Trout fishing opportunities abound in this zone, known for its high desert climate, sage-covered canyons, glacial peaks and mountain lakes. Anglers will find year-round trout fishing in the Deschutes, Metolius, Fall and Crooked rivers, while several central Oregon lakes and reservoirs are renowned for their trout and kokanee fishing – and their beauty. The Hood and lower Deschutes – both tributaries of the Columbia River – offer high desert fishing for Chinook salmon and summer steelhead.
Five fish per day, open all year, no more than one over 20-inches
Two fish per day, open May 22-Oct. 31, no more than one over 20-inches
Included in trout limits
Two adult salmon/steelhead per day (in aggregate), seasons vary – see regulations for the waterbody you’d like to fish
Five fish per day, no more than three over 15-inches
Anglers can take on native redband (rainbow) trout in renowned rivers like the Metolius and lower Deschutes, or target hatchery fish stocked in the area’s scenic, cold-water lakes that offer fine fishing throughout the summer. When winter arrives, anglers can enjoy a unique bull trout fishery on the Metolius River.
The lower Deschutes, a tributary of the Columbia River, hosts one of the most famous summer steelhead runs in the state. Early fish enter the river in July and anglers will still be catching steelhead as late as December. The nearby Hood River has the state’s eastern-most winter steelhead run from February to June.
Kokanee are landlocked sockeye salmon and they can flourish in the zone’s deep, cold-water lakes. They are prized table fare, and popular fisheries include Crescent, East, Paulina and Odell lakes, Wickiup Reservoir and Lake Billy Chinook.