Reports of excellent fishing on Crooked River below Bowman
Published: January 05. 2012 4:00AM PST
Here is the weekly fishing report for selected areas in and around Central Oregon, provided by fisheries biologists for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife:
CROOKED RIVER BELOW BOWMAN DAM: The fishing has been excellent, with fish over 20 inches long being reported.
DESCHUTES RIVER (Mouth to the Pelton Regulating Dam): If you’re looking for some solitude, now is a great time to fish for trout and steelhead on the lower Deschutes. Anglers should try tactics with slow presentations such as nymphs or a jig and bobber. Lots of steelhead remain in the lower river around Maupin.
DESCHUTES RIVER (Lake Billy Chinook to Bend): Flows have increased significantly, and anglers are reminded to exercise caution when wading. No recent reports, but there should be good fishing for rainbow and brown trout.
HOOD RIVER: A few bright winter steelhead are being caught on the lower Hood River. Recent high water should have brought some new fish into the river. The number of steelhead in the river will continue to increase as the winter progresses.
METOLIUS RIVER: Trout fishing has been good. Insect hatches should offer lots of opportunities for good dry fly fishing.
OCHOCO RESERVOIR: Fishing has been hit and miss; be prepared to try a lot of different gears until you find what works. The reward is healthy trout in the 14-to 16-inch range, with the occasional 18-to 20-inch fish.
PRINEVILLE RESERVOIR: Anglers have reported catching larger trout than in recent years. Anglers should consult the 2011 Sport Fishing Regulations for maximum length requirements and bag limits for both largemouth and smallmouth bass.
SHEVLIN YOUTH FISHING POND: The pond is open to fishing year-round but may be iced over in winter. Shevlin Pond is open to children 17 years old and younger, with a bag limit of two fish.