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Fishing Report for November 2, 2012

Fishing Report for November 2, 2012

NORTHEAST ZONE

Weekend fishing opportunities

Fishing for summer Steelhead is improving on the John Day River.

Much-needed precipitation will improve steelhead fishing on the Grande Ronde River later this week.

Peach (Ladd Marsh) and Roulet Ponds have been stocked with rainbows for a fall fishing opportunity.

Rain and cooler temperatures have increased steelhead and salmon numbers moving up the Umatilla River.

Approximately 150 trophy-sized rainbow trout have been stocked into Luger Springs Pond for fall fishing.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish, bass

Creel reports from last week indicated improving catch rates around 10 hours per fish. 

As of Oct. 29 the river level has jumped which will make fishing difficult for the next few days. However, increased flows will however encourage steelhead to pull in from the Snake and fishing will improve when flows begin to stabilize. 

Last week’s creel reports suggest angler catch is two hatchery for every wild fish. 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. Fall chinook and bull trout are present in the system and anglers are required to release them unharmed.

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish

Steelhead fishing on the lower Imnaha has been good with anglers catching fish with flies, bait and lures. As of Oct. 29 flows have increased which will encourage fish to move up from the Snake. Fall chinook are spawning throughout the lower Imnaha.  There is currently no fishery for chinook in the Imnaha, and although for the next few days; however, increased flows will encourage steelhead to pull in from the Snake and fishing will improve when flows begin to stabilize. Last week’s creel reports suggest angler catch is two hatchery for every wild fish. 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. Fall chinook and bull trout are present in the system and anglers are required to release them unharmed.

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish

Steelhead fishing on the lower Imnaha has been good with anglers catching fish with flies, bait and lures. As of Oct. 29 flows have increased, which will encourage fish to move up from the Snake. Fall chinook are spawning throughout the lower Imnaha.  There is currently no fishery for chinook in the Imnaha, and although they can be visible anglers should avoid these fish to ensure their successful spawn. The last day for trout fishing was Oct. 31. 

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Kokanee are mostly done spawning for this year in the Wallowa River, and the Wallowa River above the lake closed to fishing Aug. 31. 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.

 WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, trout

October is a great month to fish the Wallowa River for trout and whitefish. Remember, the last day for trout fishing was Oct. 31 but angling 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 a variety of nymphs and dry flies. Whitefish can be consistently caught with beaded nymphs in runs and pools. Anglers should also be on the lookout for early caddis and mid-day mayfly hatches. Steelhead season remains open, although few steelhead are caught during these early fall months.

SNAKE RIVER ZONE

BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout

Water level is at 2,055 feet and rising. Most ramps are useable except for Holcomb Park. Fishing for smallmouth bass has slowed. Channel cats are being picked up at the mouth of the Powder River Arm in shallow water. Perch are spotty but can be caught on worms or cutbait on the bottom in 20 feet of water. Crappie fishing is still poor.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Trout should be accessible, especially at creek mouths. Approximately 250 surplus steelhead have been stocked in Hells Canyon reservoir. These fish are considered trout and only one longer than 20 inches may be taken per day, with two daily limits in possession.

SOUTHEAST ZONE

ANTHONY LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing is good. From the bank try PowerBait along shoreline where the water is deeper or try trolling spinners from a boat.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

The water level is at 38 percent full. Fishing for 8 to 14-inch rainbows is fair.

THIEF VALLEY: trout

The reservoir is slowly filling but the boat ramp is not in the water yet. 

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

The concrete ramp is out of the water, so only very small rafts and float tubes are launchable. No recent fishing report but trout fishing should be good.

 
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