for 541-352-6002 concerning access.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Trout fishing has been good. Insect hatches should offer lots of opportunities for good dry fly fishing. Angling for post spawning bull trout should be excellent. Large streamer flies fished in the deeper pools and slots are the best bet.

The mainstem above the Allingham Bridge closed to fishing Oct. 31.

NORTH TWIN: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

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: rainbow trout

Ice fishing on Ochoco Reservoir is not recommended.

ODELL LAKE: kokanee, lake trout, rainbow trout

Closed to fishing until spring.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Closed to fishing until spring.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports; might be frozen.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

There is no ice near the dam near Powderhouse Cove. Fishing has been slow but the trout that are being caught have been large.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Due to safety concerns, no one is allowed to be on the ice.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports; likely frozen.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Shevlin Pond is fishing well and typically fishes well throughout winter if not iced over.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: Rainbow trout

Closed to fishing until spring.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

No recent reports

TAYLOR LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Taylor Lake has been recently stocked, and has provided consistent catches of rainbow trout.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

WICKIUP RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, largemouth bass.

Closed to fishing until next spring.

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