Fishing Report / ODFW

March 09, 2012 12:35 pm

Steelhead fishing improving


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.