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Central Zone hunting report, April 17

OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31) CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR

Central Zone fishing report, April 17

CENTRAL ZONE FISHING Kokonee fishing on Lake Billy Chinook continues to be excellent! This is a great time of year to find trout feeding on the surface of the lower Deschutes River. It’s peak winter steelhead season on the Hood River. Pine Hollow and Rock Springs reservoirs have been stocked and, with water temperatures getting warmer, fishing should be good.

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Central Zone weekly hunting update Sept. 5

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, ARCHERY DEER & ELK, FOREST GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE, QUAIL (Wasco and Hood River Counties only)

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Central Zone weekly fishing update Sept. 5

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.

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

Cougar - Open all year or until zone mortality quotas have been met. Look for areas that have recent deer and elk activity. Focus your efforts along migration routes, and along rim rocks and canyons. Look for fresh tracks or kills to increase success. Deer are down on the Wildlife Area for the winter so it is a good area to look for cougars. Coyote - Hunters should be looking in open areas along the eastern perimeter of the wildlife area. Open fields can provide good calling opportunities on the area.

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

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.

Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Wasco and Sherman counties Osprey can be seen nesting along the Columbia River, as well as swallows. The Lower Deschutes River provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities. California Bighorn Sheep are frequently observed in the canyon and can provide fantastic viewing this time of year. The best spot to view sheep is from the BLM access road just downstream and across the river from Sherar’s Falls (along Hwy 216).

Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

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. 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.

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

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.

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

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. 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.

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Bird watching is not just limited to wild places, as residents and visitors to Bend can watch an osprey pair nesting adjacent to the Parkway that runs through Bend. Sandhill cranes have been spotted in a meadow near Sisters and at the Ryan Ranch area along the Deschutes River; above Dillon Falls. And Vaux’s swifts can be seen flying over the former Bend library at 507 NW Wall St., and disappearing into the chimney at dusk.

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Crook County The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) North shore road is open to motorized traffic. The WMA offers camping, shoreline angling and opportunities to see a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office and at Prineville Reservoir State Park office.

Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout fishing on the Crooked River has been very good. Almost all the Cascade lakes are accessible and trout fishing should be good! The stonefly hatches (some the best in years) are underway on the lower Deschutes River.

Weekly fishing reports for Oregon

Weekly fishing reports for Willamette, central, southeast, northeast, Columbia and marine zones. Great trout fishing continues The stars are aligning for some good trout fishing in the next few weeks. Water temperatures in lakes and reservoirs are still relatively cool, lots of trout have been stocked for both the Memorial Day and Free Fishing weekends, coastal rivers are now open for native cutthroat fishing and the weather looks good. Check out the latest updates in the Recreation Report to help plan your next fishing adventure.

Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

CENTRAL ZONE VIEWING Crook County The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) North shore road is now open to motorized traffic. The WMA offers camping, shoreline angling and opportunities to see a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office and at Prineville Reservoir State Park office.

Central Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. BEAR AND TURKEY SEASONS CLOSED MAY 31

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

CENTRAL ZONE VIEWING Crook County The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) North shore road is now open to motorized traffic. The WMA offers camping, shoreline angling and opportunities to see a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office and at Prineville Reservoir State Park office.

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

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.

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Central Zone wildlife viewing report

CENTRAL ZONE VIEWING Crook County The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) North shore road is now open to motorized traffic. The WMA offers camping, shoreline angling and opportunities to see a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office and at Prineville Reservoir State Park office.

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

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.

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

CENTRAL ZONE VIEWING Crook County The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) North shore road is now open to motorized traffic. The WMA offers camping, shoreline angling and opportunities to see a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office and at Prineville Reservoir State Park office.

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Spring chinook on the Hood River opened on April 15. Big Lava, Crane Prairie, Odell and North and South Twin lakes all reported great fishing over opening weekend. Fishing for trout and kokanee at Haystack Reservoir has been excellent while Ochoco Reservoir has been turning out 18-inch rainbows.

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Wasco and Sherman counties The Lower Deschutes River provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities. California Bighorn Sheep are frequently observed in the canyon and can provide fantastic viewing this time of year. The best spot to view sheep is from the BLM access road just downstream and across the river from Sherar’s Falls (along Hwy 216).

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Spring chinook on the Hood River opened on April 15. Pinehollow and Rock Creek reservoirs have been stocked recently and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Mann Lake continues to put our 16-inch cutthroats. The best fishing on Thompson Reservoir can be in the spring when water temperatures remain below 65 F.

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY Spring turkey hunting forecast Spring bear hunting forecast

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Spring chinook on the Hood River opened on April 15. Pinehollow and Rock Creek reservoirs have been stocked recently and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Fishing continues to be excellent on the Crooked River. The winter steelhead season continues on the Hood River. Pinehollow and Rock Creek reservoirs have been stocked recently and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

Central Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR (see regs, controlled seasons open April 1 and April 15), SPRING TURKEY (opens April 15)

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Wasco and Sherman counties Vultures, with their distinctive "V" shaped wing pattern, are back and can be seen patrolling the areas roads and rivers. Ground squirrels are now visible on warmer days, grey squirrels are out and about as well, often spotted in the pine and oak habitat of the Cascade foothills.

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Central Zone wildlife viewing weekly report

Wasco and Sherman counties The Lower Deschutes River provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities. California Bighorn Sheep are frequently observed in the canyon and can provide fantastic viewing this time of year. The best spot to view sheep is from the BLM access road just downstream and across the river from Sherar’s Falls (along Hwy 216).

Central Zone hunting weekly report

Spring bear season opens Some parts of Oregon opened to spring bear hunting on April 1. Find out what to expect in the spring bear hunting forecast. Get ready for turkey season Spring turkey season opens April 15, with a youth only season next weekend (April 13-14). Tips for beginners.

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Fishing continues to be excellent on the Crooked River. The winter steelhead season continues on the Hood River. Pinehollow and Rock Creek reservoirs have been stocked recently and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

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Central Zone Fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities:  Fishing continues to be excellent on the Crooked River.  The winter steelhead season continues on the Hood River.  Pinehollow and Rock Creek reservoirs have been stocked recently and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

Central zone fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing

Detailed information on fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing in Oregon's Central Zone.

Central zone fishing report, updated March 5

Water levels have been steady and fishing has been good on the Crooked River. Trout fishing in the upper Deschutes River between Lake Billy Chinook and Bend often picks up during increased flows, which are happening now. Anglers are catching a few winter steelhead in the Hood River, and that number will increase as the season progresses. The Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook has re-opened to fishing and there are good numbers of legal-sized bull trout.

Fishing report for central zone

Weekend fishing opportunities: Water levels have been steady and fishing has been good on the Crooked River. Trout fishing in the upper Deschutes River between Lake Billy Chinook and Bend often picks up during increased flows, which are happening now. Anglers are catching a few winter steelhead in the Hood River, and that number will increase as the season progresses. Taylor Lake, near The Dalles, has been recently stocked and should offer some good trout fishing.

Wildlife viewing opportunities in Oregon's central zone

Wildlife viewing opportunities for Oregon's central zone, including Sherman and Wasco counties.

Hunting reports for Oregon's central zone

Hunting reports and information for Oregon's central zone, provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Oregon's central zone fishing report

Fishing reports from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for Oregon's central zone.

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Fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities detailed

ODFW report details fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities in Oregon's central and Columbia River zones.

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