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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.
• On the upside, a large majority of the returning fish are two-salt meaning larger average size. Harvest is limited to three hatchery steelhead per day and must be recorded on the combined Angling Tag. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is also required.
• Anglers are finding steelhead in the lower sections and some PIT-tagged fish have been detected in the river. Similar to other Columbia basin runs, the Grande Ronde stock is tracking below expectations this year.
• On the upside, a large majority of the returning fish are two-salt, meaning they are larger average size. Harvest is limited to three hatchery steelhead per day and must be recorded on the Combined Angling Tag. A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is also required.
• 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 patters. Mountain whitefish are also very abundant in the Wallowa and are readily caught on small bead-head nymphs.
• Wallowa Lake fished well for trout this summer. As the fall progresses, the remaining stocked fish will begin switching to more natural food. Try natural baits and natural imitations to attract these fish. Bait should be either hung under a float or set just off bottom.
• Kokanee anglers have been reporting catching daily limits of 25 fish.