Fishing the Lower Deschutes River

The Lower Deschutes is one of the best rivers to fish for native trout and running steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. If you have a drift boat, you're best bet is to hit the water between Warm Springs and Trout Creek. While the drift boat or raft is the best way to make your way down the river, fishing from a boat isn't allowed; so anchor up, get out and wade those riffles.


Lower Deschutes River Fishing Regulations

  • Open all year for trout and hatchery steelhead.
  • 2 rainbow trout per day, 10 inch minimum and 13 inch maximum length.
  • Open for Chinook salmon upstream to Sherars Falls Aug 1 – Oct 31.
  • Open for coho salmon Aug 1 – Dec 31.
  • No fishing from a floating device.
  • Anglers are restricted to the eastern half of the river where it borders the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation.

Be sure to check the Fishing Regulations and Emergency Rules  for this area.


Lower Deschutes River Weather


Fishing Maps of the Lower Deschutes River

Our Lower Deschutes River fishing maps show areas we love to fish. If you've never fished here before these are great places to start.

Mecca Flat Campground Trail Head

Maupin City Park

Mecca Flats - Mile 1

Mecca Flats - Farmhouse

Mecca Flats - Mile 3

Trout Creek Campground

Davidson Flats Launch and Campground


Lower Deschutes River Recommended Flies

The flies we've listed below are some of the locals favorites for this section of the water. If you're interested in learning to tie these flies, we've included links to show you how!


Lower Deschutes River Stocking Schedule

ODFW is not stocking Lower Deschutes River at this time. For more information on stocking schedules for Oregon rivers and lakes, please visit the ODFW Trout Stocking website.


Lower Deschutes River Fishing Reports

There's nothing better than community based reports from people that are on the water! If you're seeing reports from local fly shops and guides please take some time to visit their shops or websites!

Community Reports

Last day before Oregon Quarantine

written by RandallJBonner

March 23, 2020 - Couple bows, one on a captain America pattern Chironomid and another on a brown/orange elkhair caddis.


Local Fly Shop and Guide Reports

written by flyfishersplace

October 16, 2021 - Holy cow what a great couple of October days we are getting yesterday and today. I guided the Fall River yesterday in Sunshiney bliss and today I am headed to the Metolius with my friend Mike, hopefully for a good afternoon session of dry fly action. I hope you are getting out and enjoying these … Continue reading Jeff’s fishing report 10/16/21

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written by flyfishersplace

September 25, 2021 - How many more of these days will we get in 2021? It is perfect, but the winds of change are blowing in soon it looks like. We will take anything we get and we will fish in anything we get. The Metolius is still getting a good afternoon Green Drake hatch, mostly in a size … Continue reading Fishing Report 9/25/2021

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written by flyfishersplace

September 19, 2021 - If you're from Oregon and felt the full blast of fall weather hit us this weekend, and with essentially a month and half left of general trout season, it feels like it is speeding to an end. In so many ways, that "end" never matters, because of all of the places that are open year … Continue reading Fishing Report 9/19/21

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written by flyfishersplace

September 12, 2021 - Good Sunday Morning, we have a lot to share and a lot to talk about this week, so let's dive in and look at trends and conditions around Central Oregon and get you ready for your next day on the water. I was lucky enough to fish the Metolius 3 days since the last report. … Continue reading Fishing Update September 12, 2021

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Fishing Spots near Lower Deschutes River

Be sure to check out nearby fishing spots, they're less than 15 miles away from Lower Deschutes River!