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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

The Klamath area remains hot, with temperatures well into the 90s. Coupled with extreme drought, the trout in rivers and streams are under some real stress. It is likely best to leave this area alone until the temperature moderates.

Special Announcement For July 1: ODFW is instituting “Hoot Owl” regulations:

Effective July 1 through September 30, all angling for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and trout is closed from 2:00 p.m. to one hour before sunrise in the lower Deschutes River from the mouth at the Interstate 84 Bridge upstream to Sherars Falls.

Effective July 1 through September 30, all angling for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and trout is closed from 2:00 p.m. to one hour before sunrise in the entire John Day River and all tributaries, for the Umatilla River and all tributaries (but not the river within the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation lands)

Lower Deschutes River: The Lower Deschutes is a heat magnet. Temperatures have been well into the 100s since last week.

The Lower Deschutes from the mouth to Sherars Falls are now under “Hoot Owl” regulated hours. Anglers should voluntarily abide by these regulations upstream of Sherars Falls to protect these wild fish.

Middle Deschutes River: The Middle Deschutes is fishing best in the mornings.

Upper Deschutes River: The upper Deschutes has been fishing well, any type of attractor dry fly pattern will likely raise trout.

Upper Deschutes River: The upper Deschutes has been fishing well, any type of attractor dry fly pattern will likely raise trout.

Haystack Reservoir: Josh at Tim’s Fishin Tackle Shop in Lapine reports fair to good fishing for trout – rainbows and browns. Bass fishing is excellent and with these temperatures, is the best species to target.

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 only, if you must fish it. The Crooked is coming out of the dam at 45 F and heating to 73 F at Smith Rocks. That said, there are evening caddis hatches.

Fall River: Spring fed Fall River will be a good weekend option, amongst the ponderosas and cool water. Holiday weekend crowds should be expected, and this will be a popular location.

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.

North Central Oregon/Mid-Columbia Waters:

We have a report this week from Gorge Outfitters Supply (541-739-2222) in Rufus, between the John Day and Deschutes Rivers. Fishing is as hot as the weather.

Bass fishing is very good. Lots of bass action on Rapalas, Rat-L-Traps and chatterbaits. Water temperature is 67oF at the surface.

Walleye fishing is good. Worm harnesses have been effective. All colors are working, but more fish are taken now on darker colors with some silver and/or gold. Walleyes this past week have been taken in depths of 15 to 20 feet.

Catch and release for sturgeon off the bank continues to be great.

Shad fishing from shore and from boats has been very good.

More fishing reports here - https://wp.me/p6Jd7i-10lu
 

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