Both the Mckenzie and Willamette Rivers continue to rise to ridiculous levels. Unseasonably hot weather combined with record snow pack and already full reservoirs have meant unfishable rivers. If you were planning on fishing the Mckenzie or Willamette early this week it is time to make other plans.
There are numerous great options to explore. Here are some waters that are well worth checking out in the coming days:
Davis Lake; Bass fishing has been fair and should get much better with all the heat and warming water temperatures. Launch your tube or boat at the Lava Flow Campground, fish large heavy streamers on the bottom.
Craine Prairie Reservoir; Fishing has been great at Craine lately. Chironomids fished in Quinn and Deschutes channels have been yeilding excellent results. Use a strike indicator and suspend both a small wooly bugger and a chironomid about 5-7 feet below.
Deschutes River; Fishing has been excellent with larger stonefly nymphs fished both near shore and near depth transitions. Adult Salmon flies have been spotted around Maupin and the past few days heat have undoubtably moved the hatch up in terms of peak time.
Wickiup Reservoir; Kokanee fishing has been excellent. Pink and white flies fished “Jig” style have been pounding on them.
We will keep our ears open to other hot fisheries and try to get an idea of what access will be like this weekend at the opening of Gold Lake. Stay Tuned