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Central Zone weekly fishing update Sept. 5

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Central Zone

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Kokanee and brown trout fishing has been very good in the Deschutes River arm of Wickiup Reservoir.
  • Good numbers of chinook have begun showing up in the lower 40 miles of the Deschutes River.
  • Prineville Reservoir offers good opportunities for black crappie and smallmouth bass, which anglers report are bigger than in the last few years.

Warmwater fishing

While trout fishing has slowed in many locations due to high air and water temperatures, warmwater fish like bass, bluegill and yellow perch continue to offer opportunities for good fishing. Our warmwater fishing webpage is a great place to get started, and you’ll find the latest condition updates here in the Recreation Report.

Check fire restrictions before heading afield!

Fire danger is at record levels according to the Oregon Dept of Forestry, which also reports that 35K acres of land under its protection are burning, mostly in SW Oregon. Follow all fire restrictions while hunting, fishing or viewing wildlife and see ODF’s webpage for the latest on restrictions.

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.

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: trout

The boat ramp is out of the water making launching a boat difficult except possibly for small boats. Best success will be had in the deeper water near the dam.

BEND PINE NURSERY POND: trout

Fishing for bluegill is good.

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

No recent reports; likely too warm for trout.

CLEAR LAKE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports

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

No recent reports.

DESCHUTES RIVER: steelhead, redband trout

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

Summer steelhead fishing has been good in the lower Deschutes from the mouth upstream to Sherars Falls. Anglers traveling to the Deschutes should be aware that the White River has been causing visibility problems due to thunderstorms.

Anglers are reminded that Deschutes is currently open to the retention of fall chinook until Oct. 31 from the mouth upstream to Sherars Falls. Good numbers of fall Chinook are starting to show up in the lower 40 miles of the Deschutes. The best fishing is typically just downstream of Sherars Falls.

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 http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/The_Dalles/fish_tag_returns.asp. 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 Middle Deschutes at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/fish_counts/sherars_falls/index.asp.

Lake Billy Chinook to Bend: rainbow trout, brown trout

Flows are typical for irrigation season: approximately 130 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.

Catch-and-release only on all non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout – all rainbow trout with an intact adipose fin must be released.

ODFW released a predacious strain of redband trout native to the Blackwater River in British Columbia. Blackwater redband trout grow quickly and should provide a trophy fishery in years to come. In the short term, catch-and-release regulations will allow the Blackwater trout to grow large enough to prey on the chub.

Blackwater trout have not been adipose fin clipped.  All other stocks of rainbow are adipose-clipped and available for harvest.

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

No recent reports.

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

No recent reports.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead, winter steelhead, spring Chinook

Success has been low on summer steelhead in the Hood River. Warm temperatures are causing Mt. Hood glacial melt, which has created very turbid water making fishing difficult due to low visibility.

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

Bull trout and kokanee anglers should focus on the upper part of the Metolius Arm. 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. Fly anglers should pay close attention to evening hatches of mayflies, as fishing can be excellent during these evening hatches.

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.

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

Due to the low water levels, the ramp is no longer usable and the reservoir is restricted to non-motorized watercraft only. Fishing for bass has been good along the rocks near the dam.

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.

Catch-and-release only on all non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout – all rainbow trout with an intact adipose fin must be released.

ODFW released a predacious strain of redband trout native to the Eagle Lake in British Columbia. Eagle Lake redband trout grow quickly and should provide a trophy fishery in years to come. In the short term, catch-and-release regulations will allow the Eagle Lake trout to grow large enough to prey on the chub.

Eagle Lake trout have not been adipose fin clipped.  All other stocks of rainbow are adipose-clipped and available for harvest.

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. Fishing can still be good for early morning or late evening trout, after the recreational users leave the lake and it begins to calm.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Opportunities for bass and crappie are excellent. Anglers are reporting bigger smallmouth bass than in recent years.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

No recent reports.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Anglers should be aware that the reservoir is being drawn down for irrigation, and will offer very limited opportunity.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Shevlin Pond is fishing well and was stocked last week.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: Rainbow trout

Fishing continues to be good.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

Kokanee and brown trout are beginning to concentrate at the west end of the lake near the mouth of Link Creek. Kokanne are abundant but only average 8 to 10-inches.

TAYLOR LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

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Taylor Lake

Taylor Lake

The lake offers excellent opportunity to catch trophy largemouth bass during the summer. Trout anglers will have to wait for the lake to cool this fall, before fishing for trout.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing has been good.

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

Fishing for kokanee and brown trout in the Deschutes River Arm has been excellent. Kokanee are averaging 2-3 pounds. Anglers are reminded gear is restricted to flies and lures only above the ODFW marker near the West South Twin boat ramp. The section above the marker closes to all angling on September 1. This includes the area around Sheeps Bridge.

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