• ODFW: No spring Chinook season on Deschutes River this year due to continued poor returns

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    There will no spring Chinook season on the Deschutes River in 2022 due to poor returns. Find out more here.

    By Lynn Ketchum/OSU

    But Hood River will have season due to better return

    THE DALLES, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided there will be no spring Chinook season on the Deschutes River for 2022 due to expected poor returns, but has set the following regulations for a spring Chinook fishery on the Hood River:

    Open for adult hatchery Chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth to mainstem confluence with the East Fork, and the West Fork from the confluence with the mainstem upstream to the angling deadline 200 feet downstream of…
  • Prineville Reservoir hits lowest level in more than 20 years

    Posted on in categories Fishing , Local , RivertaggedBoating , Local , Prineville , Water

    Prineville Reservoir is seeing its lowest levels in over 20 years. Learn more here.


    PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) — The water level at the Prineville Reservoir has slowly been getting lower and lower.

    This year, the reservoir has hit its lowest water level since the 1990s, at 18% of capacity, according to Prineville Reservoir State Park Manager Chris Gerdes.

    While the reservoir’s water level fluctuates through the years, it has stayed low the last few years.

    “It happens periodically,” Gerdes told NewsChannel 21 Tuesday. “Any time that the reservoir gets below 30%, that’s where issues happen.”

    The reservoir is at 26% now, with the only visitors being a dozen or…

  • Wildfire Closures and Restrictions Updates

    Posted on in categories Fishing , Hiking , Travel & Adventure

    Access for fishing and big game scouting is getting tricky.

    The ODFW has resources links to stay updated on outdoor recreation.

    When wildfire risks are high, it pays to check on access and fire restrictions before you go. Bookmark this page– it includes links to closure and restriction updates on both public and private land.

    Buy your big game tags before the hunt begins

    If you’re hunting deer or elk during the general archery season, the last day to by your tag is Aug. 27. If you bought a Sports Pac, don’t forget to redeem your voucher for the actual tag you’ll need to hunt.

    Best bets for weekend fishing

    Both fish and the people who chase them will…

  • Warm Water Temps Take a Toll on Fish. 5 Tips for Fishing in Hot Water.

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    During summer drought and high temperatures, fish start feeling the heat. Give them a break by following these warm weather fishing guidelines.

    From the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Connect to ODFW HERE.

    When fish are already stressed from low, warm water caused by drought and soaring temperatures, a long fight with an angler could be deadly. Warm water holds less dissolved oxygen than cold water, meaning fish can struggle to breath when water temperatures get high.

    Warmwater fish – although more tolerant of warm water conditions — have their limits, too. So how hot is too hot? Coldwater fish such as trout, steelhead and salmon will start to feel stressed when water temperatures hit 68°F. Warmwater fish…

  • Fly and Field Happy Hour Thursday July 8th

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    Looking for some fishing peeps to hang out with? Thursday July 8th you can do just that at Fly and Field Outfitters. MORE INFO HERE.

    The crew there has some great open events that are free and fun to get to know others in the fishing community. Happy Hour at the shop!  Enjoy refreshments and snacks from Camp Host and Chef, and save a few dollars while in the shop with some special deals for this event.

  • How to Turn Your Kayak Into a Fishing Machine - FREE Clinic

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    Kayak fishing can open access to much more water for fishing here in Central Oregon. Learn from some folks who have this down; what to look for in a kayak- rigging a kayak for fishing- safety- bonuses of kayak fishing. Speakers Steve VanDyke & James Rheer. MORE INFO HERE.

    When: Friday June 25th, 4pm – 6pm. Where: Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

    Having a hard time finalizing and outfitting your fishing kayaks? Have questions about targeting a specific type of fish? Steve and James will present a 45 min slideshow on how to select a fishing kayak and turn it into a fishing machine.

    After the presentation there will be time for Q&A, talking shop, and viewing Jame’s and Steve’s…

  • June 5 -6 is Oregon Free Fishing Weekend

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    The first weekend in June is Oregon’s traditional Free Fishing Weekend. Central Oregon is considered one of the best fishing spots in the country. Three major rivers provide exceptional fly fishing opportunities and the many lakes and reservoirs hold multiple fish species.

    This is a great weekend to get out and fish in Central Oregon. Make it a family outing and enjoy the great outdoors.

    We’ve pulled together everything you’ll need to plan your own DIY free fishing day adventure.

  • Fly Fishing in Central Oregon is On

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    The thrill of a tight line on a fly rod is a rush similar to skiing great powder, a superb mountain bike trail, or a sunset from a mountain peak after the hike to get there. Central Oregon is a fly fishing hot spot. This sport has been growing in popularity and the spring season has started out with great fishing.

    There are several local shops that will hook you up with the right gear, daily fishing reports, and guides to help you get started.

    This video from Orvis evokes the thrill of a fish on. Share your fishing photos on the homepage gallery and let’s see those tight lines and happy faces.

  • Free Fishing Days in Oregon Nov 27 & 28

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    Looking for something to do outside on Thanksgiving weekend. Fishing is always an option in Central Oregon anytime of year.  MORE INFO HERE. 

    The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving are Free Fishing Days in Oregon. That means you can fish, crab or clam for free – no license, tag or endorsement required. Some restrictions apply, as in all current closures, bag limits and other regulations still apply. If you’re looking for a place to take the family, we’ve got 101 suggestions. And if you live near PortlandBendMedfordRoseburg or in Lane County,…

  • Spey Casting Demonstration with Scientific Angler Rep Jeremiah Houle

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    Wednesday Oct 28th 12pm – 1pm Farewell Bend Park Hosted by Fly and Field Outfitters.

    Have you wanted to fish for Oregon Steelhead? Maybe you fly fish but haven’t made the jump to spey casting for steelies, or maybe you just want to get out and learn more about fishing in our region. Come to Farewell Bend park for a Spey Casting Demonstration with local Scientific Angler Rep, Jeremiah Houle.

    This is a FREE in person event outside and a way to connect with other interested anglers. MORE INFO HERE.