Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for December 6th, 2019

Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports

From avid Angler Tim Moran

Lower Deschutes River –  I woke up the folks at the fly shop in Maupin to see what was going on.  The report is a few steelhead fishermen/women are still out there and they’re getting a fish or two. Trout fishing is good in the slow water Euro nymphing,   

John Day River – There are steelhead up to Cottonwood and probably beyond.  Fish the tail-outs and pool heads but don’t neglect the frog water.  It’s cold and windy a lot of the time so swinging flies might be difficult.  Not a bad idea to bring a spinning rod and some twitching jigs for the big slow pools!    

Metolius River –  Not up to date reports but the Met is a great winter fishery!  heck in at Camp Sherman or The Fly Fisher’s Place in Sisters to get up to the minute reports and flies! 

Crooked River – It should fish well this weekend with a bit warmer temps.  Nymphs and BWO’s when the hatch shows up.  I like a 16 or 18 Adams.  Micro Midges and small Renegades fish well here too.   

Prineville Reservoir –  There are fish to be had here.  Fish in the rip rap up by the dam.  You can slowly work a spinner or fish worms off the bottom.  Fish to 24 inches are common.

Best of luck to everyone this weekend.  

From ODF&W

With the recent winter storm, roads may be treacherous and waterbodies may be freezing over, especially at higher elevations. Be sure to check on conditions before heading out.

With fall Chinook spawning on the lower Deschutes, anglers should consider egg patterns for targeting trout.

Steelhead anglers on the lower Deschutes should concentrate on the Maupin to Warm Springs section.

Trout anglers can target the Crooked, lower Deschutes and Metolius rivers, where fishing for native redbands can be good throughout the year.

With the recent winter storm, roads may be treacherous and waterbodies may be freezing over, especially at higher elevations. Be sure to check on conditions before heading out.

The McNary Ponds have a surprising number of walleye. Look for the deepest areas and fish worms near the bottom.

With the recent winter storm, roads may be treacherous and waterbodies may be freezing over, especially at higher elevations. Be sure to check on conditions before heading out.

Many lakes and reservoirs are freezing overnight, but then melting during the day in time for afternoon trout fishing.

The best bet remains the Klamath River below Keno Dam and JC Boyle dam to the Frain Ranch.

Instead, consider Ana Reservoir and River, as these spring-fed waterbodies remain a constant temperature throughout the year and don’t freeze.

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