Flows on the Deschutes were high last week and the river had quite a bit of color

Deschutes River - Maupin, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Flows on the Deschutes were high last week and the river had quite a bit of color. The river will likely clear up through this week with colder temperatures in the forecast. Most anglers target trout nymphing this time of year. ‌

If you harvest a steelhead with an external orange tag that reads "ODFW THE DALLES" please call 541-296-4628 to report the tag or fill out this form online. If you catch a wild steelhead with an orange tag, please leave the tag in place and release the fish unharmed. These tags are a part of the annual lower Deschutes mark-recapture population estimates conducted by ODFW. ‌

A reminder the Deschutes closed on Jan. 1 from the Northern Boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation to the Pelton Regulation Reservoir for all fishing. This section will reopen on April 22 under permanent rule.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, February 7th

Fourmile Lake: The Lake is blocked by snow and is currently 27 percent full
Gerber Reservoir: The reservoir is not frozen
Upper Klamath Lake: The lake is ice-free
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Report
Lake Of The Woods: The lake is open water and there will likely be no ice fishing this year
Pilcher Reservoir: As the ice continues to melt, bank fishing opportunities will improve
Sky Lakes Wilderness Lakes: Snow is blocking access and there's snow at all the lakes
Sycan River: Flows are high at 96 cfs
Thief Valley Reservoir: Thief Valley Reservoir is now ice-free
Agate Lake: Agate Reservoir continues to rise and is now 68 percent full
Applegate River: The release from the dam is 750 cfs, and the temperature at release is 43F
Arizona Pond: Good numbers of trout are swimming around the pond
Ben Irving Reservoir: Some anglers find more success using bait than lures
Coquille River: The North Fork Coquille River has been fishable this week
Elk River: Boat anglers are having pretty good success side drifting from Elk River Hatchery down to Ironhead boat ramp
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant is still at 29 percent full and filling very slowly
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is 55 percent full and trout fishing on the ice should continue to be good
Illinois River: The river is fishable and winter steelhead have been reported up to Green Bridge
Lost Creek Lake: Bank fishing near the dam was productive recently
Rogue River - Middle: The Rogue is currently in great shape
Rogue River- Upper: The release from Lost Creek Reservoir is 2,000 cfs and the temperature at release is 42.5F
Sixes River: River conditions have improved enough for anglers to start looking for steelead
Tenmile Lakes: Steelhead fishing has been good one day and slow the next on Tenmile Creek lately
Alsea River: Some early winter steelhead have entered the Alsea River basin
Kilchis River: The Kilchis is low and clear
Miami River: Fishing will be slow in the low water conditions
Necanicum River: The Necanicum River is getting low and we need rain to improve fishing conditions
Nehalem River: The Nehalem is in good fishing conditions
Nehalem River- North Fork: The North Fork Nehalem is getting low and clear
Nestucca River: The Nestucca has dropped into good fishing conditions
Salmon River: Early winter steelhead have been entering the system
Siletz River: Like the Salmon and Alsea rivers, the first big push of winter steelhead have entered the system
Siuslaw River: The Siuslaw is open for retention of hatchery winter steelhead
Three Rivers: Fishing should continue to be fair to good this week
Yaquina River: Winter steelhead will be entering the system
EE Wilson Angling Pond: Will be stocked again this week
Green Peter Reservoir: Green Peter is about 40 feet above the toe slope of Thistle Creek boat ramp
Santiam River ( North Fork) : River is currently running at around 9,700 cfs at the gauge in Mehama
Crescent Lake: Crescent Lake is currently 14 percent full
Crooked River: The USBOR has initiated flood control operations from Bowman Dam