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Lakes & Reservoirs 5/22/2017
DAVIS LAKE: Open all year. Road is open from the 42 road side and the lake is ice free. With the colder water temps, Bass are lethargic. Try subsurface flies until the conditions improve. Larger streamers on sink-tips. Flies: Joe Dirt 4/0, Diving Shiner (Gold & Silver), Beldar Lemon Drop
CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: OPEN: Road is open and the lake is ice free Fishing has been slow ,look for fish around the east side of lake. BIG buggers and flies with lot’s of hackle to make some noise as the water warms up look for Midge hatches.
EAST LAKE and PAULINA LAKE: Open all year. Road closed due to snow. After ice-off fishing will be great! Look for fish to be in the shallows near the hot springs and south CG shoreline. Indicator fishing is best! Also Streamers are very effective. Flies: Snow Cones, Double Scoops, Ricks VID Midge, Chromies, Chronopheas, Rust TSW, Goat Leech, Belly Minnow, Beldar Lemon Drop.
HOSMER LAKE: Open all year. Road closed due to snow ( Reports of road opening later this week) The southern pond and the channel are best along the weeds. Chironomids, Scuds, and Leeches will be most productive through Spring. Also Streamers. Flies: Chromies, Snow Cones #14-18, Chironopheas, Zebra Midge #18&20, Hatching Midge, Mayhem Midge, Olive/Pink Scuds, TSWs rust and green, Belly Minnow, Beldar Lemon Drop.
LAVA LAKE: Open all year. Road closed due to snow ( Reports of road opening on Friday the 28th of April) Most fish will be concentrated in shallows along south/west shoreline. Indicator fishing will be most productive. Also Stripping Leeches. Flies: Snow Cones #12-14 (Black/Silver, Red), Chromie Red, Ricks VID Midge, Twin Lakes Special , Wooley Buggers, Goat Leech, T.S.W. Olive with Red bead , T.S.W. Black with Gold bead
NORTH & SOUTH TWIN LAKES: Open all year. Road is open and the lakes are ice free. These lakes welcome fly fishermen, as well as families looking to fish with bait with the kids! Chironomids & Leeches around the edges. Flies: Wooly Bugger, TSW, Black and Olive, Dragon Nymphs, Chromie Halo Red, Chronopheas, Yankee Buzzer Red, BH Prince Nymph, Water Boatman, Zug Bugs.
DESERT LAKES: Some reservoirs East, such as Haystack, Ochoco, Ana, Antelope Flat, and Thompson; can fish very well in the Spring! Chironomids, Leeches, Scuds and Boatman are best. Flies: Tan & Olive Scuds, Prince Nymphs, Water Boatman, Zug Bugs, Wooly Buggers, TSW, Goat Leech, Yankee Buzzer, Chromies, Snow Cones.
CROOKED RIVER: Open all year. Subject to high river flows through spring run off. As of the time of this update the crooked is at 278 cfs and holding steady. Now that the flows are in check (below 400cfs) the Crooked is awesome! Look for heavy hatches of BWO’s, Mothers Day Caddis, Midges and Skwalas. Best 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Flies: Zebra Midge, Winker (Black & Olive), Psycho May, BH Pheasant Tail, Sparkle Pupa, San Juan, Drifting Grannom, BWO Para, Sparkle Dun, Ex-Body BWO, Peacock Caddis, X-Caddis Olive #16-18, Leeches #12-14
FALL RIVER: Open all year. GOOD. Plenty of fish to be caught down around the falls and the hatchery grounds. Mid day will be best fishing time! Flies: Zebra Midge, 2 Bit Hooker, Psycho May, EB Baetis, Para B.W.O., Sparkle Dun, Beldar Bugger.
UPPER DESCHUTES: Closed. Opens May 22nd
DESCHUTES Sunriver Zone: Closed. Opens May 22nd
DESCHUTES Benham Fall’s down stream to Bend: Open all year. 1670 cfs. Spring is the time to hit the Middle D! Blue Wing Olives (BWO) will be the main hatch. You might also encounter some Stones as well as some March Browns through March, April and May. Flies: March Brown, Parachute, Sparkle Dun, Wally Wing Baetis, Para Baetis, Sculpin, FB Pheasant Tail, Copper Johns, 22 Inchers, Birds Nest, BH Hares Ear, Zonkers.
METOLIUS RIVER: Open all year. The Metolius fishes great all year long. In the colder months of winter and spring it’s one of the only games in town. Trout will typically hold in all the classic water. riffles, seams and pocket water. Due to the fact that it is a spring river, the flows and water temps are very consistent. In the spring there can be good hatches of blue winged olives, march browns, winter stones and even some times fishable caddis hatches. Flies: Pheasant tail, 2 bit hooker, purple psycho prince, zebra midge, parachute bwo, comparadun, biot stone, sculpzilla