Central Zone

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent ice or fishing reports. Reservoir could be frozen over. Use caution if ice fishing. Opportunities for 12- to 18-inch rainbow are good. Call the Ochoco National Forest for snow and access conditions (541-416-6500)

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

No recent reports. There could be lots of holdover trout from last fall’s stocking.  

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, kokanee

Closed to fishing for the season. Will reopen April 22, 2018.  

CRESCENT LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee

Open to fishing all year. One lake trout per day, 24-inch minimum length.

CROOKED RIVER: redband trout, mountain whitefish

Opportunities for winter fishing in the Crooked River tailwater below Bowman Dam are very good. Flows were reduced to 50 cfs. Anglers are reporting good fishing for both redband trout and mountain whitefish.

CULTUS LAKE, Big: rainbow trout, lake trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year.

DESCHUTES RIVER, MOUTH TO THE PELTON REGULATING DAM: redband trout, summer steelhead, whitefish

Trout anglers should focus efforts on softer waters throughout the river. Nymph fishing can be productive during the winter months. As we progress into spring on the Lower Deschutes, trout will start becoming more active and looking for food to fatten up after winter. Take advantage of any early warm and sunny days by drifting nymphs. You may start seeing some hatches during the middle of the day.

Steelhead from last summer’s run will start spawning soon, so it’s best not to target them at this time. 2018 steelhead won’t start entering the Deschutes until late July.

Spring Chinook anglers will have the opportunity to fish on the Lower Deschutes from April 15 to June 30. The daily limit will be 1 adult and 5 jack chinook. Once an angler retains the daily adult limit of one spring chinook, that angler can no longer fish for any species of fish from Sherars Falls downstream to the railroad trestle (the bait section).  

Anglers who catch a tagged hatchery steelhead with an orange anchor tag, are encouraged to report catch information to ODFW at 541-296-4628. Anglers catching a tagged wild fish should release it immediately without recording any information.

Counts at the Sherars Falls salmon and steelhead trap. The trap is only in operation from July to the end of October. Trapping has ended at Sherars Falls for the season.

Lake Billy Chinook to Benham Falls: rainbow trout, brown trout

Anglers are reporting fair fishing between Bend and Benham Falls. Open for trout all year. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures. No size or limits on brown trout and no harvest of bull trout.

Benham Falls upstream to Little Lava Lake:

Closed to fishing for the season. Will reopen May 22, 2018.

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Forest Service Road 21 is closed for the winter at its snow park gate. Open to fishing all year. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year. Kokanee limit is 25 per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing throughout the entire river with some mid-day hatches. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing with barbless hooks only.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill

Over 300 broodstock were released a few weeks ago so fishing should be good. However, access remains an issue with only the very small parking lot near the dam open, and walk-in access difficult due to high banks. Reservoir remains open to fishing, but both boat ramps are closed for the winter. The west boat ramp is scheduled to open March 15.

HOOD RIVER: steelhead

Anglers are reporting catch of a few hatchery and wild winter steelhead, mostly in the lower river. The run will continue to increase as winter progresses towards spring. A recent push of some Hood River fish were detected at Bonneville Dam, which should mean a few more fish this week. Methods with bobbers generally work well on the Hood such as bobber and bait, beads and jigs.

A season for spring Chinook will again be allowed on the Hood River from April 15 to June 30. The daily bag limit will be 2 adult and 5 jack Chinook.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch-and-release for all species.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: bull, brown and rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass

Anglers can now keep 5 kokanee in addition to daily trout limit. Harvest is limited to 1 bull trout over 24-inches under the daily trout limit. Metolius River arm will open March 1. No bag or size limits on brown trout and bass.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

Opportunities for 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout are fair. A tribal permit is required.

LAVA LAKE, Big: rainbow trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. The lake is open to fishing all year.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Anglers report fair fishing for trout with some hatches in the mid-afternoon. Closed to fishing above Allingham Bridge. Fishing is restricted to fly-fishing only upstream of Bridge 99 (Lower Bridge). Catch-and-release for trout including bull trout. Artificial flies and lures permitted below Bridge 99 (Lower Bridge). No bait allowed.

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers report some holdover trout being caught. Open to fishing all year.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only; two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Trout 20-inches and greater must be released unharmed.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

Opportunities for both wild and hatchery rainbow trout continue to be very good. Average size is 12- to 16-inches. Trout are widespread throughout the reservoir. Black crappie and smallmouth bass are also available but less active during winter. The gate on the ramp is open but the boat dock is out of the water.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

Closed to fishing for the season. Will reopen April 22, 2018. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Forest Service Road 21 is closed for the winter at the snow park gate. The lake is open to fishing all year. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

No recent reports but there should be lots of holdover trout from last fall’s stocking.

PINE NURSERY POND (Bend): rainbow trout, bluegill, bass

Open to fishing all year. Anglers may keep two fish per day.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie

Angler reports suggest increased stocking last year has resulted in anglers catching more and bigger fish. There are recent reports of fish up to 20-inches being caught.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Ice fishing is not allowed. Pond is closed when iced over.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports. Lake will be stocked the week of March 19.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Open all year. Open to youth only (17 years and under) and disabled anglers. Limit is two fish per day.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year.

SPARKS LAKE: cutthroat trout

Snow gates west of Mt. Bachelor between Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge are closed for the winter. Open to fishing all year. Fly-fishing only, barbless hooks required.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

Open to fishing all year. 25 kokanee per day in addition to daily trout limit. No size limits on kokanee.

TAYLOR LAKE (Wasco County): rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Scheduled to be stocked in mid-March.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The road to the lake is closed. Open to fishing all year.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake is frozen over and the gate is closed. Access is via foot. Anglers are encouraged to use caution while ice fishing.

WICKIUP RESERVOIR: kokanee, brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Closed to fishing for the season.