Central Oregon fishing report

The Guides Forecast
The Guides Forecast
Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports bi-weekly. This is a repeat from last week.

Weather Outlook Across Central and Eastern Oregon:

Dry weather and daytime temperatures above normal will prevail over the next week. Temperatures will be in the 40s along the forested spring creeks and the lower Deschutes, and climb into the 50s for next week. Night-time temperatures will be in the 30s through much of the region.

ODFW News – Angling Restrictions

Deschutes River

Mouth at westbound I-85 bridge upstream to the Pelton Dam regulating reservoir –

  • Closed to all angling for and retention of steelhead from Jan. 1 to May 31, 2022.
  • All other permanent rules for the Central Zone, as stated in the 2022 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, remain in effect.
Lower Deschutes River:

Lower Deschutes flows have dropped from last weekend’s spike, and are remaining steady at typical winter levels – currently at 5400 CFS at Moody.

With the onset of winter temperatures and conditions, blue wing olives are the primary hatch during the early afternoons. Nymphing will produce on the Lower Deschutes. Best fishing starts during the late morning and continues through the afternoon up until sunset.

Lower Deschutes River:

Fish have moved into the slower water for the winter. Go to the mellow, slower trout water. Back eddies, slow flows along the banks, and the pools (think those small, or micropools within the main river) are examples of winter holding water.

Whitefish are spawning, and a small (1/8”) peach-pink egg fly will get attention from redsides.

Check out Glenn’s detailed report and forecast in this week’s paid version for Chinook and Steelhead Members both!

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