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Fishing Report ODFW

Grande Ronde flows remain challenging


Weekend fishing opportunities

Steelhead anglers should keep an eye on water conditions. As they improve, so will fishing on the Northeast Oregon rivers.


Most of the hatchery steelhead have moved out of the Lower Grande Ronde and into the Wallowa River near hatchery facilities. High water also persists in both the Oregon and Washington sections.

Fish are still being caught in the vicinity of Washington hatchery facilities, but steelhead are scarce in the Oregon sections. Expect Grande Ronde flows will remain challenging for anglers this week.

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead are in the Imnaha River, but high flows continue to make fishing difficult. Very few fish were caught during creel surveys last week. High water may persist through the week, but anglers should be ready should flows and clarity improves.

With steelhead returning to hatchery facilities, anglers should try and wet a line in Big Sheep Creek. Big Sheep Creek is open for steelhead fishing from the mouth to Little Sheep Creek. The upper two miles are open to the public thanks to the Nature Conservancy. Flows may recover in Big Sheep faster than the Imnaha, and may provide some great opportunities this week.

MORGAN LAKE: trout, bullheads, bass

Closed Oct. 31 for the winter.  

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow and kokanee

Access to Olive Lake remains blocked by snow.

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. A parking permit is
required to be on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife 

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

Surplus steelhead have been put in the pond. These are treated as trout so only one over 20 inches may be kept.  

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Kokanee anglers are starting to have more success in this early part of the season. Most fishing effort is still concentrated on the south end of the lake, where some anglers are catching daily limits of kokanee, and some holdover trout. Some kokanee have been in the 12-inch to 16-inch range. Boaters should be aware that boat docks at the south and north ends of the lake are currently out of the season. With a strong wind launching and landing boats may hazardous, please be aware of weather conditions before planning a trip.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead are well-distributed in the Wallowa River between Minam State Park and Enterprise. Steelhead are moving into hatchery facilities at Big Canyon and Wallowa Hatchery. High flows challenged anglers last week, but recent surveys reported catch rates of 11 hours a fish. A forecast of cooler weather should help to improve river conditions, and if flow and clarity improves fishing is expected to be good.



crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout

Crappie fishing was very good at Holcomb Park in the Brownlee Arm this weekend. Bank and boat fishing was good with fish being about 2-5 feet deep. Some perch were being caught as well. Trout can usually be caught at stream mouths this time of year. Connor Creek is usually good for trout. Call the Idaho Power Company’s 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.


Steelhead fishing is fair to good. Trout fishing has been fair.




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. 

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

Ice fishing has been good. Use caution as conditions will be changing with the warmer weather.


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