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The Guides Forecast

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Outlook Across Central and Eastern Oregon:
Temperatures today have been the warmest of the season thus far, but a cold front will push through on the weekend and bring temperatures into the 60s through much of Central and Eastern Oregon, and dipping into the 50s in the high country including the Cascade Lakes and Northeast Oregon.

Lower Deschutes
River:
With last week’s opening, anglers dispersed along the river and pressure around Maupin eased a bit. River flows, unsurprisingly, remain low for this time year. The Deschutes has been fishing well with nymphs.

Haystack Reservoir – No first hand reports into me this week. As of April 29, the reservoir shows as
97% full. If fly fishing, start with Balanced Leeches under an indicator.

Lake Billy Chinook fishing is fantastic. The Metolius Arm is open (tribal pass required) and anglers are catching bull trout in this area. Leech patterns for fly fishers are the ticket.

Crooked River: Crooked River flows have been somewhat bumped up.

Metolius
River:
This has been the week for dry fly fishing, with BWO and caddis activity around the edges. Euro nymphing continues to be effective.

South
Twin Lake:
South Twin gets stocked with 200 trophy size trout next week. South Twin Lake is accessible and becoming more popular as there were anglers around the lake during the warm weather.

Crane
Prairie Reservoir:
Most reports are that Crane Prairie has been slow.

There are some unfortunate incidences of thefts from rigs in campgrounds at Crane Prairie and Wickiup. The Deschutes County Sheriff has 7 cases since opening day. Be careful, and keep everything locked up.

Wickiup Reservoir: Wickiup is now open, albeit with low water levels, Wickiup is 54% as of today. Just like with Crane Prairie, balanced leeches and chironomids are effective during the openers. See the cautions about thefts under the Crane Prairie report above.

Cascade Lake Highway Access: Our friends at Fly & Field Outfitters in Bend provided a road access scouting report: Anglers can currently access Crane Prairie via South Century Drive (past the Fall River) and utilize the Crane Prairie Resort Turn Off.

As of April 29, Quinn River Campground is still closed, but reports are that the boat ramp is now accessible and open.

Access to Wickiup is excellent, with a few exceptions. There are docks in at North Wickiup boat ramp, Gull Point ramp looks clear, and access to other areas is decent. Proceed with caution while driving down dirt roads, as many areas are full of snow. Note that Wickiup Reservoir level is very low.

Lava Lake and Hosmer Lake remain inaccessible.

Diamond Lake: Reports as of today (April 29) are that the boat ramp at the resort is open and the lake is free of ice.

North Central Oregon/Mid-Columbia Waters:

We continue with great reports from Wendy at Gorge Outfitters Supply (541-739-2222) in Rufus, between the John Day and Deschutes Rivers. Anglers will want to consider the opportunities in this area based on her report; stop in if you are in the area.

Bass fishing is good on the John Day and along the bank on the Columbia near the John Day. Anglers targeting bass in the area have been successful.

Walleye fishing continues to be fantastic from boats and the banks. The big females are in the shallows. The smaller males in a good-eater-size are just a little farther out.

Chickahominy Reservoir: Two weeks ago, ODFW removed the trout bag limit on Chickahominy because of low water levels, specifically the reservoir is less than 10% full and there is approximately 6 feet of water in the deepest locations.

I am repeating the specifics from ODFW this week:|

The lake is accessible. The bottom of the boat ramp was about a foot or two above the water in March. ODFW does not recommend launching a large propeller driven boat out there. It is very turbid and there are some boulders in shallow water near the dam. A drift boat would be fine, and so are pontoon boats.

The trout ODFW sampled this spring ranged from 10 to 22 inches.

Ana Reservoir: There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir.

NORTHEAST OREGON WATERS

Wallowa River
: Steelhead are in the system, but this river closes for steelhead on April 30 (tomorrow).

The Fly Shoppe in Joseph is closed for the season, but you may reach Rob at the shop around midday on a hit or miss basis.

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

Grande Ronde River:
There are no reports for the Grande Ronde. This river closes for steelhead on April 30.

Imnaha River: This river closes for steelhead on April 30.
 

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