CENTRAL ZONE FISHING
Weekend fishing opportunities:
This is a great time of year to find trout feeding on the surface of the lower Deschutes River.
Trout fishing on Big Lava Lake has been good with reports of fish up to 18-inches.
On Odell Lake, kokanee fishing has been good with 14 to 18-inch fish being caught.
New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.
2014 trout stocking schedule
The 2014 trout stocking schedule for the High Desert districts have been posted on-line.
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 this Weekly Recreation Report.
ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: trout
Fishing has been fair due to the turbid water. Using scent or lots of flash will help the fish find your offering. The majority of the fish range from 12 to 14-inches long.
BEND PINE NURSERY POND: trout
Stocked with rainbow trout in early April and current regulations allow for a limit of 2 fish per day, 8 inch minimum length. Fishing should be fair for the next few weeks.
BIG LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout
Fishing has been good with reports of rainbow trout ranging from 11 to 18-inches being caught.
BIKINI POND: rainbow trout
The pond has been stocked and should be a great place to go this spring and catch some rainbow trout. Bikini pond is a great place to take kids.
Snow will limit access until late April or early May.
CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, kokanee, largemouth bass
Fishing has been good for rainbow and brook trout. Closed from 1 hour after sunset until 1 hour before sunrise.
CRESCENT LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee
No recent reports
CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout and mountain whitefish
Keep an eye on the gauge to see if the flow is being adjusted. The fishing is usually poor until the flow has had a few days to stabilize. Please be mindful to not trample any redds.
Flows below Bowman Dam.
CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout
No recent reports.
DAVIS LAKE: redband trout, largemouth bass
Restricted to fly angling only with barbless hooks.
:DESCHUTES RIVER; Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam: steelhead, redband trout, whitefish
Some great hatches of early stoneflies, mayflies and caddis should be occurring on the lower Deschutes. This is the best time if the year to find trout feeding on the surface. Good access to fishing can be found in the Maupin area, from Macks Canyon upstream to the Locked Gate. The highest densities of trout are from Oak Springs upstream to the Locked Gate.
The Deschutes will open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook from April 15, 2014 through July 31, 2014 from the mouth of the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls. The catch limit will be two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon per day, and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day.
Anglers, who catch a tagged hatchery steelhead with an orange anchor tag, are encouraged to report catch information to ODFW at 541-296-4628. 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
Water levels have dropped due to irrigation season. Angling restricted to artificial flies and lures.
EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, Atlantic salmon, kokanee
Catch-and-release for non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout. Check on current accessibility as winter conditions may still exist.
FALL RIVER: rainbow trout
River will be stocked with rainbow trout the week of April 28. Depending on weather conditions, some good mid-day hatches have been reported. Restricted to fly fishing only with barbless hooks. Open all year upstream of the falls.
Snow will limit access until mid May.
HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill
No recent reports.
HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead, winter steelhead, spring Chinook
Winter steelhead fishing on the Hood is at its peak for the season. Lots of fresh fish have been coming over Bonneville and good river conditions should make a good combo for great fishing the remainder of April.
The Hood River will open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook from April 15, 2014 through June 30, 2014 from the mouth to mainstem confluence with the East Fork, and the West Fork from the confluence with the mainstem upstream to the angling deadline 200 feet downstream of Punchbowl Falls. Anglers should expect good numbers of spring Chinook in the lower Hood River by mid to late May.
The catch limit will be two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon per day, and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day.
HOSMER LAKE: Atlantic salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat
Check on current accessibility as winter conditions may still exist.
LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: bull trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass
Anglers are still reporting easy limits of kokanee throughout the entire reservoir. Bull trout fishing has been fair with anglers mostly catching undersized fish.
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.
LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass
No recent reports.
LITTLE LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout
No recent reports.
LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout
Lake is frozen. Snow will limit access.
METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout
Fishing has been fair with reports of decent nymphing. On warmer afternoons and evenings, small hatches are being reported.
The Metolius River upstream of Allingham Bridge is closed to all angling until fourth Saturday in May.
NORTH TWIN: rainbow trout
Fishing has been fair with moderate pressure on the weekends.
OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout
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
Trout anglers are reporting slow fishing. Recent sampling indicates the crappie and bass are staging in the shallow coves.
ODELL LAKE: kokanee, lake trout, rainbow trout
Fishing has been good with 14 to 18-inch kokanee being caught. In addition, fishing was fair for lake trout, with some fish 20 to 35-inches being reported. Twenty-five kokanee per day (no size limits) in addition to other trout species catch limit. Trout daily catch limit may include only 1 lake trout, 30 inch minimum length.
PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee
Catch-and-release on non-adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout. Check on current accessibility as winter conditions may still exist.
PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
The reservoir is warming up and has been stocked, so fishing should be great.
PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout and largemouth bass
Fishing has been slow to fair for trout up to 18 inches in length.
PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass
Fishing should be good for the recently released trout.
ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
The reservoir has been stocked and should be a great place to go this spring and catch some rainbow trout. The reservoir is warming up and has been stocked, so fishing should be great.
SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout
Stocked with rainbow trout the week of May 5. Fishing should be good for the next few weeks. Two trout per day, 8 inch minimum length. Fishing restricted to juvenile anglers 17-years-old and younger.
SOUTH TWIN LAKE: Rainbow trout
Open to fishing beginning April 26.
SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee
Fishing has been fair for kokanee and should improve with warmer weather.
TAYLOR LAKE: rainbow trout and largemouth bass
Taylor has been stocked and there should be good fishing for rainbows.
WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout
No recent reports.
WICKIUP RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, largemouth bass.
Fishing has been good with reports of 14 to 18-inch kokanee being caught. Twenty-five kokanee (no size limits) in addition to other trout species catch limit. Closed from 1 hour after sunset until 1 hour before sunrise.