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Daily possession limits and length requirements for trout removed 

Retention of white sturgeon opens on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and Saturday, September 28, 2019 (two days)

The bottomfish fishery is open to all depth beginning Sept. 3, with a general marine species bag limit of 5 fish.

Effective Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, steelhead retention prohibited.

Retention of copper, quillback, and china rockfish prohibited in recreational boat fishery

Effective September 1 through October 31, 2019, steelhead bag limits reduced in the NE zone

Hatchery Chinook salmon retention allowed effective Aug. 24.

Sport anglers fishing from boats can no longer retain cabezon beginning Aug. 15.

All fishing is closed (including catch-and-release) in the Columbia River and the Deschutes River from Monday, Aug. 12 through Sept. 15.

Recreation Report

Central Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of September 18, 2019

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

DESCHUTES RIVER, downstream of Moody Rapids

  • AUG 12 – SEPT 15: CLOSED TO ANGLING. (Also see closure area in Columbia River near the mouth of the Deschutes River – Columbia Zone)
  • SEPT 16 – SEPT 30:  CLOSED to steelhead retention. OPEN to salmon retention with a daily bag limit of 1 adult salmon limit.
  • OCT 1 – DEC 31:  One steelhead per day within the daily bag limit of 2 adult salmonids.

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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We want your photos

Attention anglers – we want your photos!

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:

  • Fall can be a great time to hike into one of high elevation lakes ODFW stocks with trout. The weather can be great, the mosquitos are gone and the trout are trying to put on a few ounces in preparation for the cold winter months. Find more information on planning your hike-in fishing trip.
  • The lower Deschutes is open for Chinook until Oct. 31.
  • The following waterbodies are scheduled to be stocked this week: North and South Twin, Pine Nursery Pond and Walton Lake.

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Recent sampling revealed excellent numbers of fish ranging from 6- to 18-inches with most averaging 12-inches.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

No recent reports. Trout fishing will likely be slow until the next stocking this fall.

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.

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

Reservoir levels are dropping so trout will be in deeper water until the water temperatures cool. 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

Opportunities continue to be excellent for 10- to 16-inch trout and whitefish. Nymph patterns are effective throughout the day, while dry flies are catching fish during evening hatches.

Flows will increase slightly (~ 80 cfs) from Monday morning, Aug. 12 through Wednesday, Aug. 14. Anglers should use extra caution while wading during this period.

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: steelhead, fall Chinook, redband trout, whitefish

Steelhead anglers are finding a few fish in the lower 40 miles of the Deschutes. Anglers should expect peak fishing to occur in late August and early September. Casting spinners and plugs is very effective.

White River has been causing some visibility issues on the lower river; however, it appears to be fishable most days.

Fall chinook fishing has been picking up with anglers catching some nice bright fish. Anglers should expect a similar run to last year.

Trout fishing has been good this year throughout the river. Good fishing should continue, especially from Maupin to Warm Springs.

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.

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

No recent fishing reports. Open year-round for trout. Artificial flies and lures only. No limit on brown trout.

Benham Falls upstream to Little Lava Lake: rainbow trout

Open May 22 to Sept. 30. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

No recent fishing reports. 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

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 slow for stocked trout.

HOOD RIVER: steelhead

Glacial flour is contributing to low visibility in the Hood River. Anglers can expect a few summer steelhead in the lower Hood but fishing is likely slow.

Anglers are reminded that fishing for chinook salmon is closed for the remainder of 2019.

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 poor throughout the entire reservoir. Kokanee fishing has been good in the Metolius Arm and fair in the Deschutes and Crooked arms. Bass fishing has been great along the Crooked and Deschutes arms, but fair 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

No recent fishing reports. A tribal permit is required.

LAURANCE LAKE: trout

No recent reports, but fishing for trout should be decent. Fly-anglers with float tubes or kick boats usually do the best.

LAVA LAKE, Big: rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports. Open to fishing all year.

LAVA LAKE, Little: rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent fishing reports. Open to fishing all year.

METOLIUS POND: trout

No recent fishing reports. Youth fishing (ages 17 and under) and disabled anglers only. Two fish per day.

METOLIUS RIVER: rainbow 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 with rainbow trout the week of Sept. 16. Open to fishing all year.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

Elm Street bridge will be replaced starting the week of July 8 so anglers should avoid that area. 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 trout during the cooler parts of the day. Bass and crappie fishing has been good.

ODELL CREEK: rainbow trout

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. Kokanee tend to be smaller this year due to high abundance. 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

Pond was stocked with rainbow trout the week of Sept. 16. Limit is 2 fish per day. The pond was also stocked this spring with 50 largemouth bass from Davis Lake.

PINEHOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

No recent reports, but fishing should still be good from the most recent stocking. Water levels are low.

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

Bass and crappie fishing has been good.

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.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports. Water levels are low.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Open to youth only (17 years and under) and disabled anglers. Limit is two fish per day.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake was stocked with rainbow trout the week of Sept. 16. 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

No recent reports. Taylor is a good spot for big largemouth bass.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent fishing reports. Open to fishing all year.

TODD LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent fishing reports.

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

Five kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee.

The Deschutes River Arm is closed from ODFW marker at Gull Point to ODFW markers ½ mile upstream of Sheep’s Bridge from Sept. 1 to April 21.