- Mar 14, 2009
- Bend, OR
I always see posts about being in Bend and wondering where to fish. If you just want to catch fish and are on a limited time schedule might I suggest the Deschutes in town. Most of the fish I catch are small rainbows, small browns, and medium to big whitefish. Pretty much any part of the river with current will hold fish. Most of the good places to fish are at least 30-60 minutes outside of Bend (Fall, Metolious, Lower Deschutes, Crane, Paulina, Wickiup...). If anybody thinks I am giving up there favorite places they can complain to the Bulletin about already writing this article. Even in sight of Highway 97 I can have the whole river to myself. The city limits of Bend have roughly 3 miles of the Deschutes to fish the way the crow flies (google earth measure tool). I took my brother to a park on the river and his first time fly fishing he caught 4 fish. All of them were 6-8", but he probably missed 30 strikes to his size 16 adams. In the summer it can be some pretty fun fishing. Even among the small rainbows I have heard stories of large browns and rainbows. I saw a 20+ inch brown in STS in a article called "Downtown Brown" and the guy was fishing by the Old Mill District. I think that Mirror Pond is stocked and you can use bait from the Colorado Street Bridge to the end of Mirror Pond. Anyways here are some pics from some fish I caught in town.