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The 2015 Annual Fishing Guide

Central Zone

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rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
-Photo by Wes Niestrath-

Most rivers and streams open for trout fishing on May 23, though several notable rivers are open to trout fishing year-round including the lower Deschutes, Crooked, Upper Fall and Metolius. The section of the Deschutes River from the northern boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation to the Pelton Regulating Dam opens for trout on April 25. Rivers and streams are no longer stocked and most trout fishing will be for native rainbow trout commonly called redbands.

The Central Zone Stream Regulations allow the harvest of two trout per day, flies and lures only. Streams where bait is allowed are noted specifically in the Special Regulations for that water body. Anglers should consult the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for any special regulations, and ODFW’s web site for any changes or updates on regulations as the season progresses.

Trout stocking in lakes and reservoirs usually begins shortly after snowmelt. Consult the trout stocking schedule to see when specific waterbodies are being stocked. The Upper Deschutes River and Crooked River sub-basin received 20-30 percent of their average annual snowpack and are below normal for overall precipitation, while streams draining Mt. Hood have received average, or slightly less than average, snowpack.

Reservoirs near the Cascades are at full pool, but are expected to drop rapidly through the spring and summer months. Reservoirs in the Crooked River watershed are approximately 75 percent full.

The warmer than usual winter and spring should result in excellent early season trout fishing opportunities.

Thoughout the season, you can call the Deschutes, Ochoco or Mt. Hood National Forests or local lake resorts for current updates on road and lake conditions.


Summer steelhead usually begin to enter the Hood and Deschutes rivers in July with the run usually peaking in September. There is excellent bank access on both rivers, and the Deschutes offers a variety of floats from one to several days long. The Hood River primarily gets a run of winter steelhead, usually peaking in early April.

A spring Chinook season has been authorized for the Hood River. The season on the Hood opens on April 15 and runs through June 30. Spring Chinook are typically late running in the Hood River, with the peak of run occurring late in May. Due to projected low returns of spring Chinook in the Deschutes, there will be no spring Chinook season in 2015. The Hood River offers the bank-bound angler one of their best chances for catching and landing a famed Columbia River spring Chinook. Check the ODFW site for season details.

Haystack Reservoir
Fishing at Haystack Reservoir


The Central Zone offers a variety of warmwater angling opportunities in a variety of settings: trophy bass in high Cascade lakes (Davis Lake and Crane Prairie Reservoir) to crappie and catfish in juniper-sagebrush surrounded reservoirs (Prineville and Haystack Reservoirs). Fishing for bass, panfish and crappie is best during the spring when they are moving into shallow water to spawn, the timing of which is largely determined by water temperatures reaching 50oF.

The Columbia River above Bonneville Dam is famed for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing. There is plentiful access for both boat and bank anglers.

Bass and crappie fishing generally slows down following spawning as the fish disperse to deeper water, although the schooling nature of crappie makes them easier to find and fish for during the summer (usually jigging for them in water up to 30-35 feet deep). Fishing for catfish during evenings and at night starts picking up about the time when bass and crappie have finished spawning, continues to improve as water temperatures warm and remains fairly consistent until the water begins to cool in the fall.

To learn what’s biting and where, check out the ODFW Weekly Recreation Report. Each week our biologists update fishing conditions on rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs and ponds throughout the state.

Alphabetical listing:

Antelope Flat Reservoir: Open to year-round fishing, but access may be limited by snow or mud in winter and early spring. The reservoir did not completely fill this year and will reach the minimum pool level earlier than normal. When the water is low, it is regularly turbid due to the wind-created wave action constantly stirring up the mud flat, which will negatively impact catch rates. There are good numbers of 12 to 16 inch trout with a few over 20 inches. Word spread quickly about the excellent fishing after the successful treatment in 2009 to remove brown bullhead so these larger fish are harder to come by due to the increase in pressure. The reservoir is stocked annually with 2,500 catchable trout and 6,000 fingerlings in the spring. The trout demonstrate excellent growth and body condition.

There is an unimproved boat ramp for small to medium-sized boats; however, this is often not operational by late summer. Camping opportunities are available at a managed Ochoco National Forest campground.

Contact the USFS Prineville Ranger District for more information regarding road conditions and access. The reservoir is located in the Maury Mountains approximately 30 miles east of Prineville, but is also accessible off of Hwy 20 E from Bend.

Pine Nursery Park Pond
Bend Pine Nursery Park Pond
-Photo by Rick Swart-

Bend Pine Nursery Pond: The pond is located in the old Bend Pine Nursery off of Purcell Blvd. The pond is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring; bass and bluegill are present throughout the year. The pond is open to all licensed anglers and there is a two fish daily limit.

Big Lava Lake: Big Lava Lake is always a good choice for catching nice rainbow trout. Most fish will run 10 to 13-inches long, with some fish in the 14 to 16-inch range, and an occasional fish up to 20-inches and larger. Big Lava is a great lake for boat anglers and anglers using smaller pontoon craft or other floatation devices. There is also some great shoreline fishing opportunity. Big Lava is stocked annually in early spring with over 100,000 fingerling trout and 5,000 catchable rainbow. These fish grow quickly throughout the summer and a number of them will be legal-sized by the end of summer.

Bikini Pond: Open all year, this pond located in the Mayer State Park, just west of The Dalles. The pond is stocked with rainbow trout in the fall and the spring and is a great place to take kids. High summer water temperatures will limit success during the summer months.

Cascade Mountain Lakes: These small, high lakes offer excellent fishing opportunities for brook trout, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. Many of these lakes see very few visitors during the summer months. These lakes are open to fishing all year, but check on access into higher elevation areas before venturing into these isolated areas. The lakes with fish include Rainey, Black, Bear, Warren, Whatum, Scout, Jean, Little Boulder, Big Boulder, Lower Twin, and Catalpa. Anglers looking for access information on lakes within the Mt. Hood National Forest should contact either the Hood River Hood River Ranger District at 541-352-6002 or the Dufur Ranger District at 541-467-2291. For lakes within the Deschutes National Forest call 541-383-4000.

Clear Lake and Frog Lake: These lakes are open to fishing all year. They are located east of Government Camp, and are easily accessed from Hwy 26. The lakes will be stocked with both legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout as soon as access allows. Contact the Mt. Hood National Forest Hood River Ranger District at 541-352-6002 for access and camping information.

Frog Lake provides good fishing throughout the summer, while Clear Lake (actually an irrigation storage reservoir) usually provides the best fishing opportunity early in the season before low water conditions prevail during the summer.

Crane Prairie Reservoir: Crane Prairie is located off of the Cascade Lakes Highway (Forest Service Road 46) and is easily accessible from Bend and Sunriver. Contact the Deschutes National Forest or Crane Prairie Resort for up-to-date conditions. Crane Prairie Reservoir offers great fishing for rainbow trout, brook trout and warmwater fish. All hatchery fish are marked with an adipose fin clip so please voluntarily limit your harvest of wild trout to protect this fishery.

Please note the five fish daily trout bag may include only one non-fin-clipped (wild) rainbow trout.

Current regulations limit the harvest of rainbow trout to one fish over 16 inches. This will help to increase the number of quality trout available to anglers.

Anglers should expect fish to be scattered early in the season and should target shallow water areas for best early season success. Large numbers of brook trout are available, and the best brook trout fishing is early and late in the season. Fish for brook trout at dawn and dusk with flies, lures and bait. Anglers after bigger brook trout should cast their fly, lure or bait close to cover such as submerged logs or undercut banks. Once you hook your brook trout head for open water as they are notorious for tangling the angler’s line around logs and rocks.

Crane Prairie offers good largemouth bass fishing opportunities. Opportunities for largemouth should improve as water temperatures increase; target willow areas early in the season. Crane has been producing large kokanee in the 14 to 18-inch range the last few years as well.

Crane Prairie Reservoir will be full early in the season, but anglers can expect the reservoir to drop several feet as the summer progresses.

Crescent Lake: Crescent Lake is located off of Hwy 58, east of Willamette Pass and is open year-round for fishing. Kokanee fishing is predicted to be good this year, though it may be slow early in the season with improved catches expected in May and June. Limited numbers of large lake trout and brown trout are also available. Trolling is generally most effective for these species. Several National Forest campgrounds provide camping opportunities.

Crooked River below Prinville Reservoir
Crooked River below Prinville Reservoir
-ODFW Photo-

Crooked River, Chimney Rock Segment of Wild and Scenic, below Bowman Dam: This remains one of Oregon’s premier fishing destinations. Fishing should be good for native redband trout through 2015. Snowpack in the Ochoco Mountains is well below average this year. River levels should be around 220 to 250 CFS throughout the spring and summer months.

Daily bag limit is two trout per day with an 8 inch minimum length. There is no limit to the number of whitefish that may be kept. Anglers should also take advantage of the abundant whitefish population that produces some very large individuals. Whitefish are very good eating, especially when smoked. Use of bait is permitted May 23 through Oct. 31. The balance of the year is restricted to flies and lures only.

Numerous overnight and day use areas are available on BLM lands. The Chimney Rock Segment of the Crooked River Wild and Scenic is located approximately 15 minutes south of Prineville on Hwy 27, but is also accessible from Bend on the Alfalfa Highway.

ODFW will be performing annual fish monitoring surveys utilizing electrofishing equipment during the week of June 15-19. This will temporarily affect angling opportunity from below Bowman Dam to the Cobble Rock campground. For safety reasons, we ask anglers to avoid this section during the survey.

Cultus Lake: Cultus Lake is located off of the Cascade Lakes Highway near Crane Prairie Reservoir and is easily accessible from Bend and Sunriver. Cultus Lake is open year-round, providing a good early season lake trout fishery. There is also fair opportunity for anglers targeting rainbow trout.

Davis Lake: Davis Lake is restricted to fly fishing only with barbless hooks. Davis Lake is located off the Cascade Lakes Highway near Crane Praire Reservoir and is easily accessible from Bend and Sunriver. Trout fishing is expected to be fair through the early part of the season and again late in the season. Numbers of rainbow trout are still reduced as a result of competition and predation from illegally introduced largemouth bass. Davis Lake is fly fishing only with a bag limit of two trout per day between 10 and 13inches.

Davis Lake also provides good opportunity for largemouth bass. There is no limit on the size or number of largemouth bass harvested. Bass fishing usually starts to get good when water temperatures reach 50 degrees and tapers as the lake level decreases and the water warms up later in the summer.

Closed from 1 hour after sunset until 1 hour before sunrise.

Please note that Odell Creek and the Odell Creek channel are closed upstream of West Davis Campground boat ramp until May 23, when they open for catch-and-release trout fishing using artificial flies and lures only.

Davis Lake is expected to get quite low by mid-summer. This will limit opportunity for both trout and bass. Anglers wanting to fish this unique natural lake in 2015 should focus their efforts early in the season. ODFW will be conducting annual bass removal and transfer efforts utilizing electrofishing equipment during the week of May 19-22.

Deschutes River, Lower:

Flyfishing the Deschutes
Flyfishing the Deschutes
-Photo by Rick Hargrave-

TROUT: Trout anglers should find good success throughout the early spring, as many insect hatches begin occurring on the Deschutes in the spring. The Deschutes famous salmonflies reach maturity in May and June and creates a frenzy among both trout and anglers. Anglers are reminded to avoid wading or fishing on, or near, gravel bars during the early spring to avoid disturbing spawning steelhead and trout. The daily bag limit is two trout 10 to 13-inches in length, and all rainbow trout 20 inches or more are considered steelhead.

SPRING CHINOOK: There will not be a season for spring Chinook on the lower Deschutes in 2015.

STEELHEAD: Steelhead will be arriving in the lower river in early July, with their abundance peaking by the middle of September. In general, fish can be found from the mouth to Macks Canyon in July and early August. Fish continue to move upstream towards Sherars in August and are well distributed from Sherars downstream to the mouth by September. Peak counts at Sherars Falls occur in Mid-September and by November fish are distributed throughout the lower 100 miles. Anglers can watch fish counts at Columbia River dams to help gauge run timing into the Deschutes. Also check out the number of steelhead passing Sherars Falls. Counts for Sherars Falls are posted from July until the end of October.

Good numbers of summer steelhead can be found throughout the river during the fall and winter, but areas from Sherars Falls upstream to Warm Springs generally offer some of the best late-season fishing.

Successful anglers typically cast spinners or plugs, or fish sinking flies for late season action.

Anglers will find fish in different locations in the Deschutes in winter than they do in the summer, due to cooler temperatures. Anglers should focus their efforts on softer water areas where fish will be holding, such as behind boulders or other obstructions, as fish will be less likely to move great distances to strike.

FALL CHINOOK: Fall Chinook salmon will begin arriving in August, and the run to the Deschutes is expected to be large again this season. The ODFW will authorize a season downstream from Sherars Falls to the mouth of the Deschutes beginning Aug. 1, see page 59 of the 2015 Sport Fishing Regulations for season details. In 2013 and 2014, sport anglers had one of the highest fall Chinook harvests on record. A similar run is expected in 2015. The best area to catch fall Chinook is in the bait section below Sherars Falls.

Only artificial flies and lures are permitted except from Sherars Falls downstream to the upstream-most railroad trestle where bait is permitted begging Aug. 1 through May 31. Trout, whitefish and hatchery origin steelhead fishing is open all year from the mouth upstream to markers at the northern boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation, which is 17 miles upstream from Maupin. The Deschutes from that point upstream to 600 feet below the Pelton re-regulation dam is open to trout fishing from April 25 through Oct. 31, and April 25 through Dec. 31 for adipose fin-clipped steelhead, whitefish, and coho salmon. Anglers may harvest three adipose fin-clipped steelhead per day in the Deschutes.

Large tracts of public land provide bank access, along with boat access throughout much of the river. Popular bank fishing areas on the Deschutes include the multiple sites along the east bank access road upstream from Maupin, Trout Creek campground area, and the Mecca Flat campground area.

ODFW conducts yearly summer steelhead population estimates for the Deschutes from the Sherars Falls Fish Trap. All fish captured at the Sherars Falls Trap are tagged to help estimate the run size. Anglers are encouraged to contact the local ODFW district by phone at 541-296-4628, or through the ODFW web page if they catch any tagged steelhead in the Deschutes. Tag recoveries from anglers are used in developing the yearly population estimates. Current catch data from the Sherars Falls Trap

Information on boating and camping on the Lower Deschutes can be obtained from the Bureau of Land Management, 541-416-6700.

Deschutes River, Billy Chinook Lake upstream to Benham Falls: Open year-round and restricted to artificial flies and lures. Fishing should be fair for brown trout and redband trout.

Deschutes River, Benham Falls upstream to Wickiup Reservoir: Opens May 23. Fishing should be fair for brown trout. Hatchery rainbow trout are stocked at 5 locations in this section May – July

East Lake: East Lake is located in the Newberry Crater off of Hwy 97 near LaPine and opens to fishing April 25. Kokanee, rainbow trout, brown trout and Atlantic salmon are present in the lake. The Department has implemented chub trapping and removal operations to improve sport fishing. Expect fair to good catches of rainbow and brown trout early in the season. Brown trout numbers are good with fair numbers of large fish. Catchable rainbow trout are stocked in the spring. Expect fair to good numbers of carryover rainbow early in the season.

Non-finclipped Blackwater strain rainbow trout are stocked annually. To provide a quality trophy type fishery, it is catch-and-release only on these fish. Additional rainbow trout with adipose fin clips are available for harvest. Brown trout over 16-inches must be released due to limits on mercury consumption. Contact the East Lake Resort or Deschutes National Forest for up to date reports.

Haystack Reservoir: Open to year-round fishing. Legal-sized rainbows are stocked in mid-April. Moderate numbers of large brown trout also are present. Kokanee fishing should be fair in the spring, while fishing for bass, bluegill and crappie should improve as the water warms. The daily bag limit is five trout including kokanee. The bag limit for bass is 5 per day with no more than 3 over 15 inches in length. There is no limit to the number of bluegill and crappie that may be kept. Fishing for brown bullhead should be good.

Boat launches on the east and west shores are in good condition. This is an irrigation re-regulating reservoir, thus water levels fluctuate daily. However, there will be adequate boating water throughout the season. Haystack Reservoir is located east of Hwy 97 between Redmond and Madras.

Hood River System (excluding West Fork): Hood River drains the North slope of Mt. Hood and enters the Columbia river at the town of Hood River. It is open for catch-and-release trout fishing May 23 through Oct. 31. Only artificial flies and lures may be used when trout fishing upstream from the area open to salmon and steelhead fishing.

Flow conditions will be below average in the Hood River throughout the spring. Anglers should think about and use low water tactics for late winter steelhead, summer steelhead and spring Chinook salmon.

SPRING CHINOOK: Fishery managers are predicting a strong return of hatchery-origin spring Chinook to the Hood River this spring, and have set a season to open April 15 – June 30. The bag limit for spring Chinook is 2 adipose fin-marked adult spring Chinook, and 5 adipose fin-marked spring Chinook jacks. The Hood River offers an excellent opportunity for anglers to land a spring Chinook without the use of a boat. Successful anglers usually use a combination of bait and hardware for both steelhead and spring Chinook.

STEELHEAD: Unlike most winter steelhead streams, the Hood River provides steelhead fishing opportunities for summer and winter run steelhead during the winter months. Angler opportunity peaks, however, when the winter run steelhead begin returning in late winter (February to April).

As one of the easternmost populations of winter steelhead in the Columbia Basin, the Hood River run is later than most winter run populations.

Winter run steelhead typically start returning to the Hood River in late December and continue through May, with the peak of the run not occurring until April. The hatchery population is partially comprised from wild broodstock, so hatchery and wild fish return at nearly the same time. Fishing should be good in the Hood River, as approximately 50,000 winter steelhead smolts are released annually.

Anglers on the Hood River have a unique opportunity to catch both winter and summer run steelhead on the same trip. Summer run steelhead have a very protracted run in the Hood River, and are present in the river throughout the year. While the winter run may be late in the Hood, anglers should not discount the opportunity to fish early in the season for early returning winter run fish, while also fishing for holdover summer run fish, or to fish late into the winter run season for the early returning summer run fish.

Unlike more traditional winter steelhead streams, the Hood is typically higher gradient, which tends to reduce the number of pools. Anglers should not overlook riffles with boulders, or pocket type water, where steelhead may be holding.

Anglers will find good public access on the lower 4.5 miles of the river in the PacifiCorps property that was formerly associated with the now removed Powerdale Dam. Angling deadlines have changed following the removal of Powerdale Dam. The upstream deadline is located at the confluence of the West Fork with the mainstem Hood River, and in the West Fork upstream to 200 feet below Punchbowl Falls. Anglers should check ODFW’s web site for more information changes or updates on regulations for the Hood River.

Anglers also are reminded that the Hood River system is closed to the harvest of bull trout. All bull trout must be released unharmed.

The US Forest Service is sponsoring a Family Fishing event on May 17 at Middle Fork irrigation pond from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the The Dalles District Office at (541) 296-4628 for more information.

West Fork Hood River upstream of Punchbowl Falls, and tributaries:
Closed to all fishing for maximum protection of federally-protected steelhead and salmon stocks.

Hosmer Lake: Hosmer Lake is a fly fishing only lake located off of the Cascade Lakes Highway. Naturally reproducing brook trout are also available..The clear water makes fish skittish, so this is a great lake to target during periods of low use. Hosmer Lake is very popular with canoeists and paddleboarders, thus anglers should target their efforts early and late in the day. Cloudy, cool days are perfect for fishing Hosmer.

Recently introduced rainbow (Cranebow) and cutthroat trout are flourishing in Hosmer Lake and provide an excellent new opportunity for the fly angler.

Kingsley Reservoir: Kingsley reservoir is located west of Hood River, off of Kingsley Road. Anglers should focus efforts early in the year, as the reservoir level will drop rapidly as the season progresses. Kingsley will be stocked as soon as access allows with legal-sized and trophy rainbow. It also will receive excess adult hatchery steelhead from the Hood River when available. Kingsley Reservoir is open all year.

Lake Billy Chinook
Lake Billy Chinook

Lake Billy Chinook: Early reports indicate the kokanee fishing should be good this year with peak fishing pressure expected in July and August. Kokanee are included as part of the trout bag limit.

Fishing for trout should be fair in the uppermost reaches of all three arms. The trout daily limit is five trout per day. Rainbow trout over 20-inches are considered steelhead and kokanee over 16-inches are considered sockeye salmon. Both species must be released. Chinook salmon are also present from reintroduction efforts and must be released.

Opportunities for bull trout are good; however, most fish are smaller than the 24-inch minimum length. Most anglers concentrate their efforts in the Metolius Arm. Regulations allow one bull trout per day and one bull trout in possession with a 24-inch minimum length. Bull trout must be immediately released unharmed unless kept in the daily catch limit. A tribal fishing permit in addition to an Oregon State fishing license is required to fish in the Metolius Arm. There is a closed-to-fishing sanctuary from the cable downstream 350 yards at the head of the Metolius Arm.

Smallmouth bass fishing should be good in all three arms as the water warms. Bass average 6 to 10-inches in Lake Billy Chinook.

Anglers are encouraged to consult the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations before fishing. Lake Billy Chinook is located approximately 15 minutes west of Madras.

Laurance Lake: Laurence Lake is located west of Parkdale, off of Clear Creek Road. The Lake is open April 25-Oct. 31 and will likely be full at the start of fishing season. However, water levels will drop rapidly as the season progresses. Anglers should contact the Mt. Hood National Forest Hood River Ranger District at 541-352-6002 for access and camping information at the lake.

Holdover and legal-sized trout will be available for the opener. All non fin-clipped trout and bull trout must be released unharmed, and only artificial flies and lures can be used. Tributary streams are closed to all fishing.

Anglers are encouraged to keep any smallmouth bass caught, as bass have been illegally introduced and will negatively impact trout fisheries.

Lost Lake: Lost Lake is located west of Dee, and can be reached from Lost Lake Road (Forest Rd. 13). Lost Lake is open year-round, and provides excellent fishing opportunity throughout the summer. The picturesque lake also offers excellent boating opportunity, though the use of motors is prohibited. The lake will be stocked with legal- and trophy-sized trout as soon as access allows. In addition to legal and trophy rainbow trout, natural brown trout, and holdover fish will be available. Lost Lake should remain at normal surface levels throughout the summer.

Anglers should contact the Mt. Hood National Forest Hood River Ranger District at 541-352-6002 for early season access and camping information as lingering snow may hinder access.

Ochoco Reservoir: Fishing is expected to be good this year but the reservoir is not expected to fill completely, which could negatively impact boating in the late summer or early fall. It may only reach about 75 percent full before the beginning of the irrigation season, which means the boat ramp will be unusable earlier than normal. Boat anglers should also be aware of hazards that appear as the water levels recede.

Angler reports suggest that fishing has improved with increased stocking efforts. The reservoir is stocked with 35,000 fingerling trout in the fall but also supports a healthy native trout population.

Growth rates are good with trout up to 18-inches commonly caught and trout over 20-inches occasionally caught. A wide range of bait and tackle can be effective. Boat anglers should concentrate in the upper end of the reservoir near the mouths of Ochoco and Mill Creeks during the months of April and May. The daily bag limit is five trout with only 1 over 20-inches.

Black crappie fishing should improve as temperatures rise and brown bullhead fishing in the upper part of the reservoir is excellent beginning in April and continuing throughout the summer. There is an abundant smallmouth bass population in the reservoir but the fish are generally small. A large individual would average 12 to 14 inches long. Black crappie and brown bullhead were illegally introduced to the reservoir and ODFW does not limit their harvest. Smallmouth bass were also illegally introduced but their harvest is limited by the zone regulations of 5 bass per day with no more than 3 over 15 inches in length. Bank anglers are asked to respect private property on the shoreline.

The reservoir is open to year-round fishing. A boat ramp and camping facilities are available.

Ochoco Reservoir
Odell Lake
-Photo by Kathy Munsel_

Odell Lake: Odell Lake is about 70 miles southeast of Eugene and just off Hwy 58. Kokanee fishing at Odell Lake has been good in recent years. Those anglers targeting kokanee will be most successful at dawn and dusk. Kokanee should be running in the 11 to 13-inch size range and in good condition. Early season lake trout fishing also should be good. Only one lake trout per day is allowed as part of the daily trout limit and it must be at least 30-inches long.

Odell also provides opportunity for nice rainbow trout. Please note that bull trout are federally listed as threatened and their numbers are extremely low in Odell Lake. Targeted fishing for bull trout is not allowed and any incidentally caught bull trout must be released unharmed. Fishing is closed within 200 feet of the mouth of Trapper and Odell Creeks to protect bull trout. Do not remove bull trout from water when releasing them.

ODFW is conducting a multi-year research project in Odell Lake to evaluate the interaction between lake trout and bull trout. Anglers are encouraged to assist ODFW in recovering this imperiled species through proper fishing and fish handling practices.

Olallie Lake: Olallie Lake is located on the crest of the central Cascades, in the shadow of Olallie Butte. The lake will be stocked with legal-sized and trophy rainbow trout as access allows. Anglers may also catch many holdover fish from previous stockings.

Anglers can call the Mt. Hood National Forest Clackamas Ranger District at (503)-630-6861 for access and camping information. The resort and store has reopened and will be available for business.

In addition to fishing on Olallie, energetic anglers can hike to nearby mountain lakes to fish for brook trout.

Paulina Lake: Paulina Lake is located in the Newberry Crater off of Hwy 97 near La Pine and opens to fishing April 25; however, snow conditions may limit access until late spring or early summer. Paulina provides great opportunity for brown trout of all size classes. Expect best catches of large brown trout early in the season and early and late in the day. Non-finclipped Blackwater strain rainbow trout are stocked annually. To provide a quality trophy type fishery, it is catch-and-release only on these fish. Additional rainbow trout with adipose fin clips are available for harvest.

Kokanee fishing is expected to be fair with most fish ranging from 9 to 12-inches. Kokanee catches will improve as lake productivity increases in May and June. As with the brown trout, early morning anglers have better success catching kokanee. There is a five trout daily bag limit (includes kokanee) which may include one trout greater than 20 inches.

Contact the Paulina Lake Resort or Deschutes National Forest for up-to-date reports.

Prinevill Reservoir
Prineville Reservoir

Prineville Reservoir: Fishing for rainbow trout will be fair with fish averaging 13 to 16-inches long. Opportunities also will be good for black crappie, brown bullhead and bass. Crappie numbers are similar to recent years, and they are still readily available and support a popular fishery. Reports from bass tournaments showed that catches are increasing in response to translocation efforts from Davis Lake. Most largemouth bass anglers concentrate on the upper end of the reservoir, while smallmouth bass are available in rocky shoreline areas throughout the reservoir. The reservoir is about 12 miles southeast of Prineville.

Prineville Youth Pond: The Prineville Youth Pond is stocked every spring and fall with rainbow trout. Fishing is open to youth 17-years-old and younger, and there is a two fish limit with an 8 inch minimum length on trout. Bass are catchable year-round and their population is replenished in June.

To get to the pond from Third Street in Prineville, turn south onto Main Street. Parking is available on the west side of Main St. just past Lynn Blvd., or directly next to the Crook County Christian School and across from the Crook County Fairgrounds. Cross the Crooked River on the iron bridge in Rimrock Park to get to the pond.

Rock Creek and Pine Hollow Reservoirs: These reservoirs located near the town of Wamic can be easily accessed from both sides of the Cascades. Both are open all year and have been stocked with legal-sized and trophy sized rainbow trout. Early season reports from both reservoirs have indicated good catches. The reservoirs are currently full, but will drop rapidly as the season progresses. Pine Hollow should be good all spring since good numbers of fish over-winter in the reservoir. Good numbers of largemouth bass are also available in Pine Hollow reservoir. Both reservoirs will likely be full during the spring, and boat ramps should be useable.

Shevlin Pond: Shevlin Pond is located in the north end of Shevlin Park, which is west of Bend on Newport Avenue. Shevlin Pond is stocked with rainbow trout throughout the spring and summer months. Fishing is open to all youth 17-years-old and younger, and there is a two fish limit.

Simtustus Lake: Open to fishing year-round. Fishing should be good for rainbow trout (12 to 16-inches). Ten to 12-inch rainbow trout will be stocked beginning in April and continuing through the summer. Some bull trout also are available. There are also good numbers of smallmouth bass found throughout the reservoir.

A tribal fishing permit in addition to a state fishing license is required to fish in the lake. The bag limit is five trout per day which includes kokanee and bull trout. Bull trout limit is one fish with a 24-inch minimum, as in Lake Billy Chinook.

The store and campground at Pelton Park will be open, and a boat ramp is available. Pelton Park is located between Madras and Warm Springs, in the Deschutes River Canyon.

Floating & Fishing
Floating & Fishing at Suttle Lake
-Photo by ODFW-

Suttle Lake: Suttle Lake is located on Hwy 20, east of Hoodoo Ski Area and is open to fishing year-round. Expect fair to good catches of brown trout and kokanee. Target brown trout early and late in the day along the shoreline. Kokanee numbers should be good; however, size is generally less than 8-inches. Fishing for kokanee should improve as water warms into June and then taper off into late summer. Suttle Lake has a kokanee bag limit of 25 fish per day in addition to the trout species catch limit. Contact the Deschutes National Forest or Suttle Lake Lodge for up-to-date conditions.

Taylor Lake: Open the entire year. This lake is close to The Dalles and will be stocked with legal-sized and trophy trout several times throughout the early season. The lake will also receive excess adult hatchery steelhead early in the spring, when available. Trout fishing is best in the early season before the water warms. Taylor provides good warmwater fishing opportunity as temperatures increase during the summer.

Twin Lake, North: North Twin Lake can be accessed off of Forest Service Road 42 between Wickiup and Crane Prairie. Open year-round and provides a fishery for rainbow trout. North Twin is a great family setting and it provides good shelter from the wind and a nice shoreline for kids to fish. The lake offers good boat fishing, though use of motors is prohibited. It will be stocked with legal and trophy trout in spring and early summer.

The Department anticipates chemically treating North Twin Lake in late October to remove the illegally introduced brown bullhead population. Prior to treatment anglers should look for an announcement from the Department increasing bag limits.

Fishing the South Twin Lake
Fishing the South Twin Lake
-Photo by Dean Guernsey-

Twin Lake, South: South Twin Lake can be accessed off of Forest Service Road 42 between Wickiup and Crane Prairie. South Twin Lake is a popular and reliable lake for rainbow trout fishing and provides a sheltered fishing opportunity from early season cold temperatures and wind. South Twin provides nice shorelines for both kids and adults. Boat fishing is also very popular; however, motors are prohibited.

The rainbow trout in South Twin has greatly improved following the chemical treatment in 2011. Trout typically run 11 to 13-inches long with a fewer carryover fish in the 14 to 16-inch range.

Walton Lake: Open to fishing the entire year but access may be limited in the winter due to snow. The lake is stocked prior to Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer.

Following the removal of bullhead catfish in 2009 fishing has been excellent! Removing the bullhead has improved the water clarity and this has allowed the aquatic vegetation to flourish which in turn provides an abundance of aquatic insects.

The trout grow very well by feeding on the insects but the vegetation can impede the effectiveness of some fishing techniques. When fishing in the shallow areas of the lake, anglers will have the most success and least amount of frustration by keeping their offering just above the vegetation. There is a small paved ramp that accommodates small watercraft but only electric motors are allowed. Camping opportunities are available at a managed Ochoco National Forest campground surrounding the lake.

Contact the USFS Prineville Ranger District for more information regarding camping opportunities, road conditions and access. Walton Lake is approximately 45 minutes east of Prineville on Forest Road 42.

Wickiup Reservoir: Wickiup Reservoir is located off of the Cascade Lakes Highway (Forest Service Road 46) and is easily accessible from Bend and Sunriver. It opens to fishing April 25. Large browns are caught early in the season, both early and late in the day. Some large rainbow trout also are available. Target shallow water flats early in the season and river channel areas as the water warms. Kokanee numbers are expected to be fair to good again this year. Kokanee will be scattered early in the season and begin schooling channels sometime in June. There is a bonus bag limit on kokanee of 25 fish in addition to the trout bag limit.

Note: There is an error in the 2015 Sportfishing Regulations for Wickiup Reservoir. The regulation identifying 2 trout per day from Aug. 1- Aug 31, kokanee included in trout limit only applies to the Deschutes River Arm upstream of the ODFW marker.

Largemouth bass anglers should seek out the willow flats though brown bullhead have, to some degree, taken over the southeastern area of the reservoir. The largemouth bass fishing will improve as water temperatures get warmer. Largemouth bass harvest limit is five fish per day with no more than three over 15 inches. Closed to angling 1 hour after sunset until 1 hour before sunrise.

For more information about fishing opportunities in the Central Zone, contact the nearest ODFW office:

Deschutes Watershed District Office
Bend, OR 97702

Prineville Field Office
Prineville, OR 97754

The Dalles Field Office
The Dalles, OR 97058

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