Lake Billy Chinook is producing a few Kokanee right now. In the past seasons we have found kokes right off the first boat ramp toward the swimming beach to the North. Look for the schools of jumping fish and cast a pink and pearl hex Gibbs minnow at them. Fish close to the bottom of the lake in 30'-40' of water. The fish are 8"-10" with a toad every now and then. Bull Trout fishing is improving on the Crooked River arm. The Metolius arm is closed until March 1st.
This years spring chinook season doesn't look good for the Deschutes. Estimates for the Columbia are projected to be 30,000 fish below last year.
The Columbia can produce some large early Walleye according to Fly-By-Night outfitters. February, March and April are prime months to catch these delicious fish below the John Day Dam. JIgs or trolling nightcrawlers is the best for early "eyes.
Haystack is our well secret spot this spring. ODFW has planted some trophy sized trout. I saw a picture of one in excess of 4 lbs. So get out there and have some fun!
Walleye Seminar February 9, 2019. The seminar starts at 3:00 P.M. at the Madras Elks Lodge located at 262 SW 2nd st. in Madras. Admission is free. A pulled pork lunch will be available for purchase.