This 35-mile section of the Deschutes between the city of Bend and Lake Billy Chinook is generally regarded as the middle segment of the river. It flows through a mix of sagebrush, canyon country, grasslands, and agricultural fields. In recent years homes have sprouted along once empty reaches somewhat limiting fishing access in places.
You will find both rainbow trout and brown trout along this stretch. But because of decreased water quality due to the generally higher level of human development and agricultural compared to the upper and lower river, brown trout, which are more tolerant of degraded water conditions, are more abundant here. A typical middle Deschutes brown trout is in the 14- to 16-inch range, with 18-inchers not rare. Although not often caught, some browns here will go in excess of 10 pounds. Key Species: brown trout, rainbow trout.
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