Deschutes River Fish Report 11-23-07

Deschutes River - Maupin, OR


by Kaufman Streamborn
11-23-2007
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With a steep increase in flows last Saturday night and frigid air temperatures throughout the past week, the trout angler has had a difficult time catching fish. The CFS went from 4300 on the Madras gauge to 6100 in a matter of hours. Only during dusk did we see trout rising to the surface, and for only a 15-20 min window. Fish appeared to be keying in on larger brown Caddis in size 12-14's.

However, flows have descended and are now down to 4850 CFS this morning. Expect flows to be steady over the next week. Fish should settle in and trout fishing should pick up. Water from Pelton Dam is nice and clear as well. Trout will start to push into eddies where many will hold and feed until spring. 3 ~ 4 weight rods, long spring creek leaders, midge and BWO patterns will be the name of the game. If going deep, tool flies such as October Caddis Pupa's, BH Kaufmann Stones, attached with a red midge trailer or a BH Lighting bug might be your best bet. San Juan Worms will also be a great addition to your box over the next 4 months.  

The trout fishing between Pelton Dam and The Northern Boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation is closed. In other words, you can no longer target trout from Warm Springs to river mile 69 (Near Dixon Flat) Please note that you can only  fish for Steelhead in this stretch of river, and using your 4 weight, 5x and a size 18 baetis will most likely get you a ticket and a date in court.

Steelhead = Good (Forecast: Good) Flows jumped from a low of 4300 to 6100 CFS last Saturday night! That's 1800 CFS, enough water to generate a new river! The fishing Sunday and Monday was flat out terrible, but Tuesday we managed to hook 3 and land one. The water is slowly dropping and fishing should be back to good (if not great). The water has a nice tint to it with at least 5 feet of visibility.

Before the spike in the gauge we saw a lot of fish between Dant and North Junction, but with the water having risen, expect lot's of fish between Warm Springs and Trout Creek. With that said, Maupin is producing fish as usual. Best chance for a B-Run will be in the lower 12 miles, from the Water Tower downstream to Heritage. If targeting the ladder, don't be afraid to fish slightly deeper and slower water. With the colder air and water temps, we recommend weighted leeches in Purple, Black, Blue, Orange with pink accents... Say hello to Doctor Skagit and Mr. T-14! We fished a mixed quiver of floaters, type 3's and 6' in the last few weeks, with the tips out fishing the floaters 4 to 1. Now that we've hit mid-November and the gauge is spiking, it might be time to retire the floater for the year.

You don't have to spey cast or swing down and across to be successful! A nymphing stick, stout indictator, # 10 CDC Prince or oversized nymph with rubber legs followed by a size 12 Red Copper John!

If fishing Warm Springs to Trout Creek, bear in mind that you are not allowed to anchor your boat below (or above!) Dry Creek on the reservation side, as permits will not be issued again until 2008. The gate between Dry Creek and Trout creek was reopened few weeks ago. This area will be patrolled by Tribal Police over the next couple of months. 




Kaufman Streamborn Reports
for Friday, November 2nd, 2007
Clackamas River: Clackamas River Fish Report 11-02-07
Deschutes River: Deschutes River Fish Report 11-02-07
McKenzie River: McKenzie River Fish Report 11-02-07
Olympic Penninsula Rivers: Olympic Penninsula Rivers Fish Report 11-02-07
Puget Sound: Puget Sound Fish Report 11-02-07
Skagit River: Skagit River Fish Report 11-02-07
Skykomish & Snoqualmie Rivers: Skykomish & Snoqualmie Rivers Fish Report 11-02-07
Stillaguamish River: Stillaguamish River Fish Report 11-02-07
Yakima River: Yakima River