Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Father’s Day Weekend Youth Angling Event at Century Pond drew close to 100 participants. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked 400 legal-sized and 100 trophy-sized rainbow trout into Century Pond and ODFW staff and volunteers were present to assist kids learning to fish and or improve their existing skills.
“The event was a good time for the kids and seemed to be appreciated by fathers and mothers alike. For a number of young kids it provided an opportunity for them to catch their first fish. ” said Ted Wise, Fish Biologist for ODFW.
ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: trout
Angling for 14-18 inch carryover rainbow trout are excellent.
BIG LAVA LAKE: trout
Big Lava Lake anglers are having good success on 13 – 16 inch rainbows.
CLEAR LAKE: trout
Clear Lake has been stocked several times this spring with both legal and trophy sized rainbow trout. Fishing should remain good as long reservoir levels remain full.
CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout
The bite at Crane Prairie has picked up with a number of 10 – 12 inch rainbows being caught on top of the occasional 20 inch rainbow trout.
CRESCENT LAKE: trout, kokanee
Brown trout and kokanee catches alike have slowed.
CRESCENT LAKE: trout, kokanee
Brown trout catches at Crescent Lake have picked up a little and folks are still having fair success for kokanee.
CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: trout
There have been recent reports that redband trout angling has been picking up with several fish caught in the 14-16 inch range.
CULTUS LAKE: No report.
DESCHUTES RIVER (Lake Billy Chinook to Benham Falls): trout, chinook
No anglers were observed on the river as basis for a report. This is a good time to fish the middle Deschutes for brown trout and rainbow trout.
Trout Anglers: Fly anglers in the Warm Springs Area continue to find good success on the tail end of the salmonfly and golden stone hatch. Downstream of Trout Creek fly anglers should begin focusing on nymphs and other hatches such as caddis or mayflies. Anglers should focus their attention near the river bank or in backeddies. Angers are reminded that extremely warm temperatures may trigger glacial melting on the White River, and fishing conditions in the Deschutes downstream of White River may be less than optimal due to turbid waters.
Spring Chinook: Fishing has slowed considerably in the Sherars Falls area. The bulk of the catch is beginning to be comprised of jacks, indicating most of the run has likely past upstream.
BENHAM FALLS TO WICKIUP RESERVOIR: trout
Reports of some nice brown trout being caught in this reach.
WICKIUP TO CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout
Reports of a few nice rainbow trout being caught in this reach.
Crane Prairie to Little Lava Lake: No reports on success for this reach of river.
EAST LAKE: trout, Atlantic salmon
Anglers are reportedly catching rainbow trout, brown trout and a surprising number of Atlantic salmon. The Atlantics are averaging 12 inches in length.
ELK LAKE: trout
Anglers are reporting nice brook trout in the creel.
Anglers are reporting moderate success. .
FROG LAKE: trout
Frog Lake was recently stocked with legal and trophy sized hatchery rainbow trout. Anglers should expect good success.
HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: trout
Opportunities for 12-18 inch rainbow and brown trout are fair to good.
HOOD RIVER: chinook, steelhead
Spring chinook angling remains open through the end of June on the Hood River. Spring chinook catch has slowed, but occasional fish continue to be taken. Early return summer steelhead are beginning to show up in decent numbers in the creel and at Powerdale Dam. The ODFW operates a “recycling” program for hatchery origin summer steelhead, retuning them to the mouth of the river after they are captured at Powerdale Dam. Anglers are finding steelhead success using nearly all traditional steelhead techniques.
HOSMER LAKE: atlantic salmon
Anglers are reporting that action is slow for Atlantic salmon and good fro brook trout.
LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: trout, bass
Bull trout angling is slow. Smallmouth bass opportunities are good. Brown and rainbow trout angling in the upper ends of the Deschutes and Crooked River Arms has been good. Recent surveys indicate kokanee numbers are fair with fish averaging 10-12 inches and in very good condition. All boat ramps are operational.
LAKE SIMTUSTUS: trout
Opportunities for 8-10 inch rainbow trout are excellent. A limited number of carryover trout from 14-18 inches are also available. Tribal angling permit as well as State license is required.
LAURANCE LAKE: trout, bass
Laurance Lake has been stocked with fin clipped hatchery rainbow trout. Anglers should find good success on both hatchery trout, and naturally produced wild trout. Anglers are reminded that only artificial flies and lures are allowed, and only fin-clipped trout can be kept. Anglers are encouraged to keep all smallmouth bass caught.
LITTLE LAVA LAKE: rainbow trout and brook trout
Angling has reportedly picked up with some nice rainbow trout and brook trout being caught.
LOST LAKE: rainbow trout
Lost Lake has been recently stocked with legal and trophy sized hatchery rainbow trout. Some naturally produced brown trout are also available for anglers. Anglers should focus on the shallower shoal areas for best success.
METOLIUS RIVER: No anglers were interviewed over the weekend.
NORTH TWIN: trout
Angling is still a bit on slow side. Late winter/early spring at North Twin Lake provides a good opportunity for rainbow trout which carried over from the summer of 2006.
OCHOCO RESERVOIR: trout, bullhead
Opportunities for 12-16 inch rainbow trout are fair to good. Boat anglers generally target the upper end of the reservoir near the mouths of Mill and Ochoco Creeks this time of year. Bullhead angling at the east end of the reservoir should be excellent
ODELL LAKE: kokanee
Odell has slowed for kokanee though the lake trout fishery has reportedly picked up. Kokanee are running 9 to 12 inches in length.
PAULINA LAKE: kokanee, trout
The kokanee are reportedly biting well for those anglers jigging. It is supposedly a little slower for those anglers trolling. Anglers are reporting good catches of kokanee in the 8 – 10 inch range. The brown trout fishing is still a little on the slow side.
PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: trout
Pine Hollow Reservoir has been stocked several times with legal and trophy size hatchery rainbow. Warm water anglers should begin finding good success as temperatures warm.
PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: trout
Opportunities for 12-16 inch rainbow trout are fair to good.
ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: trout
Rock Creek Reservoir has been stocked several times with legal and trophy size hatchery rainbow. Fishing should remain good until reservoir levels begin dropping.
SOUTH TWIN: trout
The weekend fishing on South Twin was reported to be fair. .. South Twin Lake provides good opportunity for 10 to 16 inch rainbow trout. The lake has good shoreline access and provides good shelter from the wind.
WALTON LAKE: trout
Opportunities for legal sized rainbow trout are excellent. Carryover rainbow trout up to 16 inches are also available. The campground is open and the boat launch is available for use (no motors).
WICKIUP RESERVOIR: kokanee, trout
Wickiup Reservoir anglers are reporting the kokanee angling is slow. Some nice browns have also been showing up in the creel.