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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports

Weather Outlook Across Central and Eastern Oregon:

You’ve likely learned pretty early on this week that this weekend will be hot across Central and Eastern Oregon. A dome of high pressure will be centered over the region, pushing the jet stream far, far to the north. There will be extremely high temperatures well into the 100s across the desert regions including the high desert of Central Oregon, the enclaves and campgrounds along the Lower Deschutes, the Gorge, Klamath Country and Southeast Oregon. The high Cascades lakes will see temperatures well into the 90s and as of now, 100 after the weekend. Northeast Oregon does not escape the heat, with temperatures well into the 90s on the weekend and into next week.

Very light winds will be prevalent through much of the region, although these will be moderate later in the weekend in the Columbia Gorge.

Lower Deschutes River: I fished the Lower Deschutes through much of last week. PMDs, PEDs in the evening, and especially caddis are going strong. Stronger than I have seen in some recent years.

Although the salmon fly crowds ended some weeks ago, the Lower Deschutes has been a popular place on the river and in the campgrounds.

I watched another angler doing well with silver spinners one evening, before the trout went on the “bite” and were rising for caddis.

Lake Billy Chinook: Reports of good kokanee fishing in both the Deschutes and Metolius arms. Jigging with gold and silver colors.

Crooked River: Crooked River is best fished now in the mornings and the evenings. There are evening caddis hatches.

When the afternoon hatches are not coming off, use Sparkle Pupas, Puparazzi and Micro Mayflies, Zebra midges,Split Case nymphs and soft hackles.

Metolius River: The always cool Metolius will be one of the better fishing options this weekend and next week. The air temperatures will be hot, but the water temperatures are more constant and in a safe and healthy range for trout.

Expect PMDs (I saw a lot of PMDs last week) and caddis. Caddis will be an evening staple with these warm summer temperatures.

North and South Twin Lakes: Josh at Tim’s Fishin Tackle Shop in Lapine (541-241-4284) reports great fishing!

Crescent Lake: Crescent lake will remain very low. The lake is accessible from the boat ramp at the resort, for a $10 fee paid to the resort. We are entering the prime time to catch Mackinaws.

Latest report from Tim’s Fishin Tackle Shop are that kokanee fishing is fair to good, and lake trout fishing is good.

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

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