Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for October 18th, 2019

Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports

From avid fisherman Tim Moran

This JUST in from Tim (9:00 a.m. on 10/18/19)

Crane Prairie –  Fishing Crane (or any of the cascade lakes for that matter) will be challenging in the forecast weather conditions.  A mix of rain and snow and wind is on the menu.  If you do brave those conditions wind drifting leech patterns or throwing small spinners and spoons will be your best bet. 

East Lake – This might be your last chance to fish East and Paulina. There were good reports from both last weekend but the weather was perfect.  This weekend – not so much. Balanced leeches, prince nymphs and buggers are taking fish sub-surface.  Wind drifting leech patterns and nymphs on an intermediate sink tip is a great way to take fish in the wind.  As bad as the weather might be – I have had good success fishing during snow flurries.   

Lower Deschutes River – If I was going to fish anywhere this weekend I’d fish the “D”. With temps stabilizing on the mountain there isn’t anymore silt/mud being puked into the river by the White River so water clarity is good.  The cooler and cloudy weather is perfect for swinging flies and hardware.  Keep your flies and lures on the smaller side in the clear water and muted colors will work better too.   More Steelhead are showing in the river between Maupin and Trout Creek so the fish are spread out.  Guided clients are getting into 3 and 4 fish days.  Trout fishing has been very good too.  A 28″ red side was caught in the river below Warm Springs last week.  It was a beautiful fish.  Rainbows and a few browns are taking nymphs and at times the hatch will breakout on these rainy days and the fish will immediately key in on BWO’s or PMD’s. Look for hatches in the eddies and behind large rocks.  This is also a great time to swing streamers for big trout.

John Day River – Bass fishing is pretty much over for the year as the bass get dormant when the river temps fall.  Steelhead are in the river now but not yet in fishable numbers but that hopefully will change quickly.  The last two years the fishing has been spotty at best but this can be a great fall and winter fishery.

Metolius River – The Met is fishing well and weather doesn’t really affect the river too much unless its cataclysmic. October Caddis, mahogany duns and BWO’s are coming off right now and you can fish the rusty spinner fall in the early evening when it occurs.  The fish seem to like the caddis pupa more than the adult most times so fish that and another small nymph behind it.  Small egg patterns can be highly effective too with spawning Kokanee in the river. There are big Bull Trout up from the lake following the Kokanee spawn as well so swing big gaudy streamers on sink tips to entice those brutes.  Check in with Jeff at the Fly Fishers Place in Sisters for up to the minute river info, a guided trip or pick up the best flies and techniques for your trip.  There is also a generous supply of flies at the Camp Sherman Store.  

Fall River – Fall fishes well in the late fall and it’s a little easier when there is a little chop on the water so this could be a great weekend to hit it. Fish small nymphs either Euro style or under a small yarn indicator. Don’t be afraid to work the deeper holes and cut banks with a wooly-bugger or streamer for oversize Browns.

Crooked River – As long as the river levels are consistent this river will fish well.  I love to fish small dry’s and droppers here but if the weather is bad a straight two nymph set up will catch a lot of fish. I’ll be incommunicado next week as I’ll be up in the Hell’s Canyon area chasing elk and maybe some steelhead!  Good luck everyone! 

From ODF&W

Steelhead fishing should good in the lower Deschutes.

Fall can be some of the best trout fishing of the year in the area’s lakes and reservoirs. The cooler temperatures have sent most of the crowds home, and put trout on the bite as they feed aggressively to prepare for winter.

Coho and fall Chinook are starting to arrive in the Umatilla in good numbers.

Steelhead are starting to move into the John Day River.

Trout fishing on the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers continues to be good with the cool fall temperatures.

Fly-fishing on the Chewaucan River has been excellent, with one angler landing a 28-inch redband!

The Klamath River below Keno Dam is the best bet for good fishing in the Klamath Basin.

Fishing in Krumbo Reservoir has been great with anglers catching trout up to 18-inches.

Fishing at Heart Lake has been very good, with anglers pulling out fish up to 15-inches.

Recent sampling at Fish Lake (Wallowa Mountains) showed there are good numbers of both stocked rainbow and naturally-produced brook trout. Combine with cooler fall temperatures and fishing should be great.

2019 Stocking schedule and Stocking Maps