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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Deschutes Trout Up And Down The River. Last Week Upper Deschutes Is Open.

Sun and warm weather will spread across the high desert, mountains, and into Eastern Oregon.

Temperatures throughout Central Oregon will in the 70s and 80s through the weekend. The weather cools next week with some rain beginning on Monday, with highs in the 50s and 60s during the weekdays next week.

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

With the warming this coming weekend, dry fly activity should pick up – with some caddis activity.

For this weekend, and as I wrote last week, the usual selection of caddis that have been consistent through the summer.

Middle Deschutes River: The Middle Deschutes is fishing well; euronymphing in the morning and caddis in the afternoon and evenings.

Upper Deschutes River: The upper Deschutes is fishing well. The Upper Deschutes closes on September 30, so just this week left. I plan to get onto the Upper Deschutes before the weekend.

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.

Fall River: Fall River was stocked earlier this month with 1000 trophy trout, and is scheduled to be stockedagain next week with 500 trophy trout. There have been some PMD, BWO and caddis hatches, as well as some action on terrestrials (ants, beetles, hoppers). Mahogany duns are hatching.

Metolius River: Green drakes are still going, but the smaller Drunella flavillineas are starting to taper off.

Last week on the Metolius, during my first afternoon on the water, I almost missed the drake hatch.

Three Creek Lake: Three Creek Lake is fishing okay right now. It usually gets better through September, however, last week’s cold weather and first snow near the lake likely slowed the bit. Leeches have been working.

Ochoco Reservoir: Good fishing for bass and crappie and Josh from Tim’s in Lapine reports trout fishing is picking up. Water levels, however, are getting very low at 12% full.

East Lake: Last week trout on the surface for callibaetis dries. This coming weekend may be the last of that activity with the weekend warmup, and then a cool down for the last week of September. When there is no visible activity, fishing with leeches and scuds should be good.

Odell Lake: Odell Mackinaw fishing remains good.

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.

The salmon bite is on! Fish are being caught on sand shrimp, eggs and lures. Anglers are catching salmon both trolling and hover fishing.

See our full Oregon and SW Washington summary here.
 

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