Lava Lake Report

Lava Lake - Sunriver, OR

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Fly Fishers Place

by The Fly Fishers Place

Not that any one wants to go fish Lava Lake now, but I mentioned to some of you via private message about Lava lake and that I’d fill in details when I heard back from the local ODFW fish biologist. Here is the report I got from him:

We have a bunch of nets in there for chub removal and are catching some larger rainbows. I am confident that there was a fish die-off in the lake during ice-over. It was not a complete fish kill but most must have perished. The two-year algae bloom and low water is most likely causing the lake’s Dissolved Oxygen to decrease during iceover to levels that are not good for fish. The exploding chub population is taking a toll on the zooplankton which eat decaying algae. The lake is sick and will need some good winter snowpacks to fix.

We reduced the numbers of fingerlings by ½ and found some extra legals to stock to maintain some sort of fishery. I expect more of the same this winter if the algae bloom continues and another year of low water. Maybe the reduction of stocked fish and chub removal will help to eliminate a winter kill but if that lake turns over during a summer wind storm, it could be trouble.

More Reports

The Fly Fishers Place Reports
for Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Three Creek Lake: Fishing Has Been Outstanding in the Afternoon
Metolius River: Golden Stones are hatching in the upper river
Crooked River: Running a bit higher at 299 cfs
Deschutes River- Lower: Continuing to see excellent Caddis emergences
Deschutes River: Deschutes River Report
East Lake: East Lake Fishing Conditions
: Damsels have become active now

The Fly Fishers Place Reports
for Friday, June 25th, 2021

Metolius River: Many of the afternoon hatches are shifting towards evening
Fall River: The Fall is Seeing Some Good Day
Deschutes River- Lower: Fishing is Very Good on Caddis Now
Crooked River: Nymphing is Your Best Option For Sure
McKenzie River: McKenzie is Fishing Great
Paulina Lake: Paulina Lake Fishing Report
Three Creek Lake: Prime Fishing Going On