- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The DALLES, Ore. (AP) - Anglers can resume fishing the lower Deschutes River - one of Oregon’s most popular summer steelhead destinations - in the afternoons now that water temperatures are returning to normal.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has lifted restrictions that went into effect last month from Macks Canyon to the mouth of the Deschutes.

Last month, the department shut off fishing altogether for some rivers and after 2 p.m. in others due to water conditions that were lethal for salmon, steelhead and trout.

Fish biologist Rod French says temperatures are returning to normal for August in the lower Deschutes. He says with river levels dropping, cold springs keep the river colder, as do longer and cooler nights and the changing angle of the sun casting more shadows.

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