Grande Ronde River

• Anglers are finally finding steelhead consistently with the most recent creel report indicating catch rates of about 10 hours/fish caught. 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 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.

Imnaha River

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.

Wallowa River

• Mountain whitefish are very abundant in the Wallowa and are readily caught on small bead-head nymphs.

• The best steelhead fishing is in late winter and early spring. 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.

Wallowa Lake

As the fall and winter 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

Source: ODFW

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