Deschutes River Fish Report for 7-29-2022
Fishing to open Aug. 15 on Deschutes River thanks to improved summer steelhead returns
Deschutes River - Maupin, OR
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
THE DALLES, Ore.—Salmon, steelhead, trout and bass fishing will be open under normal permanent regulations starting Aug. 15 on the Deschutes River from Moody Rapids upstream to Pelton Dam in the Deschutes River.
After last year’s critically low returns in steelhead (fish that would have spawned in spring 2022), ODFW announced a new Deschutes River steelhead fishery framework to take conservation action during low returns. The framework closes the lower Deschutes River fishery until passage thresholds at Bonneville are met to assure ODFW managers that the sport fishery will not have population impacts.
In May, ODFW announced that the usual summertime steelhead fishing season on the Deschutes River was closed from June 1-Aug. 15 per the new framework.
Staff have been closely monitoring unmarked steelhead returns to Bonneville Dam starting on July 1. Early returns of A-run steelhead are sufficient to warrant re-opening the Deschutes River to angling on Aug. 15.
“We needed to surpass 9,900 unmarked steelhead over Bonneville Dam during the month of July to open the fishery on Aug. 15 and get above conservation concern levels,” said Jason Seals, ODFW Deschutes district fish biologist. “Thankfully, we have seen some recovery from last year’s low returns.
“We are still expecting modest returns based on our run projections to the Deschutes but within abundance levels that the fishery won’t have population impacts,” he continued.
ODFW managers in the Deschutes will continue to monitor the run until the end of August to make sure the run does not return to critical conservations levels, as seen in 2021. At current return rates of unmarked steelhead to Bonneville Dam, it is unlikely restrictions will be re-enacted, but anglers should always check the Fishing Report for their zone for the latest regulations (click Regulation Updates) https://myodfw.com/recreation-report/fishing-report/central-zone
For more background on summer steelhead management in the Columbia Basin and the Deschutes River steelhead fishery framework, visit https://myodfw.com/articles/steelhead-management-columbia-snake-river-basins
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Friday, July 22nd
Holbrook Reservoir: Gamefish limits and gear restrictions lifted for Holbrook Reservoir and Heart Lake
: ODFW seeks comment on fish passage exemption in Linn County
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is 3.3 feet below full pool and 49 percent full
Williamson River: Williamson River Report
Crescent Lake: The lake level remains extremely low
Hosmer Lake: Anglers report that fishing at Hosmer has improved
Metolius River: The Metolius River continues to fish well
Wickiup Reservoir: The reservoir is very low at 23 percent
Nehalem River: Nehalem River fishing report
Wilson River: Summer steelhead are throughout the fishery
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Despite the warm weather anglers are still catching trout in Cooper
Eel Lake: Trout fishing at Eel Lake has started to slow down
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Thursday, July 21st
Sycan River: Fishing not recommended
Wood River: Fishing for brown trout and redband trout should be good this week
Crane Prairie Reservoir: After a slow start, anglers are reporting that fishing is improving
Crooked River: Fly anglers report good fishing with dry-dropper setups
Fall River: The Fall River has been fishing well
Ochoco Reservoir: The reservoir is very low at 22 percent
Prinevile Reservoir: Trout fishing continues to be good
Willamette River: Willamette River Fishing Report
Nestucca River: Spring Chinook fishing is slowing down on the Nestucca
Trask River: Spring Chinook fishing is slowing down, but there are still some fish around
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