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Weekly Recreation Report: Central Zone

July 18, 2016

 Central Zone Fishing

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout
-Photo by Jeff Van Blaricum-

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Fishing has been fair at Ochoco Reservoir, with anglers reeling in trout averaging 16 inches
  • Kokanee fishing has been good lately in Lake Billy Chinook, particularly in the Metolius arm
  • Trout fishing on the Fall River has been fair. Sleep in because the best fishing will be during the warmest part of the day, usually mid-afternoon.
  • Anglers have been catching a good number of lake trout on Crescent Lake.
  • Nymphs and streamer have been taking trout on the Metolius, where fishing has been fair.

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Anglers have been having fair success. The water is still dirty but recent sampling indicates many 12 inch trout are available in addition to the brood size fish that were recently stocked.

BEND PINE NURSERY: rainbow trout, bluegill, bass

Pine Nursery Pond is located in northeast Bend between Purcell, Deschutes Market and Yeoman Road. From Hwy 97, take Empire Blvd exit, head east on Empire Blvd 1.5 miles, turn left on Purcell 1900 feet, turn right on Rock Creek Park Drive at sign to Pine Nursery Community Park.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

Warm temperatures will limit angler success, trout fishing will resume this fall. Great spot for kids!

CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, kokanee

Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout. As water temperatures warm, trout will be holding in the channels. All wild rainbow trout must be released.

CRESCENT LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee

Anglers report fair fishing for kokanee.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout, mountain whitefish

Fishing has been fair. Anglers are finding more whitefish than trout.

As a reminder, bait is no longer allowed on the river and all trout over 20-inches are considered steelhead and must be immediately released unharmed. Please report any tagged fish to the Prineville Office (541) 447-5111.

Flows below Bowman Dam

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

No recent reports.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch and release for trout. No limits on warmwater fish.

Electrofishing for trout on the Deschutes River
-Video by Tim Akimoff, ODFW-

DESCHUTES RIVER, Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam: summer steelhead, redband trout, whitefish

Summer steelhead are beginning to arrive in the lower river, with anglers reporting success in the lower river. Best success will be found downstream from Macks Canyon. Best fishing will be found in the early morning, and late evening, when water temperatures are the coolest. Anglers who catch a tagged hatchery steelhead with an orange anchor tag, are encouraged to report catch information to ODFW at 541-296-4628. Anglers catching a tagged wild fish should release it immediately without recording any information. Fishing for spring Chinook at Sherars Falls has been slowed, and is nearly finished for the season. Trout fishing remains good in the river mostly upstream from Sherars Falls. Fly anglers should focus on caddis hatches in the morning and evening.

Counts at the Sherars Falls salmon and steelhead trap. Check the trap catch to see when fish begin migrating upstream of Sherars Falls.

Lake Billy Chinook to Benham Falls: rainbow trout, brown trout

Open for trout all year. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures. No size or limits on brown trout and no harvest of bull trout.

Benham Falls upstream to Wickiup Reservoir:

Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Wild rainbow trout must be released

DEVILS LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Lake will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. Anglers report fair fishing for both kokanee and trout. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

No recent reports.

Fall River Fisherman
Fall River Fisherman
-Photo by Rick Hargrave-

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

HAYSTACK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill

Fishing has been good for warmwater fish.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead

Anglers are reminded that the spring Chinook season on the Hood River closed on June 30. Anglers are catching a few summer steelhead, as cool temperatures have delayed the more typical glacial water conditions.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout

Anglers report fair fishing for trout in the morning and evening. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. Catch-and-release for all species.

LAKE BILLY CHINOOK: bull, brown and rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass

Fishing has been fair for kokanee, bass and bull trout. Anglers are reminded there are small numbers of spring Chinook and summer steelhead in Lake Billy Chinook as part of the reintroduction effort. Please release these fish unharmed.

LAKE SIMTUSTUS: bull trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

Open year-round. Has been recently stocked with rainbow trout.

LAURANCE LAKE: Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Fishing has been good for hatchery rainbow trout in the lake for both fly and spinner anglers.

LAVA LAKE (BIG): rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout.

LAVA LAVE (SMALL): rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent reports.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

Conditions should be excellent for angler success at Lost Lake.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Anglers report fair fishing for trout. Fly fishing only upstream of Bridge 99.

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Lake is still fishless and will be stocked with rainbow trout once levels of rotenone, used to remove illegally introduced brown bullhead, dissipates to lower levels.


Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures only; two trout per day with an 8-inch minimum length. Trout 20 inches and greater must be released unharmed.

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

Fishing has been fair for trout and excellent for bass.

ODELL LAKE: lake trout, kokanee, rainbow trout

No recent reports. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

Lake will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. Anglers report fair fishing for trout and kokanee. Wild rainbow trout must be released.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The reservoir has remained near full this year, but will start dropping as irrigation demand increases. Recent cool temperatures have prolonged the trout fishery.

Prinevill Reservoir
Prineville Reservoir
-Photo by ODFW-

PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie

Trout fishing has been fair near the dam. Fishing for warmwater fish has been good, especially for smallmouth bass.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Fishing for trout has been good.


The reservoir still has ample water for anglers. Anglers will find best success early in the mornings.


Pond will be stocked this week with rainbow trout. Limit is 2 trout per day, 8-inch minimum length. Fishing restricted to juvenile anglers 17-years-old and younger.

SOUTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers report fair fishing for trout.

SPARKS LAKE: cutthroat trout

No recent reports.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

No recent reports.

TAYLOR LAKE (Wasco County): rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Trout fishing will resume in the fall, as the lake has warmed for the summer. Anglers can find some excellent largemouth bass fishing in the lake during the summer.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Lake was stocked last week with rainbow trout. Anglers report good fishing for brook trout. Open to fishing all year.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing for 14-16 inch holdover trout has been excellent. The lake was recently stocked with catchable sized trout and will be continually stocked throughout the summer.

WICKIUP RESERVOIR: kokanee, brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass

No recent reports.

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  Central Zone Hunting


Wolves and coyotes can look alike

Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

- Royalty Free Image-


Cougar are present throughout the Maury, Ochoco, and Grizzly units. The Maury and Ochoco units are recommended because of their greater amounts of public lands and better accessibility. Cougars must be checked in at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. Please consult the synopsis for all required parts and be sure to call first to make an appointment.

Coyotes can offer an exciting challenge. Both the Maury and Ochoco have sizeable areas of public lands that provide hunting opportunities. Hunters should use caution, be properly equipped and prepared for whatever the weather might bring.


Coyotes: There are good numbers of coyotes in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties. Those wishing to pursue will find the best success near agricultural lands. Be sure to ask permission to hunt private lands.

Cougar: Cougars can be found in the same areas as deer and elk as they follow them through their migration routes. Calling with fawn in distress can be effective this time of year. Cougars have large home ranges so remember to be patient and persistent.

Hunters are required to check-in the unfrozen hide and skull, with proof of sex attached to an ODFW office within 10 days. Hunters are also required to provide the reproductive tract of harvested female cougars. See pg. 42 of the regulations for details.


A parking permit is now required to use/park on the White River Wildlife Area along with other ODFW wildlife areas. Camping is allowed only in designated areas.

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove
- Photo by Greg Gillson-

Eurasian Collared Doves are UNPROTECTED with no season or bag limit restrictions. Hunters only need a hunting license to harvest these birds. Often found in urban areas, make sure you are outside city limits when discharging a weapon.

Cougar is open all year or until zone mortality quotas have been met. Calling with distress calls or cougar vocalizations can be effective. However, locating a fresh, naturally made kill has the best chance of success.

Coyotes: Try calling for them from open fields, meadows, and pastures. Using distress calls can be quite productive throughout the winter. The best areas to find them will be near farm grounds on the eastern boundary. Look for them in early morning or evening and pay attention to wind direction.

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 Central Zone Wildlife Viewing

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-


Red-tailed, rough-legged and ferruginous hawks, northern harriers, American kestrels, prairie falcons and golden eagles can be found throughout Crook County and are usually associated more closely with open/agricultural areas. Bald eagles and osprey can be found associated with water bodies. Northern goshawks can be located throughout the Ochoco National Forest.

Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Area

The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Area offers access to view a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office, at Prineville Reservoir State Park office and the ODFW website.

Deschutes County

At this time of year hot weather conditions in the high desert can make viewing wildlife challenging. Birds are more active in the early morning hours and many mammals will find a shady bush, hollow tree, burrow, or safe rocky area to escape the heat of the day. Even reptiles that require solar radiation to bring their bodies up to “working temperature” have to keep out of the sun during the hottest hours as they are unable to sweat or pant to shed heat. That said if you are out and about during the heat of the day, the best places to see wildlife are wetlands, lakes and rivers with robust riparian and emergent vegetation. This is generally true at any time of the year, but especially so when the thermometer rises and wildlife change their activity patterns to avoid temperature extremes. Like us, many wildlife species will seek a shady spot to gain refuge from the heat, so being flushed from their shelter to avoid contact with curious humans can place an unnecessary stress on them, as such it is best to provide space and enjoy wildlife from a distance with the aid of binoculars or a spotting scope.

Excellent places to visit and increase your chance of seeing wildlife include any of the Cascade lakes and reservoirs, such as Wickiup, Davis, Elk, and Crane Prairie. Lower elevation sites include Smith Rock State Park at Terrebonne where nesting peregrine falcons, bald eagles, and golden eagles can all be found. In addition, riparian habitat and wetlands along the Deschutes River offer premier birding opportunities and the promise of other wildlife viewing. Long toed salamander’s larvae and tadpoles of western toad and Pacific tree frog are growing fast and most will metamorphose in July.

Bird watching is not just limited to wild places, as residents and visitors to Bend can watch an osprey pair nesting adjacent to the Parkway that runs through the city.
Whether you’re interested in song birds, waterfowl, or raptors and prefer remote birding locations, or those closer to urban areas, directions to a long list of great birding locations can be found at East Cascades Audubon Society. Birding locations

bighorn sheep
California Bighorn Sheep
-Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW-


The Lower Deschutes River provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities. California bighorn sheep are frequently observed in the canyon and can provide fantastic viewing all times of the year. The best spot to view sheep is from the BLM access road just downstream and across the river from Sherar’s Falls (along Hwy 216).Focus your efforts near large cliff complexes for best viewing.

Many different raptor species can be seen in the Deschutes River Canyon this time of year including Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, American Kestrels, Prairie Falcons, Peregrine Falcons, Golden Eagles, and Osprey. Most raptor species are finishing up their nesting season and fledglings have taken their first flight. Young hatch year birds can now be seen learning to fly and hunt for themselves.

Migrating American White Pelicans can be observed this time of the year along the Columbia River from the confluence of the Deschutes River upstream to The Dalles Dam.

A large variety of songbird species can be viewed in riparian areas along the river. It is best to go birding in the early morning hours before it gets too hot for birds to be very active. Some common species seen include Bullock’s Oriole, Lazuli Bunting, Mourning Dove, Violet-green Swallow, and Cliff Swallow.

White River Wildlife Area

There are many different animals on White River Wildlife Area ranging from deer and elk to coyotes, bears, and the occasional cougar. Bucks are starting to grow back their antlers and can be seen with short velvet antlers this time of year. Does will soon be having their fawns. It is common practice for deer to leave their fawns behind while feeding or when disturbed by people so please leave young animals alone as the mothers will come back to feed their young. Remember, watch carefully for deer along the edge of roads. There are many deer mortalities every year from vehicle collisions.

It is also possible to see bald and golden eagles on the Wildlife Area. Other raptors such as red-tailed hawks and rough-legged hawks are common sights. American kestrels and northern harriers are also easily seen hunting their prey.

Lewis’s woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, flickers, western meadowlarks, Steller’s jays, scrub jays, gray jays, Townsend’s solitaire, horned larks, golden-crowed kinglets, and robins are all at home on the Wildlife Area. There have also been lots of magpies spotted flying around this year.

Look on ponds, lakes and streams to see a variety of ducks and geese, as well as western grebes, coots, and mergansers. 5/31/16

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