Winter Fishing on Oregon’s Lower Deschutes River

Deschutes River Fishing Maupin Oregon

The Lower Deschutes River is often known for its fun and raucous whitewater rafting during the hot summer months. But did you know that the river in and around Maupin is open year-round for hatchery steelhead and trout fishing? Once the summer crowds have gone, those seeking the peace and tranquility of fishing our beautiful high desert return.

The Maupin area is perfect for both novice and experienced anglers. Our town is home to numerous guide services and two fly shops. Go on your own or book an excursion, and stay overnight in one of Imperial’s riverside lodge rooms. Pets are welcome for a small fee, and you have close access to prime fishing areas on the river.

Know Before You Go:

  • Get a license before you arrive in Maupin. You can now download the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife app to store your e-license on your smartphone or use the traditional paper version.
  • Be sure to look for posted signs and regulations as some specific areas of the river may be closed to fishing at various times of the year.
  • Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Temperatures and precipitation can vary widely – pack extra layers and your fishing waders.
  • Limits: 2 rainbow trout per day, 10-inch minimum and 13-inch maximum length. In the aggregate: 2 adult salmon or steelhead per day, 20 per year.
  • Angling from a floating device is not allowed.

The Deschutes River Angler, a local guide and fly shop, is a great resource for information, gear and supplies, and expert-led fishing trips. Check out their Fishing Report before your trip for the latest information on river conditions. Happy angling!

Other Resources:
Oregon Fishing License Information
Central Zone Regulations & Map
Central Zone Exceptions
Oregon Water Level Information

Imperial River Company, Maupin OR
Lodging and Rafting on the Lower Deschutes River

Upland Bird Hunting in Central Oregon – Chukar

Chukar Partridge Hunting Central Oregon

ODFW Season: Oct 6, 2018– Jan 31, 2019; Daily Bag Limit:8 (24 in Possession)

Upland game bird hunting is a popular activity in Central Oregon. One of the most common game birds is the chukar, a type of partridge that can be found on the steep, rocky slopes of the Deschutes River valley. Both the Chukar and its food source, cheat grass, were introduced to Oregon in the 1950s. Since then, the bird population has flourished in the Oregon high desert.

The birds’ preference for treacherously sloped habitats makes them among the most difficult game birds to hunt. “They have the disconcerting habit of running uphill, usually faster than a hunter can follow, and they fly downhill at hissing speed.” To increase your chances of bagging these birds, try approaching them from uphill or from a contour and go with a trained birddog.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) also suggests bringing the following:

  • Good, sturdy boots
  • Plenty of bottled water
  • Sufficient food and shells for the day
  • Binoculars

Hunters can search for chukar (and pheasants) on both private preserves and public (BLM) land. We recommend booking a hunt with Sage Canyon Outfitters to ensure the best time and increase your chances of bagging this elusive bird.

Additional hunting hints & tips:

Oregon Game Bird Seasons

2018-2019 Game Bird Shooting Hours:

Lower Deschutes Wildlife Areas Map:


Imperial River Company, Maupin OR
Lodging and Rafting on the Lower Deschutes River