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Effective May 25, 2019, Spring Chinook fishing in the Umatilla is prohibited.

Starting May 1, 2019 the use of Two-Rod is allowed in areas upstream of Willamette Falls

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Central Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of May 22, 2019

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

METOLIUS POND

  •  Youth angling (ages 17 and under) and disabled anglers only.
  • 2 fish per day.

THE HOOD RIVER

Beginning April 15 through June 30, 2019, hatchery Chinook salmon opens: 

  • From the Hood River from the mouth to the 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.
  • The catch limit is two adult hatchery Chinook salmon per day, and five hatchery jack salmon per day.
  • All salmon that have not been adipose fin-clipped must be released unharmed.
  • All other limits and restrictions remain unchanged from those listed in the 2019 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulation for the Hood River.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Bend (541) 388-6363
  • The Dalles (541) 296-4628
  • Prineville (541) 447-5111
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Whether you’re out after trout or bass, steelhead or salmon, surfperch or rockfish, we’d love to see photos of your adventure. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!

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Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

  • Bass and crappie fishing have been excellent in Prineville Reservoir.
  • Both Walton Lake and Antelope Flat Reservoir will be stocked this week. In addition, recent sampling showed good numbers of holdover fish up to 18-inches. Fishing should be good!
  • Pine Nursery Pond, Prineville Reservoir and Prineville Youth Pond were recently stocked with largemouth bass from Davis Lake.
  • The Cascade Lakes Hwy and Paulina Lake Road (FS Road 21) are now open.
  • Several waterbodies are scheduled to be stocked this week including Clear Lake, Walton Lake, South and North Twin lakes, Antelope Flat Reservoir, Lost Lake, Shevlin Pond, Laurance Lake, Fall River and Frog Lake.

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Access leading into the reservoir is excellent, and the water clarity is fair and not as dirty as it was last year. Recent sampling revealed excellent numbers of fish ranging from 6- to 18-inches with most averaging 12einches. Fish are hungry and cruising close to the shoreline, thirty feet or less from the bank.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked the week of April 22.

CENTURY GRAVEL POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout in early May. The pond is located ¼ mile west of the junction of USFS Rd 46 (Century Drive) and USFS Rd 4635.

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

Anglers report good fishing for trout. Wild (unmarked) rainbow must be released.

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

Open to fishing all year. One lake trout per day, 24-inch minimum length.

CROOKED RIVER: redband trout, mountain whitefish

Keep an eye on the flows as they will be adjusted to maintain space in the reservoir for flood control as snowmelt fills the reservoir. Fishing is usually slow immediately after a change in flow. The water has been very dirty from recent runoff and fishing has been slow.

CULTUS LAKE, Big: rainbow trout, lake trout

Open to fishing all year.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, rainbow trout

Open all year. Fly-fishing only, barbless hooks required. Catch-and-release for trout. No limit on size or number of warmwater fish.

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

Spring is finally upon us on the lower Deschutes River. Trout fishing should really be getting good from Macks Canyon upstream to the locked gate. Annual monitoring of the trout population found good numbers of fish and lots of big trout. Some hatches are occurring but anglers will be most successful nymphing.

Anglers are reminded that fishing is closed to sport anglers on the Deschutes River from the Northern Boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation upstream to Pelton Dam from Jan. 1 to April 22, 2019.

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 year-round for trout. Artificial flies and lures only. No limit on brown trout. Flows are highand water is off-color. Fishing will improve over the next few weeks.

Benham Falls upstream to Little Lava Lake: rainbow trout

Opens to fishing on May 22, 2019. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

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

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

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

Anglers report good fishing for trout. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing with barbless hooks only.

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

Fishing should be good for warmwater fish and stocked trout.

HOOD RIVER: steelhead

Spring Chinook will open on the river beginning April 15 through June 30. See details in the regulation updates above.

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.

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

Bull trout fishing has been slowing down but is best in the Metolius Arm. Kokanee fishing has been good all over the reservoir but best in the Metolius Arm.

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.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

Lake will be stocked every other week through the end of May. A tribal permit is required.

LAURANCE LAKE: trout

The lake opened to fishing on April 22 and is scheduled to be stocked the week of April 29.

LAVA LAKE, Big: rainbow trout

Anglers can access Lava Lake via South Century Drive. Open to fishing all year.

LAVA LAKE, Little: rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year.

METOLIUS POND: trout

Youth fishing (ages 17 and under) and disabled anglers only. 2 fish per day.

METOLIUS RIVER: rainbow trout, bull trout

Fishing above Allingham Bridge opens May 22. Anglers report fair fishing. 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 will be stocked with rainbow trout the week of May 20. 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

Anglers are catching plenty of trout averaging 16- to 18-inches. Bass and crappie fishing is picking up with the warmer weather.

ODELL CREEK: rainbow trout

Opens to fishing May 22. Catch-and-release for trout. Odell Creek is defined as boat ramp at West Davis Lake campground upstream to Odell Lake.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Twenty-five kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee. Bull trout must be released unharmed. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

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

PINE NURSERY POND: trout, largemouth bass

Limit is 2 fish per day. The pond has recently been stocked with 50 largemouth bass from Davis Lake.

PINEHOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

The lake is scheduled to be stocked with 3,500 legal-size trout the week of April 29. Anglers trolling spinners have been most successful.

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

The reservoir is at capacity and boat ramps are open. Anglers have been doing well catching trout. Bass and crappie fishing has been excellent. The reservoir has been recently stocked with 520 largemouth bass from Davis Lake.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Bullhead catfish have recently been discovered in the pond.  Catfish will not count towards the 2 fish bag limit as these unwanted fish need to be removed. The pond has been recently stocked with 50 largemouth bass from Davis Lake.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The lake is scheduled to be stocked with 4,000 legal-size and 175 trophy-size trout the week of April 29.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Pond will be stocked with rainbow trout the week of May 20. Open to youth only (17 years and under) and disabled anglers. Limit is two fish per day.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake will be stocked with rainbow trout the week of May 20. Open to fishing all year.

SPARKS LAKE: cutthroat trout, brook 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 must be released unharmed. Twenty-five kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee. Please call ODFW @ 541-388-6145 to report any small mouth bass caught.

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

The lake was stocked the week of March 18.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year, but the snow gate to the lake is closed.

TODD LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Recent sampling demonstrated good numbers of healthy trout averaging up to 18-inches long.

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

Kokanee fishing on Wickiup has been much better than anticipated after the severe water draw down last fall. Many anglers are catching their limit in a short amount of time.

Anglers report fair numbers of kokanee ranging from 10- to 12-inches with some fish reaching 18-inches.

Five kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee. The Deschutes River Arm is closed upstream of ODFW markers located just upstream of Sheep’s Bridge.