Fishing Report for October 26, 2012

By Observer Upload October 26, 2012 01:23 pm

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish

Fishing is fair for trout but remember the last day for trout fishing is Oct. 31. Angling for whitefish however, remains open throughout the steelhead season below the mouth of Big Sheep Creek. Look for whitefish in deeper runs and holes, and target them using beaded nymphs. Bull trout are present this time of year and anglers are reminded to handle bull trout carefully and immediately release them.  Steelhead season also opened in the Imnaha River on Sept. 1, and some fish will pull into the Imnaha with cooler weather and increased flows. Recent reports indicate a number of steelhead have been caught in the lower river. 

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish, bass

Steelhead fishing on the Grande Ronde River is slowly picking up and is expected to continue improving. Recent rains have returned flows in the in the lower Grande Ronde to normal levels, and will encourage more steelhead to pull in from the Snake.  Creel reports are suggesting catch is balanced between hatchery and wild fish. Those steelhead currently in the Grande Ronde are taking a diverse gear including shrimp, jigs, spinners and swung flies. 

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 is Oct. 31 but angling for whitefish remains open with the steelhead season and should produce throughout the winter. 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 and mid-day mayfly hatches. Steelhead season opened Sept. 1, although few steelhead are caught during these early fall months. Anglers continue to pick up several nice trout in the lower Grande Ronde, and a few fall chinook salmon have been caught. While fall chinook can be an exciting fight, anglers are required to release them unharmed.