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Central Zone weekly fishing report


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Weekend fishing opportunities:

Trout fishing on the Crooked River continues to be very good.

Kokanee fishing in Crane Prairie Reservoir is the best it’s been in years. Trout fishing has been pretty good, too!

East Lake has been HOT, with some of the best trout fishing in years.

Warm water temperatures increase stress to fish

With the advent of warm summer water temperatures (70 degrees and more), anglers can reduce the stress to fish by taking the following precautions when catching and releasing fish:

Fish during the cooler times of the day, usually mornings and evenings

Use barbless hooks, play and land the fish quickly

When releasing wild fish, keep them in the water as much as possible

Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.


The reservoir has been very turbid, which has negatively impacted the fishing. Anglers trolling hardware seem to be having the most success. Recent sampling suggests most of the trout average around 12-inches long with a good number of trout around 20-inches long available.


The pond has been stocked and fishing is good for bluegill and fair for trout. A Small number of bass are also available.

BIG LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers are having good success with rainbow trout in the 12 to 18-inch range making up most of the catch. All gear types are producing fish.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked this spring and should provide bank anglers with good spring fishing opportunity.


Clear Lake has been stocked and should be a great opportunity for spring trout fishing. Anglers are most successful in Clear Lake early in the spring while the reservoir is full of water.

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

Anglers are catching large brook trout, kokanee and rainbows. Anglers are reporting success with flies, lures and bait. Kokanee in the 16-18-inch range are showing up in good numbers resulting in the best fishing for this species in Crane in many years. With the warmer weather anglers should concentrate their efforts in the old channels.

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 10-16 inch rainbow has been excellent. Recent sampling by ODFW indicates very strong populations of both rainbow trout and mountain whitefish. Trout over 20-inches are considered steelhead.

Flows below Bowman Dam.

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

No recent reports.

DAVIS LAKE: redband trout, largemouth bass

Anglers are catching trout near the mouth of Odell Creek.

DESCHUTES RIVER: steelhead, redband trout

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

Good to excellent reports of trout fishing from the Deschutes above Maupin were reported. Best trout fishing typically occurs around midday, as the best light reaches the canyon floor. Fly anglers will find best success with mayfly and caddis patterns. Anglers have reported the best stonefly hatches in years on the Deschutes.

Anglers are reminded that Deschutes is currently closed to the retention of spring Chinook. 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 internet at Anglers 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 at: The Sherars Falls trap went offline for the season Nov. 2.

Lake Billy Chinook to Bend: rainbow trout, brown trout

Flows are typical for irrigation season: approximately 150 cfs above Lower Bridge and 400-500 downstream. 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

Rainbow trout fishing has been excellent. Anglers are reporting the best action in many years. Brown trout are also available. All gear types are resulting in success. ODFW is continuing its chub removal efforts in East Lake.

Anglers are reminded that if they are keeping rainbow trout, only adipose fin-clipped trout may be retained.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

Fishing is restricted to fly fishing only with barbless hooks. Fall River is periodically stocked with hatchery rainbow trout throughout the summer months.

FROG LAKE: rainbow trout

Frog Lake has been stocked and should offer great fishing for trout.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill

Fishing has been good for warmwater species with anglers still catching some trout and kokanee.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead, winter steelhead, spring Chinook

Spring Chinook season opened on the Hood River on April 15, 2013 and will remain open until June 30, 2013. Anglers may retain two adipose fin clipped adult Chinook and five fin clipped jack Chinook.

Anglers are reporting some success on spring Chinook from the mouth upstream to Punchbowl Falls.

HOSMER LAKE: Atlantic salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat

Rainbow and cutthroat trout are now available in Hosmer. Anglers are reporting good action on both. These species are available for harvest. Opportunities for Atlantic salmon and brook trout continue to be good.

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

Opportunities for 8 to 10-inch smallmouth bass are excellent. Bull trout fishing continues to be excellent with good numbers of fish in the 18-24 inch range. Kokanee angling is fair. A tribal angling permit is required in the Metolius Arm. Please check the special regulations for this area.

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.

LITTLE LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent reports.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

The lake has been stocked and should be great fishing for newly stocked and hold over trout.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

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

The Metolius River upstream of Allingham Bridge is fly fishing only and all species are catch-and-release.

NORTH TWIN: rainbow trout

Fishing is good.


Fishing for trout has been good for trout averaging 8 to 10 inches.

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

Fishing for trout has been good. Anglers are reporting trout up to 18-inches long. Recent sampling indicated there is a good number of trout averaging 12 to 14-inches long available, and some nice bass and crappie on the south shore.

ODELL LAKE: kokanee, lake trout, rainbow trout

Kokanee angling is fair with most fish in the 11-13 inch range. Lake trout are available in the deeper water. Bull trout are also present and must be released unharmed. Anglers are remindend to be familiar with the difference between these two species.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Kokanee and rainbow trout fishing is very good. Catch and release only on non-fin clipped rainbow trout. Large brown trout are also available


The reservoir has been stocked and should offer anglers a great chance to catch recently stocked legal and brood-size rainbow trout.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Fishing has been good and the trout that have been caught were large. Bass and crappie fishing has been picking up in the east end of the reservoir.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Bass fishing has been good.


The reservoir has been stocked and should offer anglers a great chance to catch recently stocked legal and brood-size rainbow trout. Anglers should be aware that the reservoir may be drawn down for irrigation.


Shevlin Pond is fishing well and was stocked last week.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: Rainbow trout

Fishing continues to be good. South Twin was stocked with 500 one pound trout last week.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

Anglers are reporting good numbers of large brown trout. Trolling in approximately 30 feet of water is effective. Kokanee are abundant but average size is small

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

Fishing has been good for catchable and larger-sized trout. There are also some holdover fish up to 20-inches long available.

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

Fish are scattered, but anglers are reporting catches of 18-20 kokanee as well as a few large brown trout.


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