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.
• The river is very high and trout fishing will be difficult. Trout should be active this spring. Smallmouth bass will move into the lower river as summer progresses and can provide some great catch rates. The river opened Wednesday for spring Chinook salmon from the confluence with the Snake River to the Summit Creek bridge. Bag limits will be two hatchery adults and five jacks. Anglers may not continue to fish for jacks once their adult limit is reached. Jacks are salmon under 24 inches. Wild Chinook should be released immediately and unharmed. Check daily for closure updates with creel staff, online, or with the Enterprise ODFW office. Bull trout are available for catch and release and should not be harmed. Biologists will be monitoring the salmon run and a decision on a season will be made in June.
• 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. The Wallowa is a whitefish factory and can produce some large fish. To catch them, use beadhead nymphs a size 12-16 hook and fish for them in quick runs that are knee to waist deep.