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April 15 through June 30, 2020 sport harvest opportunities allowed for returning hatchery spring Chinook salmon in the Hood River.

Effective February 14th, retention of white sturgeon is prohibited on parts of the mainstem Columbia River.

Effective Feb 1 through June 30, 2020, retention of hatchery Chinook salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.  Retention of wild Chinook salmon is prohibited.

Effective through March 31, 2020, all steelhead fishing is closed from McNary Dam to the OR/WA border.

Effective through April 30, 2020, the daily bag limit is one hatchery steelhead.

Steelhead, fall Chinook and coho bag limits reduced to one per day through April 30, 2020.

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Central Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of February 19, 2020

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

COLUMBIA RIVER

  • Effective Jan. 1, 2020: Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools are open to the retention of white sturgeon until quotas are reached (under permanent regulations).  See 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations  for size, daily, and annual bag limits.  

HOOD RIVER

  • 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 is open to angling for hatchery Chinook salmon from April 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020. 
  • 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 2020 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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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:

  • Wizard Falls Hatchery grounds will be closed Feb. 17-21 for hazardous tree removal. Anglers can park at the hatchery but can’t access facility’s grounds.
  • The Deschutes, Crooked, Fall and Metolius rivers are open year-round and offer fair to good fishing for native redband trout.

2020 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Ice fishing safety

With several water bodies beginning to ice over, anglers need to be cautious during first-ice conditions. Take the following precautions: use the “buddy system,” wear a PFD in case of thin ice, carry a throw-rope, and use a heavy metal staff to check for thin-ice. The Minnesota DNR has developed guidelines for ice thickness and other safety tips.

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Access and ice conditions are unknown.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

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. Open to fishing all year.

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

The reservoir is closed to fishing until April 22, 2020.

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.

CULTUS LAKE, Big: rainbow trout, lake trout

Open to fishing all year.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, rainbow trout

Open to fishing 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 northern boundary of the warm springs reservation: steelhead, redband trout, whitefish        

Trout fishing is likely to be slow during winter conditions. Anglers drifting nymphs in the slower water or back-eddies are most likely to be successful.

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.

Benham Falls upstream to Little Lava Lake: rainbow trout

Closed to fishing until April 22, 2020.

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.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown 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.

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 with some large trout being caught. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing with barbless hooks only.

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

Parking is limited to lot near handicap pier, but shoreline is still accessible by foot.

HOOD RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead fishing has been slow.  A few bright winter steelhead are now beginning to return. Hood winter steelhead are a late returning stock, and the first fish are just arriving. 

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.

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

No recent reports.

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

Closed to fishing until April 22, 2020.

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.

LAVA LAKE, Little: 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

Pond is closed to fishing until May 1, 2020

METOLIUS RIVER: rainbow trout, bull trout

Anglers report fair fishing during the warmest part of the day. 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). River is closed to angling above Allingham Bridge until May 22, 2020. 

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

Reservoir is mostly ice-free and anglers are catching nice-size trout from shore. About 100 brood fish will be released this week.

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

Lake is closed to fishing until April 22, 2020.

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.

PINE NURSERY POND: trout, largemouth bass

About 155 rainbow trout brood (fish up to 4 pounds) were released into the pond on Jan. 31, 2019. Limit is 2 fish per day.

PINEHOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill

No recent reports, but ice is likely.

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

Reservoir is mostly ice-free.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Ice fishing is not allowed on pond.

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 but ice is likely.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

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

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year.  

SPARKS LAKE: cutthroat 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. 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. Open to fishing all year.

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.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Gate closed 5 miles from the lake. Open to fishing all year.

TODD LAKE: 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.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Access and ice condition are unknown.

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

The reservoir is closed to fishing until April 22, 2020.