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Fishing in Central Oregon: Lower Deschutes offers fishing for steelhead throughout the fall PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, September 18 2013 06:12
By Mark Morical / The Bulletin
Published: September 18. 2013 4:00AM PST
September means many things to Central Oregonians: the return of football, back to school, and an increasing chill in the air reminding us that winter is not far off.

But let's not close the door on summer just yet.

For many anglers, September is all about summer steelhead — and the Lower Deschutes is one of the best rivers in the West to fish for the elusive, aggressive, oceangoing rainbow trout. Landing just one of the lunkers on their journey back to their spawning grounds can make a fisherman's fall.

Fishing for steelhead reportedly has been good on the Lower Deschutes from the mouth downstream to Sherars Falls. The river has cleared since intense rainstorms a couple of weeks ago muddied the water and made fishing difficult, according to Rod French, a fisheries biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife based in The Dalles.

“Fishing conditions have certainly improved," French said last week.

Steelhead began going over Sherars Falls last week, and the numbers of fish near the falls have started to increase. The fish were delayed at The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River, but now they are swimming over the dam in numbers as high as 10,000 per day, according to French.

“It's typical with weather and water conditions like we've had this year, where we have a fairly low-to-average flow Columbia River that warms, and then fish come over Bonneville Dam, and then they don't ascend over The Dalles Dam for some period of time," French explained. “We had a huge school of fish in the Bonneville pool. That has ended and now these fish are streaming over The Dalles Dam."

Last Updated on Wednesday, September 18 2013 06:20
 
Fishing in Central Oregon: The Upper Deschutes PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, September 04 2013 06:12
By Mark Morical / The Bulletin
Published: September 04. 2013 4:00AM PST

The Deschutes River is perhaps best known as the stretch of water that runs through Bend, or as the mighty blue-ribbon waterway in northern Central Oregon that is home to a fisherman's delight of salmon and steelhead.

But before the Deschutes flows through the city, then through the High Desert and into the Columbia River, it starts as an unassuming babbling brook high in the mountains at Little Lava Lake.

Most local anglers know that the fishing on the Upper Deschutes between Little Lava Lake and Crane Prairie Reservoir can be productive for small rainbow and brook trout.

The Deschutes River flows 252 miles from Little Lava to the Columbia. The uppermost 7 miles below Little Lava is the only remaining section of the river not controlled by dams, providing the ideal spawning habitat for native rainbow trout and kokanee. Fish species in that section also include wild brook trout, stocked rainbow trout and native whitefish.

“It's all spring-fed in that stretch," says Dave Merrick, of Fly & Field Outfitters in Bend. “It all comes out of Little Lava Lake. It's all fed by various springs up there, so the water flows are very consistent."

While most anglers this time of year are beginning to dream of massive steelhead on the Lower Deschutes, I took some time last week to head to the Upper Deschutes, knowing that less than a month remains this season to fish just below the headwaters.

 
Fishing in Central Oregon: Mild winter should make for a memorable opening weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 24 2013 11:23
By Mark Morical / The Bulletin
Published: April 24. 2013 4:00AM PST

A relatively mild winter and spring mean more angling opportunities this weekend for the opening of the trout fishing season on several Central Oregon lakes.

Many water bodies are entirely ice-free and accessible, including South Twin Lake, Wickiup Reservoir, Crane Prairie Reservoir, Big Lava Lake and Odell Lake, all southwest of Bend.

“We've had a very mild spring and it's definitely improved early-season opportunity here," said Brett Hodgson, a Bend-based fish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

According to Jim Frazee, owner of Twin Lakes Resort, all the snow in the Wickiup and Twin lakes area has melted, and all boat ramps are accessible in time for opening day Saturday.

Big Lava Lake, which in the past few years has not been accessible until mid-May, is also ice-free and completely accessible, according to Frazee, although parking will be limited.

Those traveling from Bend to the high lakes must go through Sunriver, as the Cascade Lakes Highway remains closed between Mt. Bachelor ski area and Big Lava Lake.

Frazee says the ice has been off most of the high lakes for quite some time, which should benefit fishing conditions for opening weekend and beyond.

He adds that it is the first time in several years that this many lakes have been so easily accessible for opening day.

“The fish are pretty docile when the ice first comes off," Frazee said. “It's been off Crane for at least three weeks, and on Lava it went off last Friday (April 12). South Twin, it's been off a month; North Twin, three weeks. They're fishing the heck out of North Twin right now."

 

Last Updated on Sunday, April 28 2013 17:14
 
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