Fishing Report for May 4, 2012 / ODFW
Wallowa Lake anglers pick up nice lake trout
Weekend fishing opportunities
Kokanee fishing on Wallowa Lake continues to be variable, while anglers are starting to pick up some holdover rainbow trout and some nice lake trout.
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 on May 26.
MORGAN LAKE: trout, bullheads, bass
Open for fishing on April 28. Trout fishing should be good.
OLIVE LAKE: rainbow
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. Legal trout also will be stocked the week of April 16. A parking permit is required to be on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. A youth angling event will occur on May 12.
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. Legal trout also were stocked the week of April 16.
WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout
Anglers are reporting variable catch rates as kokanee have appeared to disperse from the south end of the lake. Some anglers are also finding holdover trout, and a few nice lake trout are being reported. Surface temperatures were in the upper 40’s as of last weekend. The north-end boat dock is now installed, but there is no dock on the south end at the state park.
Special note: Bill Knox, recognized Wallowa Lake biologist, passed away this past week. Bill pioneered the modern research program on Wallowa Lake, and was instrumental in identifying the unique quality of the lake’s kokanee population and food web. Every angler that has fished Wallowa Lake since the 1980s has benefitted from his commitment and efforts to this very special fishery.
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
Water levels are low. Boats are being launched at Swede’s Landing. 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 Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites or visit their website http://www.idahopower.com/OurEnvironment/WaterInformation/Reservoir/
OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
No recent report.
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 season closed April 30. The Snake River upstream of Dug Bar to Hells Canyon Dam is currently open for spring chinook, but very few fish have crossed Lower Granite Dam. 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
Fishing for catfish and smallmouth bass is slow. Flows at the Nyssa gauge averaged 17,000 cfs and flows at the Weiser gauge averaged 33,100 cfs (May 1). Water temperature of the Snake River near Weiser was 48˚F (May 1). Boaters should continue to use caution the Snake River is high and turbid. Old debris remains in the river channel and new debris may enter the river from tributaries.
Weekend fishing opportunities:
Recent sampling on Phillips and Pilcher reservoirs indicated nice-sized trout (14 to 16-inches) are available.
This time of year, the Powder River below Thief Valley Reservoir can be a good place to target trout up to 20-inches long.
PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch
Sampling on Phillips Reservoir shows nice sized trout (12-14 inches). Legal-sized trout were stocked early to mid-April. Yellow perch have spawned and moved back into deeper water.
PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout, crappie
Open for fishing April 28. Gillnet samples indicate rainbows up to 16-inches are
POWDER RIVER: trout, spring chinook
Opened for general trout fishing on April 28. The river below Thief Valley Reservoir is a good location to catch large rainbow trout up to 20 inches this time of year. The 1,000 feet of river immediately downstream of the dam is open to public access. Do not trespass on private property without permission.
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
Should be good for rainbow trout.