Recreation Report

Central Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of August 7, 2018

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

Effective August 9, 2018, angling for all species is prohibited in the Deschutes River from markers at the lower end of Moody Rapids downstream to the confluence with the Columbia River.

map of the Columbia closure at the mouth of the Deschutes
Columbia closure at mouth of Deschutes

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Bend (541) 388-6363
  • The Dalles (541) 296-4628
  • Prineville (541) 447-5111
Recreation Report

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Access to trout and steelhead fishing remains open on the lower Deschutes, but many popular campsites burned in the recent fires. Anglers who are fishing report it’s been good.
  • The Fall River is regularly stocked with trout and can be a good destination for summer fishing.
  • Metolius Pond, a new ODFW pond is open for youth and disabled anglers near Wizard Falls Hatchery, opened this week.
  • Badger and Devils lakes are scheduled to be stocked this week.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Fishing during blue-green algae blooms

Oregon sees an increase in algae blooms in lakes, rivers and reservoirs during the summer. Not all algae blooms are harmful, but blooms caused by cyanobateria (blue-green algae) can cause serious illness in pets and humans. The Oregon Health Authority issues Harmful Algae Bloom Advisories and offers these guidelines for fishing during an algae bloom.

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Spring sampling indicated many fish available in the reservoir with an average length of 14- to 16-inches. Recently stocked with trophy trout averaging 3 pounds each.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BADGER LAKE: trout

Badger offers a great opportunity for some deep woods fishing. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving to the lake.

Check 2018 stocking schedule for Badger Lake.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports, but warm air and water temperatures have probably made fishing a challenge.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CENTURY GRAVEL POND: rainbow trout

The pond is located ¼ mile west of the junction of USFS Rd 46 (Century Drive) and USFS Rd 4635.

CLEAR LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked and fishing should be excellent. The lake is an irrigation reservoir and will be drawn down as the summer progresses.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, kokanee

Water temperatures are very warm so catch-and-release anglers should release fish quickly. All wild (unmarked) rainbow trout must be released.

CRESCENT LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee

No recent fishing reports. Open to fishing all year. One lake trout per day, 24-inch minimum length.

CROOKED RIVER: redband trout, mountain whitefish

Sampling this spring indicates both redband trout and mountain whitefish populations are very strong. Opportunities for 10- to 14-inch trout are excellent.

CULTUS LAKE, Big: rainbow trout, lake trout

Open to fishing all year.

Check 2018 stocking schedule.

DESCHUTES RIVER, MOUTH TO THE PELTON REGULATING DAM: redband trout, summer steelhead, whitefish        

Steelhead fishing is picking up in the lower 20 miles of the Deschutes. The 2018 run is already ahead of last year’s poor return. Anglers should expect steelhead numbers and fishing to peak in late August and early September.

Anglers should be aware that a wildfire burned the lower 30 miles of the Deschutes Canyon. The fire burned most of the riparian corridor, traditional campsites and some out-houses. Access and fishing are not affected, but camping in this area will be difficult.

Fall Chinook fishing will open on Aug. 1, as stated in the 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, page 53.

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.

Counts at the Sherars Falls salmon and steelhead trap. The trap is only in operation from July to the end of October. Trapping has ended at Sherars Falls for the season.

Lake Billy Chinook to Benham Falls: rainbow trout, brown trout

Open for trout all year. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures. No size or limits on brown trout and no harvest of bull trout.

Benham Falls upstream to Little Lava Lake:

Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures only.

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake will be stocked the week of Aug. 7 with rainbow trout. Open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Anglers report good fishing. Open to fishing all year. Wild (unmarked) rainbow trout must be released.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

No recent fishing reports. Open to fishing all year. Kokanee limit is 25 per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout, brown trout

River was stocked the week of July 23 with rainbow trout. Anglers report consistently good fishing throughout the river. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing with barbless hooks only.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

FROG LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports.

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

The reservoir was stocked this spring with 8,500 legal-size Deschutes stock steelhead, as well as 75 brood rainbow stock. No recent fishing reports.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HOOD RIVER: steelhead

A few summer steelhead might be around in the lower Hood River.

Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to angle for or harvest fall Chinook in the Hood River.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout

Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch-and-release for all species.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

KINGSLEY RESERVOIR:

Due to dam reconstruction, Kingsley Reservoir will be closed to the public in 2018 and 2019.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: bull, brown and rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass

Bull trout fishing is good in the Metolius arm and fair in the Deschutes and Crooked arms. Kokanee fishing is also good in the Metolius arm and fair in the Deschutes and Crooked arms. Kokanee are averaging 9-inches long. Bass fishing has been great in all three arms.

Harvest is limited to 1 bull trout over 24-inches under the daily trout limit. Anglers can now keep 5 kokanee in addition to daily trout limit. No bag or size limits on brown trout and bass.

NOTICE: The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory for Lake Billy Chinook.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

No recent fishing reports. Has been stocked with rainbow trout. A tribal permit is required.

LAURANCE LAKE:

Due to dam maintenance, Laurance Lake will be closed to the public in 2018.

LAVA LAKE, Big: rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LAVA LAKE, Small: rainbow trout, brook trout

Lake was stocked with rainbow trout the week of July 23. Open to fishing all year.

LOST LAKE:  rainbow trout

The lake has been stocked and received additional fish this year due to the loss of other opportunity in the Hood River area. No recent reports but conditions should be perfect for fishing.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

METOLIUS POND: trout

This new ODFW pond is open for youth 17 and younger and anglers with a disabled fishing permit, and will be stocked regularly from Wizard Falls Hathery.

From Sisters, drive 9 miles NW on US-20/OR 126 and turn Right (look for the Camp Sherman / Metolius River Recreation Area sign). Veer left at fork and head to Camp Sherman (2.5 mi). Turn right onto Old Fish Hatchery Road (gravel road). Go to end of road to parking area.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Catch-and-release for trout including bull trout. Fishing is restricted to fly-fishing only upstream of Bridge 99 (Lower Bridge). Artificial flies and lures permitted below Bridge 99 (Lower Bridge). No bait allowed.

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake was stocked the week of July 23 with rainbow trout. Open to fishing all year.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only; two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Trout 20-inches and greater must be released unharmed.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

No recent fishing reports. Average size is 12- to 16-inches. Trout are widespread throughout the reservoir. Black crappie and smallmouth bass are also available.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Twenty-five kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. Closed to fishing for bull trout. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing.

NOTICE: The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory for Odell Lake due to harmful levels of cyanotoxins associated with blue-green algae. Swallowing water should be avoided and skin contact may cause a rash for those with skin sensitivities. Keep pets out of water and do not allow them to drink out of the lake. The Oregon Health Authority offers these guidelines for fishing during an algae bloom.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Open all year to fishing. Wild (unmarked) rainbow trout must be released.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie

Angler reports suggest increased stocking last year has resulted in anglers catching more and bigger fish. Bass and crappie fishing has been excellent.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Fishing for rainbow trout may be limited, but largemouth bass were recently stocked for the summer.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports. Lake might be low due to irrigation withdrawls.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked twice with rainbow trout the middle weeks of July. Open to fishing all year. Open to youth only (17 years and under) and disabled anglers. Limit is two fish per day.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake was stocked the week of July 23 with rainbow trout. Open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SPARKS LAKE: cutthroat trout

Open to fishing all year. Fly-fishing only, barbless hooks required.

SPRAGUE POND: rainbow trout

Turn at Cow Meadow sign off USFS Rd 40. Take first left at first dirt road and follow road to pond.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year. Bull trout have been reported in Suttle Lake. These must be released unharmed. Anglers are reminded to be familiar with fish identification. Twenty-five kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee.

TAYLOR LAKE (Wasco County): rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Taylor Lake was stocked this spring. No recent fishing reports.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Lake was stocked the week of July 16 with 600 trophy trout. Open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Scheduled to be stocked the week of July 16 with 2,500 legal-size trout and fishing should be excellent. Spring sampling indicated excellent overwinter survival with many fish in the 16- to 18-inch range.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Five kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. Deschutes Arm upstream of ODFW markers above Sheep’s Bridge falls under Deschutes River regulations (open from May 22 to Sept. 30).