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

May 21, 2022 - Here we are, May 21st and it's been a weird start to the fishing season since April. Mostly due to snow up in the lakes and wind and cold weather down on the rivers. Is that about to change? For a while it looks like and that is why I think this is going to … Continue reading An exciting fishing report 5/21/2022

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April 10, 2022 - Good morning. If you're reading this from the Pacific NW you are likely drinking your coffee and wearing a sweater today. I've even got a stocking hat on and I am inside. I guess I need to get the wood stove going again. This is the 2nd weekend in a row that Oregon mountains are … Continue reading Brrrrr, Fishing in snowflakes update 4/10/22

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written by flyfishersplace

January 15, 2022 - Welcome to Winter! It's a wonderland up there with the snow pack looking pretty good for the moment. We now have a blocking high pressure system which is making for some warm sunny days again, and that bodes well for getting out and enjoying some good access to the rivers in our area. The Metolius … Continue reading MLK Weekend Fishing Report 1/14/22

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written by flyfishersplace

October 29, 2021 - Good afternoon, I am home tying up loose ends, doing my last big orders for the 2022 upcoming season and getting ready to hop on a plane and go fishing in Mexico. I was out a few days this week locally, and the FFP guide team is still busy all over the waters here. It … Continue reading Fishing Report and Updates for 10/29/21

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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!