NE Oregon Fishing Report

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Wallowa River: There are reports of hot steelhead fishing on the Wallowa out of The Joseph Fly Shop. Flows and river levels are up from last week, but the weekend cool down will help keep flows to reasonable fishing levels. Over the past week fly fishers were hooking up multiple times during the day. ODFW checkers are saying that all of the gear guys checked have hooked or caught steelhead. Remember that trout fishing on the Wallowa is now open year-round, so trout opportunities exists.

Grande Ronde River:
Water levels have been rising day by day. I recommend checking in with The Joseph Fly Shop at (541) 432-4343 before setting off for the Grande Ronde. Last reports from the shop were that the steelhead fishing was okay.

Imnaha River:
Water levels are steady and forecasted to remain that way. Some steelhead catches are being reported.

And from frequent contributor Tim Moran:

Hello everyone! Happy St. Pat’s Day to you all! Seems like we are finally shaking off winter and heading into spring. Yesterday’s weather was amazing and really puts me in the mood to start chasing fish! (Of course I have to put my boat back together first – new floor and anchor system, new seat mounts and I have to get through another knee surgery…but I digress…) The Century Drive lakes wont be open for another 40 days, maybe a bit longer for Lava, Hosmer etc. as they are locked behind the “Snow Gate” but soon the High Lakes will be ready to go. In the meantime, If lake fishing is what you’re into (and who isn’t) we have a great report from two of my favorite lakes, Lake Billy Chinook, and Prineville Reservoir. We also have a report from the Metolius, Crooked and Deschutes rivers and a report of some excellent steelhead fishing in the far off northern corner of the state! This last week the Central Oregon Sportsmen Show kicked off and although I wasn’t able to go, There were lots of seminars, booths and great intell to be shared if you made it. This region of our state is really chalk full of amazing lakes, rivers and ponds to fish and reminds me how lucky/blessed we are to live in such an amazing state! Now let’s get to it!! Over on…

Checking in with The Joseph Fly Shoppe, (541) 432-4343, Steelhead fishing had been HOT the past week. There were reports up and down the river of fish being caught by those drifting gear and swinging flies. One Spey fisherman reported banking 5 steelhead daily. ODFW creel checkers reported most fishermen were banking at least one fish per day.

The best fishing was sun up to noon, then the river would turn a bit milky with the runoff from the warmer afternoon weather. The report is similar on the Grande Ronde with fishing reported as good. On the Imnaha, steelhead fishing has been slow, but fishing for trout has been good with some really nice fish being hooked.
 
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The Guides Forecast
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Weather Outlook Across Central and Eastern Oregon: This coming week’s weather outlook has an incoming cold front that will be with us at the start the weekend, with a warmup later in the weekend and especially into next week. Warm in Central Oregon, seasonal in the northeast, and throughout eastern Oregon next week. With the passing front, it will be windy heading into the weekend, with forecasted calming winds throughout the region during next week.

CENTRAL OREGON WATERS

Lower Deschutes River:
Nymphing will remain hot! Like on waters across the region, expect winds and dropping temperatures going into the weekend, but conditions will improve Sunday and going into next week.

Middle Deschutes River: The Middle Deschutes is continuing to drop!

Haystack Reservoir is fishing well with reports of catches of rainbows. If fly fishing, start with Balanced Leeches under an indicator.

Lake Billy Chinook fishing opportunities are only improving as we get into April. The Metolius Arm is open (tribal pass required) and bull trout fishing in that area is picking up.

Crooked River: Water flows on the Crooked are on the rise! Water levels started rising earlier this week! At the time of this writing, flows and the system have stabilized enough to turn the fishing back on.

Fall River: Fall River is producing good fishing opportunities, and the popularity continues. ODFW released 1000 trophy size hatchery rainbows into Fall River this week. Reports are that there are fishing opportunities all over including, Camp Ground, Hatchery, Tubes and Falls.

Metolius River: Overall, the Met has been fishing well, and plenty of other anglers during the day. Fishing is improving with warmer temperatures and longer days.

If you are fortunate enough to catch a bull trout, please keep-em-wet, releasing these precious predators unharmed and as quickly as possible. Thanks much.

South Twin Lake: South Twin Lake is accessible. Jeff Perin at The Flyfisher’s Place in Sisters reports on an angler having fair success with a quick sinking (Type V) line stripping beadhead leech patterns.

Suttle Lake: The ice is off, and there has been a boat on the lake on two different occasions, so early season fishing may be starting. This weekend will start off with windy conditions, and boating on Suttle will likely not be fun on Saturday.

Crescent Lake: Crescent lake is accessible, but very low showing at 26 % full as of April 8. Hope to have some reports from the water soon from an expert angling buddy. The lake is accessible from the boat ramp at the resort, for a $10 fee paid to the resort.

Bend Area Ponds, Shevlin Pond: ODFW is scheduled to stock Shevlin again next week. Great opportunities to bring the younger anglers out.

EASTERN/SOUTHEASTERN OREGON WATERS

Chickahominy Reservoir:
Fish are in the reservoir. Last year water levels were low, and water remains low this year. That being said, fly anglers were catching fish last fall on streamers and bugger patterns, and reports are that fish are present in the reservoir.

Ana Reservoir: There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir. The reservoir was just stocked this past week.

Owyhee River: River levels are on the rise earlier than planned! That will affect fishing for the next few days, and coupled with the early weekend cold front, Oregon anglers will not likely want to make the trip for any weekend outings.

NORTHEAST OREGON WATERS

Wallowa River
: The Wallowa is running high and no reports of steelhead at this time, although fish are in river and moving.

Remember that trout fishing on the Wallowa is now open year-round, so trout opportunities exists.

Grande Ronde River:
Water levels have been rising day by day. I recommend checking in with The Joseph Fly Shoppe at (541) 432-4343 around midday before setting off for the Grande Ronde. Note that the shop is now closed for the season.

Imnaha River: No on the ground reports this week. ODFW reports that steelhead are moving through the system, but their own creel surveys show that catches are variable.
 
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The Guides Forecast
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Ana Reservoir: There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir. The reservoir was stocked in April and stocked with 3000 legal size rainbow trout last week, and is due to be stocked with 2400 legal size rainbows next week.

Trolling lures and flies, and bait are taking fish.

Chickahominy Reservoir: Last month ODFW removed the trout bag limit on Chickahominy because of low water levels, specifically the reservoir is less than 10% full and there is approximately 6 feet of water in the deepest locations.

The lake is accessible. The bottom of the boat ramp was about a foot or two above the water in March. ODFW does not recommend launching a propeller driven boat out there. It is very turbid and there are some boulders in shallow water near the dam. A drift boat would be fine, and so are pontoon boats, but note that the reservoir level is dropping now.

The trout ODFW sampled this spring ranged from 10 to 22 inches.
Power Bait on the bottom were taking fish.

Chewaucan River: Runoff will be a short-lived event this year. The Chewaucan is fishing better now for trout with nymphs and lures right now. Fishing will improve through the month of May.

Krumbo Reservoir: Krumbo has been stocked with 13,000 rainbow trout during April.

NORTHEAST OREGON WATERS
Wallowa Lake: There are reports of kokanee action on the lake. The Wallowa Lake Marina is reporting catches of kokanee. Trolling with flasher rigs/single blade is working now, as well as jigging. Reports are that most fish are taken while trolling. Wallowa Lake is fishing best where the river enters the lake.

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Ana Reservoir: There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir. The reservoir was stocked several times including with 2400 trout last week.

Lofton Reservoir: I’ve fished Lofton in the past, and heard stories dating back 40 and 50 years of some of the trout taken from Lofton. Lofton was stocked this week with 700 legal and 300 trophy trout, and is scheduled to be stocked again next week with the same mix of trout.

Chewaucan River: The Chewaucan is fishing better now for trout with nymphs and lures right now. Fishing is good right now.

Krumbo Reservoir: Krumbo has been stocked with 13,000 rainbow trout during April.
 
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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports

Ana Reservoir: There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir for legal and trophy size trout. Trolling lures and flies, and bait are taking fish.

Lofton Reservoir: I’ve fished Lofton in the past, and heard stories dating back 40 and 50 years of some of the trout taken from Lofton. Lofton is fishing well for stocked legal and trophy trout.

Sprague River: Upper Forks of the Sprague, such as the North Fork have good USFS access. There was still some black drake activity in the upper portions of the river, although any attractor dry fly will be effective in the upper stretches.

Williamson River: It is Hexagenia time on the Williamson, a bit early, but not unexpected. The mainstem right now, and upper river should be fishing well for late evening Hexagenia hatches next week with the incoming warm weather.

Both the upper and lower Williamson Rivers are fishing well for redband rainbows.

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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Northeast Rivers Are Dropping Into Fishing Shape; Wallowa Lake Fishing Is Holding Up In The Heat

Weather Outlook Across Central and Eastern Oregon:

After scorching temperatures since last weekend, much of the region will experience high temperatures going into the holiday weekend, well into the 90s around the Cascade Lakes Highway, and Northeast Oregon. Excessive heat warnings remain in place for Central and Northeast Oregon through at least Sunday. The Excessive Heat Warning is for: Foothills of the Northern Blue Mountains of Oregon, Eastern Columbia River Gorge of Oregon, Central Oregon, Foothills of the Southern Blue Mountains of Oregon and North Central Oregon.

EASTERN/SOUTHEASTERN OREGON WATERS

Ana Reservoir: There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir for legal and trophy size trout. The reservoir was just stocked this past week.

Lofton Reservoir: I’ve fished Lofton in the past and heard stories dating back 40 and 50 years of some of the trout taken from Lofton.

Sprague River: Upper Forks of the Sprague, such as the North Fork have good USFS access.

Williamson River: It is Hexagenia time on the Williamson, a bit early, but expected.

Klamath River (below Keno dam): The Klamath was fishing well with dry flies over this past week.

Krumbo Reservoir: Krumbo is fishing well for stocked legal and trophy sized trout.

NORTHEAST OREGON WATERS
Wallowa Lake: Wallowa is fishing well for trout, with recent stockings of legal and trophy sized trout. Fishing at the inlet has been best.
Even Wallowa Lake at nearly 4,400 feet is hot. Recent reports are that the kokanee bite is picking up.

Wallowa River: Rob from The Joseph Fly Shoppe is dropping. A check of the mean daily flow as of today shows 600 CFS.

Grande Ronde River: Report from Rob at the Joseph Fly Shoppe are that there are active stone flies on the lower portion.

Imnaha River: The Imnaha is back in the report and fishing well – lots of hopper action on the river. Water level has dropped and now around 150 CFS, which is lower than the raging levels in recent weeks.

High Lakes: Not yet accessible. Watch for upcoming reports.
 
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Oregon fishing report Eastern Redside

Hoot Owl Restrictions: Walla Walla River and Tributaries

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 Walla Walla River and all tributaries.

Ana Reservoir: LIKELY AFFECTED BY SMOKE FROM THE BOOTLEG FIRE
There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir for legal and trophy size trout. The reservoir was just stocked this past week.

Trolling lures and flies, and bait are taking fish.

Blitzen River: Mayfly and caddis nymphing is effective right now.

Lofton Reservoir: Affected by the Bootleg fire. Inaccessible.

Krumbo Reservoir: Inaccessible due to the Bootleg Fire. Krumbo is slowing down for trout. Turn on to warmwater species opportunities, such as bass fishing on Krumbo.

Sprague River: Inaccessible. Heavily affected by the Bootleg Fire. Consider this river to be off-limits for the time being.

Klamath River (below Keno dam): The Klamath was fishing well with dry flies over this past week.

Owyhee River: Reports are that the mornings are a bit slow. However, afternoon fishing.

Wallowa River: Now under Hoot Owl restrictions. Rob from The Joseph Fly Shoppe reports the river level is dropping. River flows are in and around 105 CFS right now. Only option now is to fish the Wallowa River very early in the morning. Temperatures warm to about the mid 60s by the afternoon.

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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports bi-weekly.

We are in the middle of another heat wave, with temperatures in the high 90s and 100s through the region, and a heat advisory through Saturday at 8PM. There is on and off smoke haze in the Cascades, High Desert, and Southeast Oregon.

ODFW News Update: In Wallowa County, the bag and size limits will be lifted for the following bodies of water from July 14 through Sept. 30:
• Honeymoon Pond
• Tee Pee Pond
• McGraw Pond
• Salt Creek Summit Pond, and;
• Kinney Lake

In Baker County, the bag and size limits will be lifted for the following bodies of water July 15 through Oct. 10:
• Phillips Reservoir between Mason Dam and Hudspeth Road
• Thief Valley Reservoir, and;
• Powder River between Thief Valley Reservoir and Phillips Reservoir

EXCEPTIONS: Bull Trout and Tiger Muskie must be released unharmed in the water body they are encountered.
Hoot Owl Restrictions: Walla Walla River and Tributaries

• 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 Walla Walla River and all tributaries.

Ana Reservoir: LIKELY AFFECTED BY SMOKE FROM THE BOOTLEG FIRE There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir for legal and trophy size trout.

Trolling lures and flies, and bait are taking fish.

Blitzen River: The Blitzen has warmed up with temperatures in the 70s. This is not a good fishing option right now, especially with the current hot weather.

Lofton Reservoir: Affected by the Bootleg fire. Inaccessible.

Lofton is slowing down. Try early morning. Fishing for stocked legal and trophy trout. Spoons are working, as are slow trolled leech flies.

Chewaucan River: Affected and inaccessible due to the Bootleg Fire. The river is too hot to fish. Not even an option.
Krumbo Reservoir: Inaccessible due to the Bootleg Fire. Krumbo is slowing down for trout. Turn on to warmwater species opportunities, such as bass fishing on Krumbo.

Sprague River: Inaccessible. Heavily affected by the Bootleg Fire. Consider this river to be off-limits for the time being.
Williamson River: The upper Williamson is off-limits from the Bootleg Fire and parts of the area have burned, and lower stretches are affected in some areas as well.

Klamath River: Closed between Keno dam and JC Boyle Reservoir. Golden stones are active below JC Boyle dam. Evening caddis activity below JC Boyle.

Owyhee River: Evenings with streamers are the time to hit the Owyhee.

Wallowa Lake: Wallowa Lake was recently stocked with 5400 legal size trout and 180 trophy trout. The lake remains one of the viable fishing options in the heat. The kokanee bite is on and catch rates are good.

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.

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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports bi-weekly, here is last week’s report.

We are in the middle of another heat wave, with temperatures in the high 90s and 100s through the region, and a heat advisory through Saturday at 8PM. There is on and off smoke haze in the Cascades, High Desert, and Southeast Oregon.

ODFW News Update: In Wallowa County, the bag and size limits will be lifted for the following bodies of water from July 14 through Sept. 30:

  • Honeymoon Pond
  • Tee Pee Pond
  • McGraw Pond
  • Salt Creek Summit Pond, and;
  • Kinney Lake
In Baker County, the bag and size limits will be lifted for the following bodies of water July 15 through Oct. 10:

  • Phillips Reservoir between Mason Dam and Hudspeth Road
  • Thief Valley Reservoir, and;
  • Powder River between Thief Valley Reservoir and Phillips Reservoir
EXCEPTIONS: Bull Trout and Tiger Muskie must be released unharmed in the water body they are encountered.

Hoot Owl Restrictions: Walla Walla River and Tributaries

  • 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 Walla Walla River and all tributaries.
Ana Reservoir: LIKELY AFFECTED BY SMOKE FROM THE BOOTLEG FIRE There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir for legal and trophy size trout.

Trolling lures and flies, and bait are taking fish.

Blitzen River: The Blitzen has warmed up with temperatures in the 70s. This is not a good fishing option right now, especially with the current hot weather.

Lofton Reservoir: Affected by the Bootleg fire. Inaccessible.

Lofton is slowing down. Try early morning. Fishing for stocked legal and trophy trout. Spoons are working, as are slow trolled leech flies.

Sprague River: Inaccessible. Heavily affected by the Bootleg Fire. Consider this river to be off-limits for the time being.

Williamson River: The upper Williamson is off-limits from the Bootleg Fire and parts of the area have burned, and lower stretches are affected in some areas as well.

Klamath River: Closed between Keno dam and JC Boyle Reservoir. Golden stones are active below JC Boyle dam. Evening caddis activity below JC Boyle.

Owyhee River: Evenings with streamers are the time to hit the Owyhee.

Wallowa Lake: Wallowa Lake was recently stocked with 5400 legal size trout and 180 trophy trout. The lake remains one of the viable fishing options in the heat. The kokanee bite is on and catch rates are good. 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.

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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports bi-weekly, here is this week’s report.

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

Northeast Oregon will be in the 70s through the weekend, and highs in the 50s much of next week. Sunny on the weekend, and partly cloudy conditions are in the forecast for next week.

Blitzen River: The Blitzen still gets too warm during the afternoons, but early morning temperatures are in the high 50s. Fishing is viable for a few hours during the morning. Flows remain low in the 23 to 26 CFS range, near historic low averages.

The Bootleg Fire is making a lot of what inaccessable.

Wallowa Lake is fishing well for trout. Wallowa Lake was stocked in August with 5400 legal size trout and 180 trophy trout. Rob at the The Joseph Fly Shoppe thinks Wallowa Lake is one of the best in Oregon right now for stocked trout.

Northeast Oregon High Lakes: Straight from The Joseph Fly Shoppe – “We are getting some better fishing reports this year compared to last year, but numerous lakes still fishing tough. Some of the better lakes appear to include: Anaroid, Francis, Frazier, Crescent, Raze, Ice, possibly Glacier. Some of the more difficult lakes appear to be: Maxwell, Chimney, and the heart of the Lake Basin lakes”

Wallowa River: A great fishing option for Northeast Oregon – The Wallowa River is fishing great with good reports coming from The Joseph Fly Shoppe. Wallowa River flow increased through the week to 170 CFS. This is one of the most solid options in the Northeast. Check out Glenn’s detailed report and forecast in this week’s paid version for Chinook and Steelhead Members both!

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Eastern Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports bi-weekly, here is this week’s report.

EASTERN/SOUTHEASTERN OREGON Fishing Report

In Baker County, the bag and size limits will be lifted for the following bodies of water July 15 through Oct. 10:

  • Phillips Reservoir between Mason Dam and Hudspeth Road
  • Thief Valley Reservoir, and;
  • Powder River between Thief Valley Reservoir and Phillips Reservoir
EXCEPTIONS: Bull Trout and Tiger Muskie must be released unharmed in the water body they are encountered.

Ana Reservoir: There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir for legal and trophy size trout. Trout are going for callibaetis and caddis.

Upper Klamath Lake: Starting to fish well with cooler temperatures. This is now a great October option.

Wallowa Lake is fishing well for trout. Wallowa Lake was stocked in August with 5400 legal size trout and 180 trophy trout. Rob at the The Joseph Fly Shoppe thinks Wallowa Lake is one of the best in Oregon right now for stocked trout.

Wallowa River: The Joseph Fly Shoppe reports Wallowa trout fishing is still very good for large trout and fish numbers.

Imnaha River: Rob at The Joseph Fly Shoppe reports he heard of one steelhead caught on the Imnaha.

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Eastern Oregon Fishing Report - Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports bi-weekly, here is last week's report.
EASTERN/SOUTHEASTERN OREGON WATERS

In Baker County, the bag and size limits will be lifted for the following bodies of water July 15 through Oct. 10:

  • Phillips Reservoir between Mason Dam and Hudspeth Road
  • Thief Valley Reservoir, and;
  • Powder River between Thief Valley Reservoir and Phillips Reservoir
EXCEPTIONS: Bull Trout and Tiger Muskie must be released unharmed in the water body they are encountered.

Ana Reservoir: There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir for legal and trophy size trout. Trout are going for callibaetis and caddis.

Upper Klamath Lake: Starting to fish well with cooler temperatures. This is now a great October option.

Wallowa Lake is fishing well for trout. Wallowa Lake was stocked in August with 5400 legal size trout and 180 trophy trout. Rob at the The Joseph Fly Shoppe thinks Wallowa Lake is one of the best in Oregon right now for stocked trout.

Wallowa River: The Joseph Fly Shoppe reports Wallowa trout fishing is still very good for large trout and fish numbers.

Imnaha River: Rob at The Joseph Fly Shoppe reports he heard of one steelhead caught on the Imnaha.

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- Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports bi-weekly, here is this week's report.

Ana Reservoir: There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir for legal and trophy size trout.

Upper Klamath Lake: Starting to fish well with cooler temperatures. This is now a great Octoberoption.

Wallowa Lake was stocked in August with 5400 legal size trout and 180 trophy trout. Rob at the The Joseph Fly Shoppe thinks Wallowa Lake is one of the best in Oregon right now for stocked trout.

Jubilee Lake: Jubilee Lake, in the Umatilla National Forest was stocked with 2000 legal size trout.

Wallowa River: The Joseph Fly Shoppe reports Wallowa trout fishing is still very good for large trout and fish numbers.

Grande Ronde River: The Joseph Fly Shoppe reports that ODFW Creel Checkers” reported 19 anglers checked and 19 steelhead landed OR/WA for an average of 3.9 hrs/fish. Very encouraging, especially this year!

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It’s November in the high desert and the mountains. Generally, there will be on and off rain. There is a chance of rain Friday and Saturday with highs in the mid 40s, overnight lows in the mid 30s; with cooler temperatures at higher elevations. There are snow chances on Saturday, with snow levels at 4000 feet later Friday, dropping to 3500 feet Friday and Saturday.

The Lower Deschutes Canyon will have clearer weather than elsewhere for the weekend through Sunday with highs in the 50s, lows in the 40s except Sunday night when temperatures will drop to near freezing. Winds pick up during Saturday afternoon.



Lower Deschutes River:

November brings a close to fishing on the Warm Springs Reservation.

With recent and upcoming weather, it’s nymphing time with some occasional BWO hatches. BWOs on the overcast and wet days during the first half of the afternoon.

Heard Panther Martins were working well – have a little blue color on the lure. Best to clip the treble and use a single hook, please.

Crooked River: This time of year, and through the winter, the Crooked fishes well. Friends have started catching more fish nymphing – Perdigons have been the ticket.

Lake Billy Chinook: No new reports. Kokanee are coloring up and running up the Metolius.

North and South Twin Lakes: North Twin and South Twin awere both stocked with 500 trophy trout during mid-September. Both lakes are accessible now in early November, and not a bad option along the Cascade Lakes Highway.

Josh at Tim’s Fishin Tackle Shop in Lapine reports both lakes are getting low.

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 20 % full as of today.

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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports bi-weekly, here is this week’s report. (Also a repeat from last week).

It’s November in the high desert and the mountains. Generally, there will be on and off rain. There is a chance of rain Friday and Saturday with highs in the mid 40s, overnight lows in the mid 30s; with cooler temperatures at higher elevations. There are snow chances on Saturday, with snow levels at 4000 feet later Friday, dropping to 3500 feet Friday and Saturday.

The Lower Deschutes Canyon will have clearer weather than elsewhere for the weekend through Sunday with highs in the 50s, lows in the 40s except Sunday night when temperatures will drop to near freezing. Winds pick up during Saturday afternoon.

Lower Deschutes River:

November brings a close to fishing on the Warm Springs Reservation.

With recent and upcoming weather, it’s nymphing time with some occasional BWO hatches. BWOs on the overcast and wet days during the first half of the afternoon.

Heard Panther Martins were working well – have a little blue color on the lure. Best to clip the treble and use a single hook, please. Crooked River: This time of year, and through the winter, the Crooked fishes well. Friends have started catching more fish nymphing – Perdigons have been the ticket.

Lake Billy Chinook: No new reports. Kokanee are coloring up and running up the Metolius.

North and South Twin Lakes: North Twin and South Twin were both stocked with 500 trophy trout during mid-September. Both lakes are accessible now in early November, and not a bad option along the Cascade Lakes Highway.

Josh at Tim’s Fishin Tackle Shop in Lapine reports both lakes are getting low. 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 20 % full as of today.

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Northeast Oregon starts off with some snow and rain showers on Friday, becoming sunny for the weekend and through the first half of next week. High temperatures will be in the 40s through much of the time, except Saturday that will peak in the high 30s. Nightly lows in the 20s.

Southeast Oregon remains dry, with high temperatures in the 40s into next week, and nightly lows in the 20s and 30s.

Wallowa Lake was stocked in August with 5400 legal size trout and 180 trophy trout. Rob at the The Joseph Fly Shoppe thinks Wallowa Lake is one of the best in Oregon right now for stocked trout. There is some action on the south side of the lake with small dry flies – anything like a parachute Adams, Purple Haze and Elk Wing Caddis are taking fish.

Jubilee Lake: Jubilee Lake, in the Umatilla National Forest was stocked with 2000 legal size trout.

Wallowa River: Rob at the Joseph Fly Shoppe reports Wallowa trout fishing has been good for trout up through now. Nymphing, soft hackles, and lures have been taking trout, including some larger trout.

As for the coming weeks, Rob comments that the cold weather starts to slow down the trout fishing, and when temperatures drop below 42 degrees, the fish begin to shut off.

The Wallowa River steelhead run is slightly later than the run on the Grande Ronde, as the steelhead wait for higher river levels.

Grande Ronde River: The very latest from the Joseph Fly Shoppe reports that ODFW Creel Checkers in the Troy area have only seen 1 or 2 fish caught recently, a change from the very encouraging numbers from a few weeks back.

The steelhead seem to be moving through in pods, so it is a matter of timing. If angling at a time the pod is moving through, steelheading can be quite good. ODFW reports that steelhead are showing up at the hatchery.

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The Guides Forecast
Contributor Glenn Zinkus

Northeast Oregon starts off with some snow and rain showers on Friday, becoming sunny for the weekend and through the first half of next week. High temperatures will be in the 40s through much of the time, except Saturday that will peak in the high 30s. Nightly lows in the 20s.

Southeast Oregon remains dry, with high temperatures in the 40s into next week, and nightly lows in the 20s and 30s.

Wallowa Lake was stocked in August with 5400 legal size trout and 180 trophy trout. Rob at the The Joseph Fly Shoppe thinks Wallowa Lake is one of the best in Oregon right now for stocked trout. There is some action on the south side of the lake with small dry flies – anything like a parachute Adams, Purple Haze and Elk Wing Caddis are taking fish.

Jubilee Lake: Jubilee Lake, in the Umatilla National Forest was stocked with 2000 legal size trout.

Wallowa River: Rob at the Joseph Fly Shoppe reports Wallowa trout fishing has been good for trout up through now. Nymphing, soft hackles, and lures have been taking trout, including some larger trout.

As for the coming weeks, Rob comments that the cold weather starts to slow down the trout fishing, and when temperatures drop below 42 degrees, the fish begin to shut off.

The Wallowa River steelhead run is slightly later than the run on the Grande Ronde, as the steelhead wait for higher river levels.

Grande Ronde River: The very latest from the Joseph Fly Shoppe reports that ODFW Creel Checkers in the Troy area have only seen 1 or 2 fish caught recently, a change from the very encouraging numbers from a few weeks back.

The steelhead seem to be moving through in pods, so it is a matter of timing. If angling at a time the pod is moving through, steelheading can be quite good. ODFW reports that steelhead are showing up at the hatchery.

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The Guides Forecast
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Central Oregon Fishing Reports - Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:
(Glenn will be providing fresh reports every OTHER week through the winter season.) This week's report...


Weather Outlook Across Central and Eastern Oregon:

The areas with higher elevation and proximity to the Cascades received copious amounts of snow starting last Christmas evening that continues to affect access to some waters and remains a consideration when deciding where to fish.

The extreme cold is currently giving way to more normal daytime temperatures. Snow is expected on New Year’s Eve daytime through much of the high desert, with more accumulation in the higher elevations and locations near the Cascades, like the Metolius River. Saturday and Sunday daytimes look to be great; sunny with temperatures in the 30s. Mixed precipitation is in the forecast next week.

ODFW News - Angling Restrictions

Deschutes River

Mouth to Moody Rapids - Includes the Deschutes River mouth at the westbound Interstate 84 Bridge upstream to the marker at the lower end of Moody Rapids.

  • All angling is closed through December 31.
Moody Rapids to Pelton Dam - Includes the Deschutes River from the marker at the lower end of Moody Rapids upstream to Pelton Reregulating Dam.

  • November 1 – December 31: Closed to angling for and retention of steelhead and coho.
Mouth at westbound I-85 bridge upstream to the Pelton Dam regulating reservoir -

  • Closed to all angling for and retention of steelhead from Jan. 1 to May 31, 2022.
  • All other permanent rules for the Central Zone, as stated in the 2022 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, remain in effect.
Lower Deschutes River:

Lower Deschutes flows are steady at typical winter levels. It’s been cold and snowy this week between Christmas and New Years. With the onset of winter temperatures and conditions, blue wing olives are the primary hatch during the early afternoons. Nymphing will produce on the Lower Deschutes. Best fishing starts during the late morning and continues through the afternoon up until sunset.

Heard Panther Martins were working well – have a little blue color on the lure. Best to clip the treble and use a single hook, please.

Crooked River: Flows remain low and steady. With the snow and cold temperatures over this past holiday week, there is some icing along the edges.
 

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