Fishing Report / ODFW
Steelhead fishing remains good on N.E. Oregon rivers
Weekend fishing opportunities
Steelhead anglers should keep an eye on water conditions. As they improve, so will fishing on the Northeast Oregon rivers.
Ice thickness on lakes and reservoirs is variable. Winter anglers should always use extreme caution before venturing out onto ice.
GRANDE RONDE RIVER: steelhead
Flows and water clarity have greatly improved for steelhead fishing, but cold water temperatures (38°F as of Monday) persist. Steelhead are still being caught in slower holding water using a variety of methods including bait, jigs, and nymphs. More wild fish are being encountered, and anglers are reminded to quickly and carefully release unmarked steelhead.
Warmer temperatures and precipitation are forecasted, and we expect catch rates to improve this week.
IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead
Anglers are competing with low flows and cold water temperatures (35°F on Sunday), but steelhead are being caught in the lower reaches.
Warmer temperatures and precipitation in the forecast should increase flow in the Imnaha River and improve catch rates.
WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout
The north end of Wallowa Lake has iced over, and the south end remains open although moving ice sheets may block access at the south end boat ramp. The ice cover is not thick enough to be safe for ice fishing. A few kokanee are being caught for those willing to brave the elements.
WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead
Steelhead fishing remains good in the Wallowa River as fish are beginning to move upstream. Anglers averaged 5.4 hours per fish in last week’s surveys. We expect good steelhead angling to continue as long as river and weather conditions are favorable.
BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout
Some trout can usually be caught at stream mouths this time of year. Connor Creek is usually good for trout. Perch may start biting in a few weeks when spawning starts. Call the Idaho Power Co. recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites.
OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Some trout have been picked up from the bank, between the dam and the bridge.
HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Trout may be picked up at stream mouths this time of year.
SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, steelhead
Steelhead fishing is fair to good.
Trout fishing has been fair.