Recreation Report

Central Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of June 11, 2018

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

Deschutes River:

  • Open for hatchery Chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth of the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls.
  • The catch limit is one adult hatchery salmon per day, and five hatchery jack salmon per day.
  • All wild Chinook salmon must be released unharmed.
  • It is unlawful to continue to fish from Sherars Falls downstream to the upper railroad trestle after taking a daily bag limit of one adult Chinook salmon.

Hood River:

  • Open for adult hatchery Chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth to 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 salmon per day, and five hatchery jack salmon per day.
  • All wild Chinook salmon must be released unharmed.

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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Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Bass fishing has been great on the Prineville Reservoir and all three arms of Lake Billy Chinook.
  • The Prineville Youth Pond has been stocked with largemouth bass for summer fishing.
  • Recent sampling at Antelope Flat Reservoir and Walton Lake showed good winter survival of fish in the 14- to 16-inch range.
  • Anglers are reporting good trout fishing on Hosmer Lake.
  • Lost Lake on Mt. Hood will stocked with additional fish this year to make up for lost opportunity elsewhere in the district.
  • The following lakes are scheduled to be stocked this week: Century Gravel Pond, Big Lava Lake, Sprague Pond, Olallie Lake, Walton Lake and Badger Lake.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

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.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been recently stocked, and water temperatures remain good for a good family fishing opportunity. 

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

CENTURY POND: rainbow trout

The pond will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. 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 reservoir has been stocked and fishing should be excellent.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

No recent fishing reports. 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

Trout fishing has been good. ODFW will be conducting its annual fish monitoring from Big Bend campground to Cobble Rock campground June 18-22. We recommend anglers avoid the area during this time.

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, spring Chinook    

Trout anglers are reporting good fishing from Macks Canyon upstream to Mecca Flat. While the peak of the salmon fly hatch has passed, anglers should pay attention to other emerging insects. 

Spring Chinook fishing in the Sherars Falls area has been spotty, but good numbers of fish are still entering the river and should provide consistent catches.  Anglers should expect the highest catches in the Sherars Falls area. 

Spring Chinook anglers will have the opportunity to fish on the Lower Deschutes from April 15 to June 30. The daily limit will be 1 adult and 5 jack chinook. Once an angler retains the daily adult limit of one spring chinook, that angler can no longer fish for any species of fish from Sherars Falls downstream to the railroad trestle (the bait section).

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:

Flies and lures only. Best opportunities are upstream of Crane Prairie Reservoir and between Crane Prairie and Wickiup reservoirs.

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake was stocked with rainbow trout last week. Open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Anglers report fair fishing with good numbers of fish being caught. Open to fishing all year. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Trout fishing continues to be fair. 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

The reservoir was stocked this spring with 8,500 legal-size Deschutes stock steelhead, as well as 75 brood rainbow stock.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

HOOD RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook

Spring chinook fishing has started to slow, but anglers are still reported a few fish, mainly near Punchbowl Falls.  

A season for spring Chinook will again be allowed on the Hood River from April 15 to June 30. The daily bag limit will be 2 adult and 5 jack Chinook.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout

Anglers report good fishing for all trout species. 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.

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

Lake will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. Anglers report fair fishing with some large trout being taken. Open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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. Conditions should be perfect for fishing.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

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

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout. Open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

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

Opportunities for both wild and hatchery rainbow trout continue to be very good. 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

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.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Rainbow trout fishing has been excellent. Carryover fish from 14- to 18-inches are readily being reported. Wild 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. There are recent reports of fish up to 20-inches being caught. 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.

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. There are recent reports of fish up to 20-inches being caught.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Fishing has been good for the recently stocked rainbow trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir has been stocked and fishing should be good.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Pond was stocked with rainbow trout last week. 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

Anglers report fair fishing for 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

Pond will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. 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 recently stocked and should be a good opportunity to catch a few trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked with rainbow trout last week. Open to fishing all year.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Spring sampling indicated excellent overwinter survival with many fish in the 16- to 18-inch range. Fishing has been excellent as the lake is continually stocked.

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).