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Brain Food: Rainbow trout is a great source of Omega-3s. Thief Valley fishing has been picking up lately. Bank fishermen are having good luck with dough baits and garlic-flavored marshmallows. A pinch of nightcrawler can help at times. Fish are very plump and run from 12 to 22 inches. JIM WARD photo
Anglers pursue rainbows
Weekend fishing opportunities
Several area lakes and ponds have been stocked this spring. Combine that with holdover trout from last season and this can be an excellent time to go trout fishing.
NOTICE OF EMERGENCY CLOSURE — UMATILLA
Effective at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, May 24, the Umatilla River spring chinook season will be closed from the Highway 730 bridge upstream to the reservation boundary located upstream of the Highway 11 bridge at Pendleton. The last day of fishing was Wednesday.
CATHERINE CREEK: chinook salmon, trout
Catherine Creek opens to angling for spring chinook salmon Saturday until further notice. The open area is from the Miller Lane Bridge to the Highway 203 Bridge upstream of Catherine Creek State Park, effective The bag limit is two (2) adipose fin-clipped adult chinook and five (5) adipose fin-clipped jacks per day; two daily limits in possession. It is illegal to continue fishing for jack chinook once the adult bag limit is met. All other general, statewide and Northeast zone regulations remain in effect. Trout season also opens Saturday.
GRANDE RONDE RIVER: steelhead
The steelhead season closed April 15. The Grande Ronde River will reopen for fishing on May 26.
IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead
The steelhead season closed April 15. The Imnaha River will reopen for fishing Saturday.
JOHN DAY RIVER: Salmon, smallmouth bass and channel catfish
ODFW is opening a season for spring Chinook above Kimberly from May 23 to June 3. The bag limit will be two adult Chinook salmon and five jack salmon per day. The open area will be from 200 yards above the mouth of the North Fork John Day upstream 19.5 miles to Rattlesnake Creek at the south end of Picture Gorge. Any steelhead or bull trout caught during this fishery must be released. All anglers are encouraged to stop by ODFW’s check station before leaving the fishery area.
Below Kimberly, smallmouth bass and channel catfish angling is heating up and will be improving throughout the month.
Trout fishing will also be opening on the John Day this weekend.
MORGAN LAKE: trout, bullheads, bass
Brown bullhead were the catch of the day at the recent opening day fishing derby.
OLIVE LAKE: rainbow and kokanee
Will be stocked with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 500 trophies this week.
PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout
Legal and trophy-sized trout were stocked the week of May 7. A parking permit is required to be on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.
WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout
Kokanee fishing is improving, and angler effort has been spread throughout the lake. Some nice lake trout are also being caught in the depths. The lake was also stocked with legal-sized rainbows last week, and trout are available on both the south and north ends of the lake.
WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead
The steelhead season closed April 15. The Wallowa River will reopen for fishing on May 26.
SNAKE RIVER ZONE
BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout
Current water level is at 2,039 feet and rising. Water has reached the bottom of the paved surface at Hewitt Park and boats are being launched. Boats are being launched at Swede’s Landing and Woodhead Park on the Idaho side. Crappie are biting in the Brownlee Arm and are quite large, averaging 12 inches.
Fishing is also good for early spawning smallmouth bass that tend to be larger. 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 Co. recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites.
OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Fishing has been good for early spawning smallmouth.
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
Creel surveys documented the first Chinook caught below Hells Canyon dam this past weekend. Anglers should still expect few fish present in the reach. Anglers are also reminded that new for 2012, only adipose-clipped trout may be kept in the Snake River.
SNAKE RIVER (Above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass
Angling for catfish and smallmouth bass remains slow. Flows at the Nyssa gauge averaged 10,286 cubic feet per second and flows at the Weiser gauge averaged 22,062 cfs (May 21. Water temperature of the Snake River near Weiser was 58˚F (May 21).
NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, bluegill
Was stocked with rainbow trout in mid-April.
THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout
Trout fishing has picked up trout 12 to 20-inches being common. Some recent sampling showed some 11 to 13-inch yellow perch in the reservoir as well.
WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout
Water level is at 100 percent full. Angling is good for 10-14 inch rainbows.
PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout, crappie
Water level is at 100 percent full. Gillnet samples indicate rainbows up to 16-inches are available.