Recreation Report

Central Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of Feb. 13, 2018

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

There are no regulation updates for the Central Zone at this time.

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:

  • This weekend (Feb. 17 & 18) is a Free Fishing Weekend. You won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon. But remember, all other regulations and area closures still apply.
  • Anglers on the Crooked River are reporting good fishing for both redband trout and mountain whitefish.
  • On Prineville Reservoir, there are reports of anglers catching more and bigger fish – some up to 20-inches.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These waterbodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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

No recent ice or fishing reports. Reservoir could be frozen over. Use caution if ice fishing. Opportunities for 12- to 18-inch rainbow are good. Call the Ochoco National Forest for snow and access conditions (541-416-6500

BEND PINE NURSERY: rainbow trout, bluegill, bass

Open to fishing all year. Anglers may keep two fish per day.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

No recent reports. There could be lots of holdover trout from last fall’s stocking.  

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

Closed to fishing for the season. Will reopen April 22, 2018.  

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 for winter fishing in the Crooked River tailwater below Bowman Dam are very good. Flows were reduced to 60 cfs. Anglers are reporting good fishing for both redband trout and mountain whitefish.

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

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

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

The Deschutes doesn’t get winter run steelhead, but anglers can fish for summer run well into winter, as summer steelhead won’t be spawning until early spring.  Anglers are reminded that steelhead fishing closed from the Northern boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation upstream to Pelton Dam on Dec. 31. However, steelhead can still be caught in the Maupin area and downstream to Macks Canyon. Jig and bobber and drifting nymphs are usually good techniques for this time of year.

Trout anglers should focus efforts on softer waters throughout the river. Nymph fishing can be productive during the winter months.

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

Anglers are reporting fair fishing between Bend and Benham Falls. 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:

Closed to fishing for the season. Will reopen May 22, 2018.

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 to fishing all year. Wild 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

Anglers report fair fishing throughout the entire river with some mid-day hatches. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing with barbless hooks only.

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

Over 300 broodstock were released a few weeks ago so fishing should be good. However, access remains an issue with only the very small parking lot near the dam open, and walk-in access difficult due to high banks. Reservoir remains open to fishing, but both boat ramps are closed for the winter. The west boat ramp is scheduled to open March 1.

HOOD RIVER: steelhead

Anglers are reporting catch of a few hatchery and wild winter steelhead, mostly in the lower river. The run will continue to increase as winter progresses towards spring. Methods with bobbers generally work well on the Hood such as bobber and bait, beads and jigs.

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

Anglers can now keep 5 kokanee in addition to daily trout limit. Harvest is limited to 1 bull trout over 24-inches. Metolius River arm closed until March 1.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

Opportunities for 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout are fair. 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. The lake is open to fishing all year.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Anglers report fair fishing for trout with some hatches in the mid-afternoon. 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 some holdover trout being caught. 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

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 but less active during winter. The gate on the ramp is open but the boat dock is out of the water.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Closed to fishing for the season. Will reopen April 22, 2018. 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 the snow park gate. The lake is open to fishing all year. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

No recent reports.

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

Ice fishing is not allowed. Pond is closed when iced over.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Open all year. 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

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

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

The lake has been stocked and anglers continue to report good fishing.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The road to the lake is closed. Open to fishing all year.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake is frozen over and the gate is closed. Access is via foot. Anglers are encouraged to use caution while ice fishing.

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

Closed to fishing for the season.