• Spring chinook salmon season opens Wednesday, June 15, from the mouth upstream to Summit Creek. The daily bag limit is two adult chinook and five jacks (salmon under 24 inches). Anglers can have up to 10 jacks in possession, and these fish do not have to be recorded on harvest cards. A Columbia River endorsement is required. ODFW biologists expect a modest return of salmon to the Imnaha of about 814 hatchery fish and 557 wild fish (wild fish, which have an intact adipose fin, must be released unharmed). ODFW’s harvest goal is 117 hatchery adults. Biologists expect the season will remain open through at least June 19, although the season could close suddenly depending on anglers’ catch rates.
GRANDE RONDE RIVER
• Trout fishing on the Grande Ronde can be good but is highly dependent on water clarity. During high runoff visibility will be poor and angling will be difficult. As the season progresses and flows recede smallmouth bass will move into the river and provide good catch rates.
• Trout angling on the Wallowa River has been good this spring. The river has been high and success is dependent on water clarity. However when conditions are right anglers have reported very good success rates and some large fish. Angling from a boat is the best approach when wading conditions are difficult.
• Crappie fishing should be getting good as fish move into the shallows to spawn, and bass fishing has been good for both large and smallmouth. The reservoir is near full pool.