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Deschutes River - Biggs - Oregon

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges All Day 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
February Midges, Blue Winged Olive All Day 18-20 Zebra Midge, BWO Dry Fly
March Blue Winged Olive Morning 18-20 BWO Emerger, WD40
April Blue Winged Olive, Caddis Morning/Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
May Caddis, Stoneflies Morning/Evening 6-10, 14-18 Yellow Sally, Elk Hair Caddis
June Salmonfly, Golden Stoneflies All Day 4-6 Chubby Chernobyl, Henry's Fork Stone
July Caddis, Pale Morning Dun Morning/Evening 14-18 X-Caddis, PMD Emerger
August Midges, Caddis, Terrestrials All Day 10-16 Hoppers, Ants, Zebra Midge
September Blue Winged Olive, Terrestrials All Day 16-20 BWO Emerger, Hoppers
October Blue Winged Olive, October Caddis All Day 10-14 BWO Emerger, Stimulator
November Midges, Blue Winged Olive All Day 18-20 Zebra Midge, BWO Dry Fly
December Midges All Day 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Deschutes River – Biggs is a renowned fly fishing destination with several top hotspots:

  • Maupin: This stretch offers excellent trophy trout and Steelhead fishing. The city park is a great access point.
  • Warm Springs: The section between Warm Springs and Trout Creek is famous for its large native trout.
  • Macks Canyon: The section between Macks Canyon and Heritage Landing is ideal for steelhead fishing, particularly in the summer and fall.
  • Pelton Dam: This area is perfect for angling enthusiast looking for year-round fishing opportunities.
  • Sherars Falls: This spot is a favorite for fly fishers targeting steelhead and Chinook salmon in summer and early fall.

Remember, fishing licenses are required and catch restrictions may apply. Regulations should be checked to ensure a fair practice.

Best Access Points

The Deschutes River – Biggs is a paradise for fly fish lovers. Access points include:

  • The Mouth of the River is an excellent spot near Biggs Junction, especially during the summer months.
  • Shears Falls offers both gravel and dirt access, a prime spot for summer steelhead. This location is usually less crowded.
  • Macks Canyon, while a bit more difficult to reach, offers beautiful, secluded spots. Both dirt and rocky river access, perfect for both beginner and experienced fishermen.
  • Deschutes River State Recreation Area is popular for its easy access and plentiful fish stocks.

Please note that some access points may require parking or access fees, and it is essential to respect all posted private property signs along the Deschutes River.

Local Fish

  • Steelhead Trout: Known for their challenging fight and acrobatic jumps, the Deschutes River is highly regarded for its summer-run steelhead fishery.
  • Rainbow Trout: Rainbow trout are sought after for their fighting spirit and beautiful colors. These are a favorite among fly fishermen in this river.
  • Brown Trout: The elusive brown trout is a popular catch on the Deschutes River. Their size and fight make them an exciting challenge.
  • Chinook Salmon: These large fish migrate up the Deschutes in spring, providing a fantastic opportunity for fly fishers.
  • Mountain Whitefish: Although not as showy as some of the other species, these fish are abundant in the river and provide a fun fishing experience.
  • Bull Trout: These predatory trout are a rare and exciting catch. The Deschutes River hosts a healthy population of them.
  • Brook Trout: While not as common as other species, the brook trout in the Deschutes River can be a fun and rewarding catch for fly fishermen.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Native to the Pacific Northwest, these fish are prevalent in the Deschutes River, offering great sport for fly fishermen.

About The River

The Deschutes River – Biggs is a truly remarkable bounty of nature. Forming a part of the larger Columbia River, it’s steeped in history and biodiversity. Deemed sacred by the Native American tribes, namely, the Sahaptin, this river was a seasonal rendezvous point for fishing, trading, and settling disputes.

While the river’s journey starts in the alpine lakes of Deschutes County in central Oregon, it meanders a path of 252 miles before confluencing into the Columbia River at Lake Celilo. Interesting facts about the Deschutes River include:

  • The Deschutes is a lifeline to an array of fish species, making it a hot spot for fishing enthusiasts.
  • Host to a number of exhilarating rapids, it entices whitewater thrill-seekers.
  • The river was instrumental in the transportation of wheat from the farms of central Oregon to the mills downriver.

Embarking on a tour down the Deschutes River – Biggs is like taking a journey back in time simmering with rich indigenous culture and fascinating ecological variety.


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