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Fishing Report for November 15, 2013

Fishing Report for November 15, 2013

Weekend fishing opportunities

Good numbers of wild steelhead are being caught and released in the lower reaches of the John Day River.

Steelhead fishing is picking up on the Imnaha River below Cow Creek.

Fishing has been outstanding in the lower Umatilla River, with chinook, coho and steelhead all participating.

Brook trout in Trout Creek Pond and Magone Lake are staging to spawn, and are biting aggressively.

ALDRICH PONDS: rainbow trout

These ponds are now closed until May 24, 2014.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Reservoir was recently stocked with trophy sized trout. The lake is still open for ice fishing if you can get there. Cold weather and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.


Steelhead fishing has been fair this fall but a pulse of water would really help move some fish up from the Snake River and improve angling. Currently the majority of fish caught are of wild origin though some hatchery fish are being harvested. Steelhead are taking diverse gear including shrimp, jigs, spinners and swung flies. Nymphing small flies such as glo-bugs and prince nymphs under an indicator can also be a deadly method. Abundant road access is available near Troy though anglers still need to be aware of private property and respect landowner’s requests. Some parties have made the float from Minam to Wildcat Cr. however this float can be difficult under low flow conditions. Look for the gage at Troy to be above 900 cfs for and easier float.

Fall chinook and bull trout are present in the system and anglers are required to release them unharmed.

Trout fishing on the Grande Ronde closed Oct. 31.


Fishing is fair for stocked, large rainbow trout.


The pond was stocked in May with legal-sized rainbow trout. Hunter Pond is located about 3 miles south of Hwy 244 off of USFS Rd 5160. The pond is located on the 710 spur just west of 5160.

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead

Anglers have started finding steelhead in the lower river below Cow Creek at fairly high catch rates. Fish are also being found between Cow and Horse creeks. Fishing in the lower river below Cow Creek is best in the fall until fish start moving toward the hatchery in spring. Early in the season anglers can also find success on spinners and other lures. Fly anglers will be able to find success swinging flies and nymphing and can even find a few fish on the surface by skating dry-flies. Spawning fall chinook may push steelhead out of their usual holding water. Look for steelhead in pocket water and slots you wouldn’t normally fish but still look slow enough to hold fish.

Fall chinook are spawning in the river and will be present in large numbers. There is no open fishery for chinook and anglers should release fish immediately unharmed or simply break the fish off if gear is to light to land the fish quickly. Fall chinook will be highly visible during spawning and anglers are encouraged to leave these fish be and let them produce the next generation.

JOHN DAY RIVER: wild steelhead, smallmouth bass

River flow level is now at 350 cfs allowing boaters access to the lower river. Steelhead have arrived and fishing is good up to the recently opened Cottonwood State Park. Most of the steelhead are wild and must be released without removal from the water. Fish are being caught on flys, jigs, lures and bait. All anglers are encouraged to keep up to three hatchery fish per day in this river.

Bass fishing is fair but cold water temperatures will limit the number of bass caught for the remainder of the year. Most bass are 8 to 10-inches with a few up to 15-inches.

 Resident rainbow trout fishing closed on Oct. 31 on all streams within the entire John Day river basin.


Fishing is good for rainbow trout at Cavender Pond. Long Creek Pond is good fishing for 10–12 inch trout.


The pond was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in late April. Anglers are reminded this is a handicap accessible site in a beautiful forest setting.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is good. The lake will remain open for ice fishing if you can get there. Cold weather and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.


Closed to fishing Oct. 31.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow, kokanee

Kokanee fishing is now over for the year as all the larger fish have spawned and died. The lake is still open for ice fishing if you can get there. Cold weather and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond received a fall stocking of both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout the week of Sept. 23.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond received a fall stocking of both legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout the week of Sept. 23.


The water level is very low. Rainbow stocked last spring did not survive through the summer. The reservoir will not be stocked again until next May.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

This is a new stocking site in 2013 and was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in late May. The pond is located in a gravel pit just off USFS Rd. 7740, approximately 1/2 mile south of the Jct. with USFS Rd. 7700.

TROUT FARM POND: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is good. Brook trout are biting aggressively as they prepare to spawn. The lake is still open for ice fishing if you can get there. Cold weather and snow will limit access for the remainder of the winter.


Fishing for rainbow trout should is good.


Hunters are encouraged to include a fishing rod with the hunting gear and take advantage of the fishing opportunities in the many stocked forest ponds. All of the Umatilla forest ponds have been stocked and are providing good fishing with the cooler fall water temperatures. 

  UMATILLA RIVER: fall chinook, coho, steelhead

Fishing for salmon was good this past week with anglers averaging 2.8 hours per salmon landed. Steelhead fishing also was also good with anglers averaging 2.7 hours per steelhead landed. The catch has been a good mix of fall chinook, coho and summer steelhead. Anglers are using a variety of techniques drift fishing with eggs or under a bobber, jigs and shrimp or casting spinners all seem to be working. The daily bag limit is three adult salmon or steelhead of which only one may be an adult chinook. Anglers should consult the synopsis for detailed regulations.

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

There may be some stocked rainbows available near the north and south ends of the lake. These fish can be found on a variety of gear types, and provide some late-season opportunity.

For the hearty fisherman, kokanee can be caught at the south end of the lake by jigging DEEP and can produce if the lake freezes. Remember, a temporary rule is in place until Nov. 19 that allows harvest of 20 kokanee per day, no more than 5 over 12-inches. Boat launching however may prove difficult after docks have been removed from the lake

Lake trout will be getting into spawning mode soon and may be targeted along any shallow shoals where lake trout will congregate to spawn. Anglers will have to be persistent and remember one fish for three days of fishing is considered successful at Wallowa Lake.

The Wallowa River above the lake closed up to the falls on the west fork and the PPL intake on the east fork as of Aug. 31 to protect spawning kokanee.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, whitefish

Steelhead will move into the Wallowa River as winter progresses and catch rates will improve through spring. Anglers have found a few early fish above and below Minam and fishing should begin to improve through the first of the year.

Trout season closed Oct. 31; however, fishing for whitefish remains open with the steelhead season and will produce throughout the winter. Anglers can target whitefish using a variety of light tackle, and fly anglers can find success using beaded nymphs in runs and pools.


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