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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for Jan 1, 2016

On the Deschutes, steelheading is seasonally slow as it should be. This time of year, it’s best to leave these fishes alone and allow them to do what nature intends – propagate the species. Target redsides instead. It’s still slow but hooking up with a colorful rainbow in the wintertime can be gratifying. Look for…

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Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for Dec 24th

While Crooked River has been productive for much of the year, now is not the time. As other Oregon rivers suffer high water woes, the Crooked is a tiny, brown rivulet at last report with little fish activity. One report from Odell Lake indicated there is a useable boat ramp with one lane open at…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Report for Dec 18th

Steelheading has remained a challenging proposition on the Deschutes. This, despite decent numbers and Chinook spawning nearly over. When salmon are active in the river, they can bully and annoy summers which can make the less receptive to anglers offerings. Summers have been off the bite regardless and getting one to strike has been baffling…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Report for Dec 4th

While Deschutes water and flow had been dropping, that trend has reversed with rainfall. Steelheading is a crap shoot on the D n December but then there isn’t much competition, either. The best shot at a hookup will be from Maupin to Warm Springs although a few large B-run fish are sure to be in…

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Central & Eastern for Nov 27th

Although air temperature is dropping and frigid weather is in the forecast, the spring-fed waters of the Metolius remain stable, making this a solid bet for cold-weather fly fishers. It’s pretty much a nymph show but the possibility of tangling with a big-broad-shouldered trout is always on the menu. Use caution on the stretch below…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for Nov 20th

While steelheading was slow over the past weekend, the Chinook spawn is winding down. This is good news for anglers targeting steelhead as the salmon tend to bully them, which creates a situation where they are less prone to strike. Trout fishing had slowed at the last report. The Deschutes showed signs of rising only…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Report

Despite decent numbers of summer steelhead spread throughout the lower Deschutes, hooking one has been a challenge. Fishing has been slow as the steelhead present seem disinterested in anglers’ offerings. The best chance of a hookup seems to be from Maupin to Warm Springs. White River continues to spew so the river downstream is slightly…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for Nov 6th

Steelheading has been slow on the Deschutes around Maupin. Really slow. Like one fish every few days which leads one to think it’s probably not a lot better further down toward the mouth, but, you never know. There are fewer people on the river and fishing for redsides has been pretty good. The White River…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for Oct 30th

Can’t we all just get along? Not in the case of Chinook and steelhead on the Deschutes. With the appearance of greater numbers of large salmon which are in the habit of harassing the summers as they seek a spot to spawn, steelheading has slowed. At the latest reports, water conditions are good. The White…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for Oct 23rd

Steelheading seems to have hit a lull on the Deschutes everywhere from Macks Canyon to the river mouth. The river has been unstable lately with PGE changing water flows periodically and most recently again this week. Be sure to check the regulations prior to fishing east side lakes and reservoirs starting November 1st. Crane Prairie…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for Oct 15th

Blown out over the past weekend, the lower Deschutes is in fine condition now with steelheaders hooking plenty of fish. From Warm Springs. to Trout Creek to Maupin anglers are scoring fish daily and often hooking summers many times in the course of a day. Downriver, they are getting bit from Mack’s Canyon to the…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for Oct 9th

Flows at Bowman Dam on the Crooked River dropped on October 5th – no stepping – from 180 cfs to 60 cfs and to 50 cfs on the 6th. No one was available or willing to comment on this situation but it seems that the fish population was not a priority in the decision in…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Report for Oct 2nd

Summer steelhead are being landed daily on the Deschutes now. Blue-bodied #4 Blue Fox spinners with a silver blade have been an effective favorite recently. Action will slow for a day or two, then pick right back up again. Now that water temperatures have returned to seasonal norms, there should be no more hot water…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for September 25th

Despite good days and not-so-good days for steelheaders on the lower Deschutes, the vast majority of anglers have taken fish home this week. Steelhead counts at Sherars Falls have been good recently with 50 or 60 hatchery fish a day not unusual. They are in the river and on the with water temperature are good,…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for Sept 18th

Summer steelhead are in the Deschutes now from the mouth up to Trout Creek and fishing for them has been decent. This year’s run appears to be a good one. With plenty of hatches ongoing, the Metolius has been fishing very well for those who know the ins and outs of this tricky river. Laurance…

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