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

November 23, 2022 - Hi everyone, it's good to be home in Sisters and back to the shop. It has been fun this week catching up on local fishing and hearing stories of the trout and steelhead locally. While we had a great trip to Cuba, for me there is no place like home and no fish like a … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving Fishing Update 11/23/22

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October 21, 2022 - With big weather changes coming up tonight, I thought it might be helpful to make some predictions and talk about conditions before all that happens so you can plan for the weather and make choices depending on how conditions will be over the next couple of days and week ahead. Starting on the lakes, I … Continue reading A (little early) fishing report 10/21/22

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October 2, 2022 - Good morning, the weather is going to be glorious this week, so if you're not planning to fish, you should change those plans and go fishing. It is certainly possible to have gorgeous and warm fall weather for a lot of October, but we never know, so you put off raking needles and leaves, going … Continue reading Fishing reports and updates for October 2, 2022

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September 2, 2022 - A Thursday night update. What in the heck? These things usually hit on the weekends but this weekend I will be nowhere near a computer or a wifi signal. Instead, I am headed camping on the Metolius with Tina, Drake and some good friends tomorrow, and know the day will be packed from the minute … Continue reading Labor Day fishing forecast and fishing reports

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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!