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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports: Temperatures have “cooled” to more normal 80s and 90s through much of the region for this weekend and going into next week. There will be a smoke haze at times from wildfires. Winds will be light to moderate. Saturday and Sunday will the highest winds in the 13 to 15 mph range in Central Oregon, 16 to 18 mph in the Deschutes Canyon and higher in the Gorge at 20 mph +.

Lower Deschutes River: Hot temperatures continued on the Lower Deschutes over the past week. That said, looks like PGE has changed the blend coming out of the dams to increase the amount of cooler bottom water over the past few days:

Really, best to keep the fishing to early hours when the water is coolest and when the fish will be most active. Stay up in the higher stretches of the river, best from Warm Springs to Trout Creek.

Parts of the Middle Deschutes are inaccessible due to the Grandview Fire, and best to avoid as it is in the middle of areas that are under Level 1 evacuations or bordering these areas.

Lake Billy Chinook: Reports of good kokanee fishing in both the Deschutes and Metolius arms.

Crooked River is best fished now in the mornings only, if you must fish it. Previously, I reported the Crooked is coming out of the dam at 45 F and heating to 73 F at Smith Rocks.

Fall River: Spring fed Fall River continues to be one of the better trout refuges with towering ponderosas providing shade and constant, cool water.

Metolius River: The Metolius is clean and cold, so this is a good option for July in what has been a hot summer thus far. Reports from Jeff Perin at The Flyfishers Place in Sisters are that hatches have pushed to later in the day and spinner falls at dusk.

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

Eastern Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

The Bootleg fire and its smoke is impacting much of the area.

Wallowa Lake: Wallowa is fishing well for trout, with recent stockings of legal and trophy sized trout. Recent reports are that the kokanee bit is picking up.

Grande Ronde River: Report from Rob at the Joseph Fly Shoppe are that there are active stone flies on the lower portion. Good Bass fishing below Troy. The river has dropped to a nice level.

Lostine River: Rob at The Joseph Fly Shop reports that Lostine River is a good option, perhaps the best river option in the Northeast at the moment for trout.

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