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Chillin' at Chickahominy

Chillin' at Chickahominy

If you think you're a dedicated fisherman, geared up to go anywhere at anytime to land the big one, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I really want to sit on some ice and catch the biggest rainbow trout I've ever seen?

Unless you grew up near the Great Lakes, the combination of ice and fish probably reminds you of something wrapped up in your freezer. But, out on the lakes and reservoirs of Eastern and Central Oregon, a whole lot of people are shivering at the end of a line and enjoying every minute of it.

Chickahominy Reservoir, located on Highway 20 between Bend and Burns, has a reputation for some of the fastest-growing trout ever seen. Of course, if you don't mind the competition, you could wait till spring. Just remember, if you can stand the cold there are a lot of hungry fish hanging out just a few inches under the ice.

Always watch for thin ice and be especially cautious if temperatures suddenly rise.

For weekly fishing reports, ice updates and more information, check online with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at www.dfw.state.or.us/RR/cen.html; or the Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests, www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/fishing/lake-reservoir/chickahominy.shtml.

Chillin' at Chickahominy