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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

NORTHEAST ZONE FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

Fishing for holdover trout has been pretty good in Holliday Park, Cavender, Long Creek and Peach ponds.

Spring has arrived in the Hermiston area, McNary, Hatrock and Tatone ponds received the first trout stockings of the season last week, and should provide a good early season angling opportunity

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These waterbodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

Check out the new trout stocking map

Find the location and details about the many lakes ponds and streams that receive hatchery trout from ODFW’s fish hatcheries on the new Google-based fishing map.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout

Access remains blocked by snow. Ice fishing only for both rainbow and eastern brook trout.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish, bass

A large increase in flows on the Grande Ronde over the weekend will make steelhead angling difficult. These conditions will likely continue as runoff increases throughout the spring. Steelhead will make their final push into the Wallowa River and move toward the hatchery facilities through March to the close of the season on April 15.

Check river flows

HATROCK PONDS: trout

The ponds have been stocked and the fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: trout

Very few trout carried over and pond will not be stocked until mid-April.

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish

Imnaha river flows jumped over the weekend which will make angling difficult. With forecasted high temperatures the river is likely to be blown out the rest of the season. Big Sheep Creek however can still offer some action as steelhead are pushing toward the Little Sheep Cr. Hatchery facility. While flows may still be high, fish can be caught in the stretch between the town of Imnaha and the mouth of Little Sheep Creek. Steelhead are taking a variety of gear from various baits under a float or bounced on the bottom to swung flies. Nymphing small flies including glo-bugs and orange bead-head prince nymphs can be an effective method as well. The number of returning fish is lower than previous years but so is angling pressure. This year’s run is made up of a larger number of two-salt fish (larger fish) which may offer a better workout for your drag. Remember, steelhead season closes on April 15.

Fishing for whitefish remains open throughout the steelhead season below the mouth of Big Sheep Creek. Look for whitefish in deeper runs and holes, and target them using beaded nymphs. Bull trout are present this time of year and anglers are reminded to handle bull trout carefully and immediately release them.

Check Imnaha River flows.

JOHN DAY RIVER: steelhead

River flows high and still muddy due to melting snow. There is still steelhead available but most are higher in the river system. Anglers will have the most success using a variety of gear flies, jigs or bait. Very few hatchery stray steelhead are available and anglers are reminded to carefully release all wild fish.

Check John Day River flows.

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

Fish in the 12 to 14-inch size range are being caught at Cavender and 8 to 10 inch in Long Creek pond. Ponds will be stocked with rainbow in May.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

Access remains blocked by snow to passenger vehicles but may be accessed by snowmobile. Ice is beginning to breakup and is likely thin. Use caution if attempting to ice fish. Lake will be stocked with jumbo sized 10 to 12 inch rainbows when road clears in May.

MARR POND: surplus steelhead

Surplus steelhead have been stocked in Marr Pond offering a great opportunity for young anglers to catch a large fish. No harvest card is needed as these fish are considered trout when placed in lakes and ponds however, an angling license is still required. Try fishing with a bobber and bait hung mid water column or casting large spinners.

McKAY RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, yellow perch

Spring-like weather attracted lots of anglers over the weekend and fishing was fair for rainbow trout. Water levels are high enough to make both boat ramps usable. Anglers are reminded of the new bass regulation; 5 bass per day, with only 1 over 15 inches and only 1 may be a largemouth bass.

McNARY PONDS: trout

The ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

MORGAN LAKE: trout, bullheads, bass

Closed to fishing until April 27.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow and kokanee

Access remains blocked by snow to passenger vehicles but may be accessed by snowmobile. Ice fishing for rainbow is likely fair.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond is ice-free. Fishing is good for 12-14 inch hold-over trout.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond is ice-free. No recent reports on fishing success.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The water level is low. No recent fishing report. Reservoir is scheduled to be stocked with catchable rainbow trout in May.

TATONE POND: trout

The pond has been stocked and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

TROUT FARM POND: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is fair. The pond remains unfrozen during the winter due to warm spring flows. Snow may make access difficult.

UMATILLA RIVER: steelhead

For the week of March 25-31 anglers averaged 14.0 hours per steelhead caught. Steelhead return numbers to Threemile Dam showed a positive increase after last week’s warm weather; 1,060 have returned in March pushing the season total to 2,569. Water conditions are currently good. Anglers are reminded of the end of steelhead season on April 15.

Updated Threemile Dam fish counts can be accessed at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/fish_counts/

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Wallowa Lake is currently frozen. The ice is beginning to thaw and become weak. VENTURING OUT ONTO THE ICE IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish

Flows have jumped on the Wallowa River due to the warm weather over the weekend but is still fishable as of Monday (4/1). With continued warm weather the river can be expected to continue rising over the next week and make angling difficult. The season closes on April 15. This year’s run consists of a higher percentage of two-salt fish and anglers are catching large fish ranging from 27 to 31 inches. Remember, nearly 60 percent of the fish are returning to Wallowa Hatchery so fish can be caught throughout the river; remember to ask permission before accessing private land. Steelhead are taking a variety of gear from various baits under a float or bounced on the bottom to swung flies. Recent angler reports suggest jigs with green and black have been successful. Nymphing small flies including glo-bugs and prince nymphs, and large copper john like flies can be effective as well.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: Trout, crappie

Trout angling should be fair, crappie fish should improve as water temperatures warm.

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