Fishing the Upper Deschutes River
This section of the Deschutes River which starts from the source that starts at Little Lava Lake is a diverse section that spans all the way to Benham Falls. If you're looking to fish for big browns, try the section between Wickiup Reservoir and Crane Prairie Reservoir - locals refer to this area as Sheep's Bridge. The uppermost section of the Deschutes River is well known for holding the state's record for Brook trout.
Upper Deschutes Fishing Regulations
Deschutes River from Little Lava Lake to Benham Falls
- Open May 22 - Sep 30.
- Wild rainbow trout must be released.
- Limit - 2 trout per day, 8 inch minimum length (including brook and brown trout, kokanee, and hatchery rainbow).
Upper Deschutes Weather
Upper Deschutes River Fishing Maps
Our Upper Deschutes River fishing maps represent the areas that we've fished and we're openly sharing with you. We're always looking for contributors, if you've got a fishing spot you'd like to add send it to us using the "Share a Spot" button below.
Upper Deschutes River Recommended Flies
Upper Deschutes River Stocking Schedule
ODFW is not stocking the Deschutes River at this time. For more information on stocking schedules for Oregon rivers and lakes, please visit the ODFW Trout Stocking website.
Upper Deschutes River Fishing Reports
Fishing Spots Near the Upper Deschutes River
The Middle Deschutes River near Bend, OR is close. 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.