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A great weekend for trout fishing

Not only is it Memorial Day Weekend (an extra day for fishing!) but several western Oregon rivers and streams open for trout fishing this Saturday. In addition, several waterbodies will be getting extra stocked trout for the holiday weekend.

Next weekend looks good, too

Free Fishing Weekend is June 1 and 2 – you won’t need a license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state. This is a great time to take a friend or family member fishing! If you’re new to fishing check out the list of Free Fishing Weekend events. If you’re striking out on your own, the 2013 Spring Fishing Guide can help you pick a place to go.


Weekend fishing opportunities:

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

South Twin lake has been chosen as a venue for Cabela’s “Fish for Milions” promotion, which began 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.

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.

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 reservoir also received a load of catchable-size trout this week.


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.


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. The resort owner reports some of the best fishing he has seen in many years, particularly for brook trout. Anglers are reporting success with flies, lures and bait.

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 good. 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 25. Trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed.

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, 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 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

Is currently accessible. Opportunities for rainbow and brown trout as well as kokanee are good.

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 good for large 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. No recent reports on angler success.

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 smallmouth bass should start picking up with the warmer weather. 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. 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.


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.

ODELL LAKE: kokanee, lake trout, rainbow trout

Anglers are reporting large catches of kokanee. Anglers targeting lake trout are also having success. Early season provides the best opportunity for lake trout.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Currently accessible. Water temperature is cool but kokanee and rainbow trout angling is fair and should improve.


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

No recent reports but the trout are active.


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

The lake was stocked with a load of 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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