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

February 4, 2021 - It is a gorgeous morning in Sisters, Oregon. The snow we got yesterday is shining brightly in the morning sun, and it looks like the next several days include a small warm up in the mid 40's, and over the weekend dry conditions. Should be great to get out and fish. On the Metolius, the … Continue reading February Fishing Forecast 2/4/21

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written by flyfishersplace

December 23, 2020 - Hello to everyone on this very special week! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all. Tina and I have been busy with work: the shop is busier than I can remember any holiday season being and she is wrapping up a good year selling real estate. So we haven't fished in about 10 … Continue reading Christmas Week fishing report 12/22/20

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December 2, 2020 - The Lower D. on the Day stretch has still been producing nice trout on the dry dropper setup. Adding an egg pattern to your dropper for the next couple weeks will never hurt your chances either. For euro nymphing and under an indicator you can also pick up some trout in the slower riffles and …

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written by George Conlan

November 20, 2020 - The Lower Deschutes is a great place to be this time of year. The colder weather will keep the crowds at bay and the fishing has been very productive. The white fish are spawning and will be dropping eggs for the next couple weeks. Rainbows and Steelhead will sit in tail outs waiting for an …

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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!