Recreation Report

Central Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of December 5, 2018

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

DESCHUTES RIVER

  • The current angling closure in the Deschutes River extending downstream from the lower end of Moody Rapids to the Deschutes River mouth at the Hwy 84 bridge remains in place.

METOLIUS POND

  •  Closed to entry

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

  • While inter conditions are limiting access and opportunities to many popular lakes and ponds, many of the areas rivers offer good trout fishing opportunities throughout the winter, including the Crooked, Deschutes, Fall and Metolius.
  • Steelhead are spread throughout the lower 100 miles of the Deschutes with anglers reporting fair fishing in the Warm Springs, Trout Creek and Maupin areas.
  • Snow gates on Cascade Lakes Hwy west of Mt. Bachelor and on the road to Newberry Crater have been closed for the winter, limiting access to some popular locations.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Water level remained relatively high this fall but clarity remained poor. Fall sampling indicated excellent numbers of 14- to 16-inch trout with some over 20-inches still available.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

Bikini Pond has been stocked with both legal and EXTRA trophy trout this fall. No recent reports.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule

CENTURY GRAVEL POND: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year. 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 is closed to fishing until April 22, 2019.

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

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

CROOKED RIVER: redband trout, mountain whitefish

Anglers are enjoying good success for redband trout and mountain whitefish. Irrigation season has ended and flows in the Crooked River below Bowman Dam have been reduced to 50 cfs. The whitefish should be spawning so anglers can have good success fishing egg patterns.

CULTUS LAKE, Big: rainbow trout, lake trout

Open to fishing all year. No recent reports.

Check 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Steelhead are spread throughout the lower 100 miles of the Deschutes. Anglers report decent fishing in the Warm Springs, Trout Creek and Maupin areas.

Anglers are reminded that the section of the Deschutes River from the I-84 Bridge upstream to Moody Rapids (0.25 miles) is closed to all fishing. No changes to the permanent rules, as printed in the 2018 Sport Fishing Regulations, have been made upstream of Moody Rapids. 

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.

Benham Falls upstream to Little Lava Lake:

Closed to fishing until May 22, 2019.

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Forest Service Road 21 is closed for the winter at its snow park gate. Open to fishing all year. Wild (unmarked) rainbow trout must be released.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. 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. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing with barbless hooks only.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

No recent fishing reports. Walk-in access is available year-round but the gate to the west side boat ramp will be closed Nov 30 – March 1. Parking is available near the fishing pier.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HOOD RIVER: steelhead

A few summer and an early winter steelhead might be around in the lower Hood River.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch-and-release for all species.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

The Metolius Arm is closed until March 1.

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.

LAVA LAKE, Big: rainbow trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

LAVA LAKE, Small: rainbow trout, brook trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year.

METOLIUS POND: trout

The property and pond will be closed until May 1, 2019.

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: rainbow trout, bull trout

Anglers report fair fishing for bull trout. Closed to fishing above Allingham Bridge. 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

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. The reservoir is extremely low and access is limited.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Lake is closed to fishing until April 22, 2019. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Forest Service Road 21 is closed for the winter at its snow park gate. 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

The reservoir is extremely low.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Fishing for rainbow trout should be great thanks to a recent fall stocking of both legal and EXTRA trophy trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

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

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

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year. Fly-fishing only, barbless hooks required.

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 fall with both legal and EXTRA trophy trout. No recent fishing reports.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Access is limited to walk-in only but fishing should be excellent for 14- to 16-inch trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Reservoir is closed to fishing until April 22, 2019.