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Central Zone weekly fishing report

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Central Zone

CENTERAL ZONE FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

Trout fishing continues to be good on Big Lava, Crane Prairie, Odell and North and South Twin lakes.

Fishing for trout and kokanee at Haystack Reservoir has been excellent while Ochoco Reservoir has been turning out 18-inch rainbows.

South Twin lake has been chosen as a venue for Cabela’s “Fish for Milions” promotion, which begans Saturday, May 4 and continues through July 7. Rainbow trout have been tagged with spaghetti tags that could be worth up to $2 million to the angler lucky enough to catch one. For more information and to register.

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ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: trout

The roads leading to the reservoir are clear. Fishing has been fair due to the turbidity but anglers are reporting catching large trout.

BEND PINE NURSERY POND: trout

The pond has been stocked and fishing is good.

BIG LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake is accessible and fishing has been good.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

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

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

Anglers are catching large brook trout, kokanee and rainbows.

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 will probably be slow with the current flow conditions. Fishing will be better once the flows are lower and stable during the irrigation season. The trout may be spawning now so anglers are reminded to be careful if wading so as to not trample the redds. 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

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, and the famous Deschutes salmonfly hatch should be starting in the near future.

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. Anglers catching a tagged wild fish should release it immediately without recording any information.

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

Not accessible as of May 7.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

The river above the falls is open all year; the river below the falls opens May 25. Fishing is restricted to fly fishing only with barbless hooks.

FROG LAKE: rainbow trout

Snow will limit access.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Fishing has been excellent for large trout and kokanee.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead, winter steelhead, spring chinook

Anglers are catching good numbers of winter steelhead, as the run peaks in the river in the next few weeks. Anglers are reporting the best success on bait, but spinners and other artificial baits are also effective. Few spring chinook have been caught recently, but recent numbers over Bonneville have substantially improved and catch in the Hood River should improve.

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.

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 good. Catch rates are up compared to this time last year. The Metolius Arm is open to fishing again and there are good numbers of legal-sized bull trout. 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

Inaccessible due to snow. 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

Fishing is good.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

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.

ODELL LAKE: kokanee, lake trout, rainbow trout

Anglers are reporting large catches of kokanee.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Should be acccessible May 10.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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 slow but the trout that were caught were large.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

No recent reports but the trout are active.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Shevlin Pond is fishing well.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: Rainbow trout

Fishing continues to be excellent.

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.

Fishing season opened April 27. No recent reports.

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