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.
Be sure to check the Fishing Regulations and Emergency Rules for this area.
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.
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!
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.
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!
November 27, 2019 - The Lower river has been in good shape and fishing for trout is productive. There are a bunch of eggs in the system right now both from Kings and Whitefish. The trout will swim just behind spawning fish and their respective reds waiting for any eggs dislodged in the swift current. Fish behind redds with …
November 22, 2019 - We are still guiding the Lower D (and the McKenzie) for the fall. The Warm Springs to Trout Creek drift is fishing well for trout and certainly has some steelhead opportunities too on both the swung fly and on nymphs. Mecca and Trout Creek and the WS boat launch area are all good drive to … Continue reading Lower Deschutes fishing report 11/22/19
November 15, 2019 - I have been seeing and hearing about some nice fish being caught on the Lower, with some bigger fish showing up later in the run there are good opportunities and decent number still in the river. Nymphing and swinging have been good bets and fish are being caught on both techniques recently. Some favorite bugs …
November 4, 2019 - Fishing for trout on the lower stretches of the Deschutes has been consistent and cold. The trout are moving into some slower and deeper pools for the winter as they stock up and pack the pounds on. The Kings have been spawning and the fish definitely key into the big eggs that don’t make it …
Be sure to check out nearby fishing spots, they're less than 15 miles away from Lower Deschutes River!