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Weekly Recreation Report: Central Zone

June 23, 2015

 Central Zone Fishing

Lost Lake
Little Lava Lake
-Photo by Jim Mason-

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Fall River and Cultus Lake were stocked recently.
  • Lost Lake on Mt. Hood has recently been stocked and there should be great fishing at one of Oregon’s most scenic lakes.
  • Three Creek Lake is scheduled to be stocked this week.

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

However, anglers reduce the stress from catch-and-release fishing by following a few precautions:

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cooler.
  • Warmwater fish like bass, crappie and bluegill also feel the effects of the heat, so please follow these precautions in all your summer fishing.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the weekly Recreation Report.

ANTELOPE FLAT RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The water is very dirty and fishing has been slow. Recent sampling showed many trout around 12 inches. Scent, flash and vibration will help the trout find your offering in the dirty water.

BEND PINE NURSERY: rainbow trout

Limit is 2 fish per day, 8-inch minimum length.

BIKINI POND: rainbow trout

Trout fishing has slowed down do to warm summer water temperatures, the pond will be stocked again in November.

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

No recent reports. Trout daily catch limit may include one rainbow trout over 16 inches and one non fin-clipped (unmarked) rainbow trout. NOTE: Anglers who harvest one rainbow trout over 16 inches that is non fin-clipped have met both of these special regulations.

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

No recent reports.

CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: redband trout, mountain whitefish

Fishing for trout and whitefish has been good. Anglers are reminded that trout over 20-inches are considered steelhead and must be released unharmed. Fish that are being released should not be removed from the water.

Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife be electrofishing the river between the Big Bend and Cobble Rock campgrounds from Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19. ODFW suggest anglers avoid this part of the river during sampling. More about this sampling program.

Flows below Bowman Dam

CULTUS LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout

Lake has been recently stocked. Anglers report good fishing.

DAVIS LAKE: largemouth bass, redband trout

No recent reports. Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks. NOTE: ODFW biologist will be capturing largemouth bass from the lake at night over the next two weeks. These fish will be released in various waterbodies throughout the state to enhance those fisheries.

Fly-fishing on the Deschutes
-Video by Bob Swingle, ODFW-

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

Trout anglers can find summer in full swing on the Deschutes. Warm air and lots of bug hatches in the mornings and evenings. Dry fly fishing is good right now. The best trout fishing is from Warm Springs to Maupin.

Steelhead have not started entering the lower Deschutes yet. Anglers should watch The Dalles Dam counts and expect fishing to pick up in mid-July. 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.

Check the trap the seasons catch at Sherars Falls as an indicator of fish movement in the Lower Deschutes at river mile 43. The trap is only in operation from July to the end of October.

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

Angers report fair fishing. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures.

Benham Falls upstream to Wickiup Reservoir: rainbow trout, brown trout

Anglers report good fishing upstream of Bend. Five trout per day, which may include 2 non fin-clipped rainbow trout. Scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout this week.

Wickiup Reservoir upstream to Crane Prairie: rainbow trout, brown trout

Two trout per day, 8 inch minimum length.

Crane Prairie Reservoir upstream to Little Lave Lake: rainbow trout, brook trout

Anglers report fair fishing for brook trout. Catch-and-release only for rainbow trout. Five brook trout per day.

EAST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee

Anglers report fair fishing for trout. Unmarked rainbow trout must be released.

ELK LAKE: brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout

No recent reports.

FALL RIVER: rainbow trout

Restricted to fly-fishing only with barbless hooks.

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

No recent reports.

HOOD RIVER: summer steelhead, trout, spring Chinook

A few spring Chinook continue to be caught on the Hood River. Anglers are reminded that the season ends June 30. The best fishing can be found below Punchbowl Falls.

Steelhead fishing on the Hood will be slow through the summer and early fall. Anglers can expect a few fish in November and December.

HOSMER LAKE: brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout, Atlantic salmon

Anglers report good fishing with large trout being caught.

Smallmouth bass
Hunter Spriggs with his smallmouth bass.
-Photo by Evan A. Boyer-

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

Fishing has been good lately, especially for kokanee. Opportunities for bull trout are expected to be good this year.

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

Fishing should be good for the recently released trout.

LAURANCE LAKE: Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout

Laurance Lake reservoir has been recently stocked and should provide excellent opportunities.

LAVA LAKE (BIG): rainbow trout

No recent reports.

LAVA LAVE (SMALL): rainbow trout, brook trout

No recent reports.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout, brown trout

Lost Lake has recently been stocked and should be great fishing at one of Oregon’s most scenic lakes.

METOLIUS RIVER: redband trout, bull trout

Special fishing regulations apply to the Metolius River. All tributaries except Abbot, Lake, and Spring Creeks closed to fishing.

NORTH TWIN LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports. There is good bank access around entire lake.

OCHOCO CREEK UPSTREAM TO OCHOCO DAM: rainbow trout

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

OCHOCO RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, black crappie, smallmouth bass

Fishing has been fair for trout that average 14 to 16-inches.

ODELL CREEK: rainbow trout

Catch-and-release for trout.

Lake Trout
James Bond reeled in this 32lbs, 41.5" lake trout, winning the 2015 Odell Lake Mackinaw Derby.
-Photo by Lisa Kershaw, ODFW-

ODELL LAKE: kokanee, lake trout

No recent reports. Closed to fishing for bull trout and any incidental caught bull trout must be released unharmed. All tributaries to Odell Lake are closed to fishing.

PAULINA LAKE: brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee

No recent reports. Unmarked rainbow trout must be released.

PINE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

The reservoir has been stocked and good fishing has been reported.

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

Fishing for trout has been slow. Bass fishing has been good.

PRINEVILLE YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Trout fishing has been good.

ROCK CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Anglers should be prepared that low water conditions due to irrigation withdrawals will limit success in Rock Creek reservoir.

SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: rainbow trout

Open to fishing all year. 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

No recent reports. There is good bank access around entire lake.

SUTTLE LAKE: brown trout, kokanee

No recent reports.

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

Trout fishing will slow down during the summer months, but anglers can find lots of bluegill and largemouth bass.

THREE CREEK LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

Lake will be stocked this week with rainbow trout. Anglers report fair fishing for brook trout.

WALTON LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing has been excellent for the recently released trout and recent sampling showed good numbers of 13-inch holdover trout. As a reminder, the bag limit includes only one trout over 20 inches per day.

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

No recent reports. Special regulations apply for this waterbody.

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  Central Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR

Wolf OR-7
Wolf OR-7
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

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.

PRINEVILLE/OCHOCO WILDLIFE DISTRICT

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. Remember 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 and will be closely associated with deer and antelope during the fawning time of year. 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.

THE DALLES DISTRICT

There are high 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.

Limited opportunities may also be found at White River Wildlife area, and on lower elevation forest service lands. With fawns being born, many hunters are finding success with fawn in distress calls.

Cougar: Deer and elk have moved off the wintering areas to their summer grounds where they are more dispersed and at higher elevations. Cougars can be found in the same areas as they follow deer and elk 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.

WHITE RIVER WILDLIFE AREA

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.

Vehicle Access: New rules took affect that prohibit all recreational ATV use on the Wildlife Area, also camping is only allowed in designated camping areas. A parking permit is now required to use/park on the White River Wildlife Area along with other ODFW wildlife areas.

Cougar is all year or until zone mortality quotas have been met. Cougar can be found on White River Wildlife Area but are seldom seen. The annual migration of deer from higher in the Cascades will entice cougars to follow. Use weather to your advantage; look for tracks in snow, mud, and dirt.

There are many coyotes prowling about this year. Try calling for them from open fields, meadows, and pastures. The best areas to find them will be near farm grounds on the eastern boundary.

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 Central Zone Wildlife Viewing

CROOK COUNTY

The Ochoco National Forest in wintertime is a great place for fresh air, scenery and deciphering animal tracks. Bring your snowshoes and be prepared to encounter tracks of many shapes and sizes. Also, be prepared for severe winter weather and driving conditions.

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 walk-in access to view a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. The area is closed to motor vehicle access each winter until April 15. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office, at Prineville Reservoir State Park office and the ODFW website..

Deschutes County

June in the high desert typically brings a transition from changeable conditions to stable warmer weather patterns, however, nighttime temperatures can dip below freezing and days can still be cool and sometimes wet and blustery. Those conditions may not be ideal for hiking around in a t-shirt and shorts, but windy and stormy conditions can provide opportunities to see bird species that are otherwise uncommon as they seek shelter from the harsh weather before continuing to move to their chosen destination.

Western Fence Lizzard
Western Fence Lizard
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

On warmer days look for the species of snakes and lizards that inhabit Deschutes County, such as western fence lizards, sagebrush lizards, western skinks, short-horned lizards, two species of garter snakes, racer, rubber boa, gopher and night snakes. Be careful if you come across a rattlesnake, common in the Deschutes River canyon and elsewhere. Never try to pick one up and if you hear the warning rattle, but cannot see the snake; locate the sound and move in an opposite direction. At this time of year with relatively mild temperatures, reptiles like to bask in the morning sun and will be active all day long. Their activity patterns will change as the days become hotter, with most activity shifting away from the heat of the day to early morning, the early evening hours. A good way to tell if it’s warm enough for reptile activity is to touch the rocks. If they feel warm, you can expect to see lizards around rock piles, gopher snakes in dry open habitats, and garter snakes along river edges and around ponds and wetlands, where you are also likely to see small packets of Pacific tree frog eggs and free swimming tadpoles in the shallow vegetated areas. Amorous male frogs can be heard filling the air with their cricket like proclamations of love and territorial defense.

Wickiup and Crane Prairie Reservoirs are good areas to see bald eagles, common loon, horned grebe, and tree swallows. Both bald and golden eagles can be seen at Smith Rock State Park in north east Deschutes County, and yellow-bellied marmots (a favorite food item for golden eagles) will be active on warm sunny days.

Other good birding locations include Camp Polk Meadows, located a few miles north east of Sisters on Camp Polk Road, where a wide variety of birds can be seen this time of year. Visitors to the meadows are likely to see American kestrel, great horned owl, multiple warbler species, kingfisher, Virginia rail, Wilson’s snipe, California quail, hairy and downy woodpeckers, pygmy nuthatches, mourning doves and western bluebirds to name just a few.

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. Other opportunities to view a diversity of bird species (and other wildlife) without leaving Bend can be found along the trails that follow the Deschutes River. And Vaux’s swifts can be seen flying over the former Bend library at 507 NW Wall St., and disappearing into the chimney at dusk.

Other wildlife viewing areas to consider include Tumalo Reservoir (west of Highway 20 between Sister and Bend), Pelton Dam wildlife overlook and Lake Simstustus (Deschutes River northwest of Madras), and Hatfield Lakes (just north of the Bend airport), where you can expect to see Canada geese, American widgeon, green-winged teal, bufflehead, ring-necked ducks, northern shovelers, lesser scaup, common and Barrow’s goldeneye, multiple gull species, and various grebes including horned, eared, western, and Clark’s, along with deer, rabbits, and a variety of other mammals, reptiles and amphibians. 6/01/15

Wasco and Sherman counties

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). Look for movement and the white rump patches of bighorns and remember patience and good optics is key to seeing wildlife.

American Kestral
American Kestrel
-Photo by Cathy Nowak, ODFW-

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 and Golden Eagles. 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. 6/9/15.

White River Wildlife Area

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 for food.

Lewis’s woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, flickers, western meadowlarks, Steller’s jays, scrub jays, gray jays, Townsend’s solitaire, horned larks, 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.

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