Fishing Report / ODFW
Runoff event ruins fishing
GRANDE RONDE RIVER:
Fishing was poor over the weekend as a result of last week’s runoff event.
High water looks to persist through the weekend in the Troy area. Once flows subside, fishing is expected to be good in Washington sections, as steelhead are concentrating around hatchery facilities.
IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead
Steelhead are well-distributed in the lower Imnaha, despite high water that made making fishing difficult over the weekend. Flows are expected to subside during the week, but anglers are encouraged to check river flows before travelling to the Imnaha.
Before last week’s runoff event, a few anglers were reporting great catch rates of less than five hours per fish. As flows and clarity improves, steelhead fishing is expected to be good and fish can be caught on all gear types including flies and bobber rigs.
PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout
Surplus steelhead have been put in the pond. These are treated as trout so only one over 20 inches may be kept. As of Jan. 1 a parking permit is required to be on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.
WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout
A few kokanee and trout are being caught on jigs for those willing to brave the elements.
Wallowa Lake is remains ice-free, but boaters should be aware that boat docks at the south and north end are currently out of the season.
WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead
Steelhead are now well-distributed throughout the Wallowa River between Rondowa and Enterprise. Fishing was poor this past weekend after last week’s runoff event, but flows and clarity are improving daily.
Before the Wallowa blew out, anglers reported good catch rates of six hours per fish last week in the canyon, and those few anglers willing to make the trek to Rondowa caught several fish as well.
As flows and clarity improves, steelhead fishing is expected to be good and fish can be caught on all gear types including flies and bobber rigs.
PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch
A recent report on ice fishing stated nice sized perch and a 17-inch trout were caught on jigs and worms near Deer Creek inlet. Ice near the dam is still thick. Always use caution as edges can get thin.
PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout, crappie
Closed Oct. 31 for the winter.
THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout
Trout fishing has slowed slightly but is still fairly good with 9 to 19-inch fish being common. The reservoir is ice free. The boat ramp is accessible.