Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports

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Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports - Glenn Zinkus reports on trout and steelhead from the region:

Lower Deschutes River: Fishing action on the Lower Deschutes in the open part of the river around and downstream of Maupin is good, and can be red hot if you are nymphing – especially tight line Euro nymphing.

Middle Deschutes River: The Middle Deschutes is starting to drop! Anglers should come prepared especially to fish March Browns – look for these through the afternoon, with maybe some Skwalas mixed in.

Spinners and spoons are working well, and the Middle Deschutes is still high enough that conventional tackle will be super effective.

Lake Billy Chinook is getting hot. The Metolius Arm is open (tribal pass required) and bull trout fishing in that area is picking up.

Crooked River: Reports from the Crooked river have all been good…..every shop I check with have good things to say.

Fall River: Fall River is producing good fishing opportunities, and the angling community knows it. Fall has been hugely popular, and with good reason. A good angling friend saw a baetis spinner fall around noon yesterday, and baetis duns starting mid afternoon.

Metolius River: Overall, the Met has been fishing well, and plenty of other anglers during the day. Fishing is improving with warmer temperatures and longer days.

All of the migratory Lake Billy Chinook bull trout are back in the reservoir, but resident bulls are still present.

South Twin Lake: South Twin Lake is now becoming accessible. Jeff Perin at The Flyfisher’s Place in Sisters reports on an angler having fair success with a quick sinking (Type V) line stripping beadhead leech patterns.

Suttle Lake: The ice is off, and there has been a boat on the lake on two different occasions, so early season fishing may be starting.

Crescent Lake: Crescent lake was not accessible late last weekend, but warm temperatures the last several days will likely change this.

Bend Area Ponds, Shevlin and Pine Nursery Ponds: ODFW just stocked these ponds with rainbow trout in time for Spring Break. Great opportunities to bring the younger anglers out.

Chickahominy Reservoir: Ice is off, and fish are in the reservoir. Last year water levels were low, and water remains low this year.

Owyhee River: River levels are steady and will remain so for the next one week – see the updates from The Anglers Shop below. Fish this river carefully with these low flows by being stealthy, and watch for fish activity before any blind casting.

NORTHEAST OREGON WATER

Wallowa River
: The Wallowa has been high but dropping nicely. As of the time of this writing, Northeast Oregon will be one of the cooler areas. Steelheading has been good; one pair of anglers hooked 10 steelhead between them the other day.


Remember that trout fishing on the Wallowa is now open year-round, so trout opportunities exist.

Grande Ronde River:
Water levels have been rising day by day. I recommend checking in with The Joseph Fly Shoppe at (541) 432-4343 before setting off for the Grande Ronde.

Imnaha River: No on the ground reports this week. ODFW reports that steelhead are moving through the system, but their own creel surveys show that catches are variable.
 
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South Twin Lake. isn't the highway still closed? Did he access that with a snowmobile?
 
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South Twin Lake. isn't the highway still closed? Did he access that with a snowmobile?
Talked to a guy that got to Wickky some ice still but doable! No Honda civics though!
 

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