Fishing Report / ODFW

By Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife March 09, 2012 12:35 pm

Steelhead fishing improving

GRANDE RONDE RIVER:  steelhead

Most steelhead action this week is being reported in Washington where steelhead are concentrating around hatchery facilities. Oregon waters received much less fishing pressure, and those anglers are reporting a few fish caught. Flows remain high after last week’s runoff, making bank-angling challenging. As more wild fish are encountered, anglers are reminded to quickly and carefully release unmarked steelhead.

IMNAHA RIVER:  steelhead

Fish are gradually moving into the lower Imnaha, and anglers are reporting increased success.  Creel surveys last week estimated anglers caught a steelhead for every 7.5 hours of fishing. Flows remain lower than average, and anglers should adjust their gear accordingly. We expect fishing to improve, especially with a bump in flow from warmer weather.

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.

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Wallowa Lake is ice-free after some recent warm weather. Boaters should be aware that boat docks at the south and north end are currently out of the season.  A few kokanee and trout 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 4.8 hours per fish in the Rondowa area, and 6 hours per fish in the Wallowa River during last week’s surveys. Expect good steelhead angling to continue as long as river and weather conditions are favorable.