Fishing the Middle Deschutes River

The Middle Deschutes river, likely the less discussed, is between Bend and Lake Billy Chinook. The access to the river is more difficult than other sections, but there are a few decent spots along the way. The most common access points with fishable water is near Tumalo Falls, Tethrow Crossing, Lower Bridge, and Crooked River Ranch. The most popular time to go fly fishing on the Middle Deschutes is in late April and early May. If you aren't familiar with stone and salmon fly hatches, you're missing out. It's easily the best fishing close to Bend where both browns and wild rainbows eagerly eat the giant sources of protein.


Middle Deschutes River Fishing Regulations

  • Open all year for trout.

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


Middle Deschutes River Weather


Fishing Maps of the Middle Deschutes River

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

Lava Island Trailhead

Meadow Camp Day Use Area

Big Eddy Trailhead

Steelhead Falls

SW Jordan Road Bridge


Middle 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!


Middle Deschutes River Stocking Schedule

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


Middle 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

High Water - Decent Fishing

written by John Ellis

March 10, 2020 - We were out early this week and the water is still really high, but the fishing was pretty good. We tried dries early, but weren't successful. A nymph under a float with a small zebra midge trailer seemed to be the ticket. Fish the outer edges and current breaks, a lot of fish were caught near the shorelines and underwater humps.


Local Fly Shop and Guide Reports

written by flyfishersplace

May 15, 2022 - First off, I am sorry I missed a week. I was in Mexico catching baby tarpon and when I got home I honestly felt like I didn't have enough information to provide a good and accurate report. Now, having been home for a week, getting some time on the water, and time in the fly … Continue reading Jeff’s fishing report 5/15/2022

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April 21, 2022 - I don't actually have a Crystal Ball. Damnit. Opening day for so many of us is kind of like Christmas. It's a gift. A change of season. A day to begin a season with a lot to look forward to. With the gift Mother Nature has given over the last two weeks, it is clear … Continue reading Opening Day “Crystal Ball” projections 4/22/22

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February 27, 2022 - good morning from Sisters, Oregon. It's looking like a warm and wet week for the end of February and the beginning of meteorological spring which begins Tuesday March 1st. I like the sound of Spring, although I do continue to hope for a lot more water in the mountains before we really start our warming … Continue reading “Almost Spring” Fishing Report 2/27/22

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written by flyfishersplace

January 8, 2022 - Happy New Year friends. These last few weeks have seen some crazy weather. Big snowstorms, mostly in the mountains but also down in town blanketed the area with deep snow. This week on the SNOTEL Data website, through the USDA, we show our snow pack at 113% in the Deschutes and Crooked River Basins. The … Continue reading New Year fishing report 1/7/2022

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Fishing Spots near Middle Deschutes River

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