Fishing Report for October 5, 2012

By Observer Upload October 05, 2012 01:12 pm

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish, bass

The Grande Ronde River remains at base flows, and is likely holding more steelhead from moving in from the Snake River. Despite that, a few anglers are picking up a few steelhead in the Troy area. With warmer water temperatures, the few steelhead in the river will be active. Now is the time to skate dry flies and fish spinners.  Although no rain is forecasted, flows are expected to increase as irrigators gradually shut down this month. Cooler weather is bringing the trout bite back, and anglers are catching several nice trout in the lower Grande Ronde. Warm days and low flows continue to produce a good smallmouth bass bite as well. Bass can be caught on light spinners and jigs tipped with rubber grub tails. Fly fisherman can have banner days targeting bass on woolly buggers, other small streamers, and surface poppers. 

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish

Fishing is fair for trout, and good for mountain whitefish. Look for whitefish in deeper runs and holes, and target them using beaded nymphs. Bull trout are also present this time of year, and anglers are reminded to ha

JUBILEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing is good for rainbow trout. The lake has been stocked with legal and trophy-sized fish.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout and kokanee

Was stocked with 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout and 500 trophies.  Olive Lake is a good place to fish during the hot part of the summer. Kokanee salmon are also available in the deeper parts of the lake.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with legal rainbow trout the week of September 20, providing a fall fishing opportunity. As of Jan. 1, 2012, a parking permit is required to be on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. 

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Kokanee are still spawning in the river delta and near campgrounds, and provide a unique and amazing viewing opportunity. Please don’t disturb spawning fish, and keep dogs on a leash. Anglers are also reminded the Wallowa River above the lake closed to fishing Aug. 31. Stocked rainbows near the north and south ends of the lake can be found on a variety of gear types, and provide a great day of fishing for the entire family.

 WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, trout

October is a great month to fish the Wallowa River for trout and whitefish. Flows still remain low, but fishing for trout and whitefish remains good especially in the morning or evening hours. Anglers can target trout and 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 hatches. Steelhead season opened Sept. 1, although few steelhead are caught during these early fall months.

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

Current water level is at 2,049 feet.The only ramps that are still useable are Hewitt Park and Woodhead. Fishing for smallmouth bass and catfish is good, but slow for crappie. Channel cats are being picked up at the mouth of the Powder River Arm in 2-4 feet of water. Perch and bluegill are also being caught in coves down from Hewitt Park. Call the Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites or visit their website

OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing remains good for for smallmouth bass and channel catfish, but slow for crappie.  

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing remains good for for smallmouth bass and channel catfish, but slow for crappie.

The Idaho Power Company has announced temporary road closures across Hells Canyon Dam in October and November.

 SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, salmon, sturgeon

Fall chinook are being caught near the Oregon/Washington border near Cache Creek, but few fish have been caught near Hells Canyon dam. Steelhead season is currently open, and angler are waiting for more fish to migrate upstream below the dam.  Fishing also remains good for smallmouth bass.  Anglers are also reminded that new for 2012, only adipose-clipped trout may be kep in the Snake River.

Idaho Power will be restricting access to the Oregon side of Hells Canyon dam starting on Oct. 8 to conduct maintence on the dam. Anglers should be aware of the closure schedule below:

Oct 8-17th = dam closed from 8:00 am to noon, open from noon to 1:00, and closed again from 1:00 until sunset.

Oct 18th-Nov 9th = no access restrictions

Nov 10th-Dec 12th = same schedule as above for Oct 8-17th, except for Thanksgiving and the Friday following.

SNAKE RIVER (Above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass

Fishing for catfish is fair to good. Angling for smallmouth is fair due to weed growth in the river. Flows at the Nyssa gauge averaged 9,052 cfs and flows at the Weiser gauge averaged 11,348 cfs (Sept. 30).  Water temperature of the Snake River near Weiser continues to cool; it was 64˚F on Sept. 30.  Boaters should continue to use caution on the Snake River—debris remains in the river.

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 water is deeper or try trolling spinners from a boat.

EAGLE CREEK: hatchery rainbow trout, brook trout

Eagle Creek has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout. Fishing is fair.

FISH LAKE (Wallowa Mountains): rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake has been stocked with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fishing is good.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout, bluegill

The pond was stocked with legal rainbow trout the week of Sept. 20, providing a fall fishing opportunity.


The reservoir has been completely drained.

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.