Visitors come from all over the world to fish for Deschutes Redside trout, summer steelhead and Chinook Salmon in our beautiful desert canyon. Trout fishing season is open year-round, with peak season beginning in April and running through June.
Steelhead may arrive as early as mid-July, with the highest fish counts occurring in August and September and the season extending into the fall. Swinging flies with a two-handed rod is extremely effective for catching a steelhead. The steelhead run includes both wild and hatchery fish, all wild steelhead must be released. We encourage KeepEmWet Fishing principles to sustain the wild fish runs for future generations.
Chinook salmon in the Deschutes River are grouped into two runs, Spring Chinook fishing is at its prime May through July and fall Chinook enter the Deschutes during September through October. These fish have historically been an important food source for Native Americans, including members of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs. Visitors to Sherars Falls, can view fishing platforms built by tribal members who are carrying on a tradition practiced for hundreds of years.
Whether you try it alone or go with one of Maupin’s knowledgeable local guides, you can be assured of enjoying some of the best fishing and spectacular scenery anywhere.
Fast Facts/Helpful Links:
- Valid Oregon fishing license, steelhead tag, and Columbia Basin endorsement are required
- Deschutes boater pass is required for all boats; boat pass fee information
- Invasive Species Permit Information