Fishing Report / ODFW

By Observer Upload March 02, 2012 12:53 pm

Steelhead fishing remains good on N.E. Oregon rivers

Weekend fishing opportunities

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

Ice thickness on lakes and reservoirs is variable. Winter anglers should always use extreme caution before venturing out onto ice.


Flows and water clarity have greatly improved for steelhead fishing, but cold water temperatures (38°F as of Monday) persist. Steelhead are still being caught in slower holding water using a variety of methods including bait, jigs, and nymphs.  More wild fish are being encountered, and anglers are reminded to quickly and carefully release unmarked steelhead.

Warmer temperatures and precipitation are forecasted, and we expect catch rates to improve this week.

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead

Anglers are competing with low flows and cold water temperatures (35°F on Sunday), but steelhead are being caught in the lower reaches.

Warmer temperatures and precipitation in the forecast should increase flow in the Imnaha River and improve catch rates.

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

The north end of Wallowa Lake has iced over, and the south end remains open although moving ice sheets may block access at the south end boat ramp. The ice cover is not thick enough to be safe for ice fishing. A few kokanee are being caught for those willing to brave the elements. 

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead fishing remains good in the Wallowa River as fish are beginning to move upstream. Anglers averaged 5.4 hours per fish in last week’s surveys. We expect good steelhead angling to continue as long as river and weather conditions are favorable.

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

Some trout can usually be caught at stream mouths this time of year. Connor Creek is usually good for trout. Perch may start biting in a few weeks when spawning starts. 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

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.