SE Oregon Fishing Report

The Guides Forecast
Chickahominy Reservoir: Ice is off, and 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. I have not found any anglers who have been on the reservoir yet this year, but it is a reasonable trip for anglers based in central and eastern Oregon. Wind is likely to be blowing in this area through the weekend.

Owyhee River: Weather outlook around the Owyhee is looking reasonable through the weekend and into next week. River levels are steady and will likely remain so for the next couple of weeks. Fish this river carefully with these low flows by being stealthy, and watch for fish activity before any blind casting. Nymphing with a zebra midge, or small pheasant tail under a skwala dry fly will produce, as will stripping in smaller buggers.

With warmer weather starting to settle into the far reaches of eastern Oregon, watch for more prolific hatches as we go into the latter half of March. The midges and baetis hatches are increasing. The Skwala stoneflies are making their first appearances now.

Suggested Owyhee River Dries: CDC Hanging Midge #20-22, Trailing Shuck Midge #20-22, Rogue Skwala #8-12, Bullethead Skwala #8-12, CFO Hummer Skwala #8-12.

Suggested Owyhee River Nymphs and Wets: Demon Midge #18-22, Zebra Midge #18-22, Manhattan Midge #18-22, WD Flashy #18-22, San Juan Worm #12-18, Simi Seal Leech #10-12, Wooly Bugger #10-12, Pheasant Tails # 18-20.
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The Guides Forecast
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.


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.


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.


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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