Central Oregon Fishing Report 2-29-08
Feb 29,2008 00:00 by ODFW

CROOKED RIVER MAINSTEM: rainbow trout

No new reports.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout

Mixed reports from anglers indicating some success for redband. ODFW and OSU have initiated a radio telemetry study on redband trout and whitefish, and anglers are reminded that radio-tagged fish cannot be legally harvested. To determine if a fish is radio-tagged, anglers should check for an eight-inch wire antenna protruding from the rear of both redband and mountain whitefish.

DESCHUTES RIVER:

Mouth to Warm Springs

Trout anglers will be successful by using nymphs. Water temperatures are cold but some bug hatches are occurring in the middle of the day.  Anglers are reminded that the Deschutes River upstream from the northern boundary of the Warms Springs Reservation is closed to angling until April 26, 2008.

Lake Billy Chinook to Benham Falls

No anglers were interviewed as basis for a report. Please note that recent increased flow makes this stretch a little more of a challenge for anglers.

FALL RIVER:

Angling is reported to be fair. Remember angling is closed downstream the falls.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout

No recent reports.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead, winter steelhead

The Hood River has very good visibility for steelhead fishing.  Some bright winter fish are being caught.  Fishing will continue to get better for the next month as the bulk of the hatchery and wild winter run return.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: Bull trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass

Reports are that a few hearty anglers are having some success for bull trout on the Crooked River arm and Deschutes River arm. There is opportunity for bull trout, brown trout and kokanee on the Deschutes River and Crooked River arms. Please note that the Metolius arm of the reservoir is closed to angling for the season. The recommended boat launching facility is the upper Deschutes arm ramp of the reservoir.

METOLIUS RIVER:

No recent reports.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is icing over and not fishable at this time.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports, but fall and early winter fishing can be productive at Pine Hollow.

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir is icing over and not fishable at this time.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Low reservoir level will limit both access and success.