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SECOND ELK SEASON OPENS SATURDAY
• The second Rocky Mountain elk rifle season opens Saturday and continues through Nov. 13 in most Northeastern Oregon hunting units.
ELK HUNTING REPORTS
• Warm conditions, with some rainfall, produced average results for hunters in Union County during the first season, Oct. 26-30. Elk were scattered and hunter success was good in some areas, poor in others. Overall success was about average and above last year. Harvested elk were in excellent condition.
First bull elk season was a productive one for hunters in most Wallowa County units with good success. Elk numbers are generally above management objectives with a good number of nice bulls taken.
In Baker County, hunter effort was moderate to high. Most camps were empty as hunters were out looking for elk.
Ladd Marsh Waterfowl hunting
• With the recent storms and available irrigation water, two or three additional wetlands have huntable water as well as the original four wetlands that have water left in them from the summer. Water is still very limited. There are ducks using the area, but with limited water, pressure will push waterfowl off the area quickly. Waterfowl does key in on the grain food plots around the wildlife area. These areas can be productive.
Grande Ronde river
• Steelhead season is in full swing on the Grande Ronde however fishing has been relatively slow. Look for more fish to show up as the season progresses. Similar to other Columbia Basin runs, the Grande Ronde stock is tracking below expectations this year.
• Trout fishing should continue to be good through the fall in the Wallowa River. The October caddis hatch is still producing some bugs that the fish should be willing to eat. Also try small mayfly patterns. Mountain whitefish are also very abundant in the Wallowa and are readily caught on small bead-head nymphs. Steelhead season opened Sept. 1. A few steelhead are available in the fall however the best fishing is in late winter and early spring.