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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:


Hot Fishing On East Lake


An autumn weather pattern is blowing in for the weekend. A cold front is approaching, and rain will start on Friday night, staying through the weekend, and maybe even into Monday.


Lower Deschutes River: Water temperatures range from lows of 55 degrees to highs of 57 degrees near Madras.


Lower Deschutes reports indicate that fishing is still going strong. Action on top with Micro Caddis patterns.


Middle Deschutes River: Some new reports from The Fly Fishers Place indicate the Middle Deschutes is fishing well again; euronymphing in the morning and caddis.

Jeff Perin at The Flyfisher’s Place recommends being ready with Purple Haze, X Caddis, and yellow sparkle dun flies when there are hatches and the trout are looking up.

Upper Deschutes River: The upper Deschutes is fishing well. The Upper Deschutes closes on September 30, so just two weeks left.


Nymph fishing is going strong, and this is a great river for Euronymph techniques.

Haystack Reservoir: Fill level is 31 %. Bass fishing has been excellent. Early mornings and evenings with topwaters is outstanding right now.


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 flows are 183 CFS at the dam. Fishing is great with afternoon dry fly fishing with heavy PMD hatches. Nymphing is also great when the dry fly action is off.

Fall River: Fall River was stocked earlier this month with 1000 trophy trout. There have been some PMD, BWO and caddis hatches, as well as some action on terrestrials (ants, beetles, hoppers) and mahogany duns are starting up.


Metolius River: The Metolius in September is one of the standout fishing opportunities. We are into prime fall green drake time, with the size 10 green drakes and the smaller, size 14 Drunella flavillinea drakes all coming off, often at the same time.

Prineville Reservoir: Josh Pardee for Tim’s Fishin Tackle Shop in Lapine reports ridiculously good fishing for Crappie in Prineville Reservoir. The reservoir is at 25% full as of today.


Trolling for Macks in depths of 90 to 100 feet. Silver spoons are producing.

North Central Oregon/Mid-Columbia Waters:

This week’s report from Gorge Outfitters Supply (541-739-2222) in Rufus, between the John Day and Deschutes Rivers includes updates on the salmon.


Salmon fishing is awesome at the mouth of the Deschutes. Egg fishing is effective – lots of salmon caught on eggs.


Check out Glenn's detailed report with much more information and forecast in this week's paid version for Chinook and Steelhead Members both!
 

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