Northeast Zone weekly fishing report


Weekend fishing opportunities

  • Magone Lake was recently stocked with fingerling and jumbo-size rainbow.
  • Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught.
  • Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir continues to improve.
  • Spring Chinook jack fishing will be open on the Imnaha River until further notice.

Warm water temperatures increase stress to fish

With the advent of warm summer water temperatures (70 degrees and more), anglers can reduce the stress to fish by taking the following precautions when catching and releasing fish:

  • Fish during the cooler times of the day, usually mornings and evenings
  • Use barbless hooks, play and land the fish quickly
  • When releasing wild fish, keep them in the water as much as possible
  • Shift your fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cool.

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 Google-based stocking 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.

Aldrich ponds: rainbow trout

Opened on May 25. Fishing is good for rainbows up to 15-inches on bait, lures and flies. The bag limit is two fish over 8-inches per day. It is a 1.5 mile hike into the ponds. Weed growth is inhibiting fishing access at the lower pond but fish to 18-inches can be caught, especially from a float tube or raft. The upper pond has fewer weeds and is better suited to bank fishing. Fingerling rainbow stocked last year at the upper pond are now 12 to 15-inches.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing is good right now. A campground and a boat launch are available. Bait, lures and flies are all producing. Rainbow stocked last year are 10 to 12-inches. Brook trout average 8 to 10-inches.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

The Grande Ronde River is open for trout, whitefish and bass. Bass fishing in the lower sections of the river should begin to pick up as spring and summer progresses. The river has been producing some nice trout and is fishing well. For fly anglers, the stone fly hatch has started to fizzle and the best bet is to use a caddis or mayfly imitations. Floating the stretch from Minam to Troy is popular this time of year and can make a great fishing trip for trout. Remember only adipose fin clipped trout can be retained, and bull trout are present and should be immediately released unharmed.

Check river flows


Pond was stocked on May 22nd with legal-sized trout. Fishing is good.


The pond was stocked in Maywith legal-sized rainbow trout. Hunter Pond is located about 3 miles south of Hwy 244 off of USFS Rd 5160. The pond is located on the 710 spur just west of 5160.

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

Trout anglers have found recent success on the Imnaha. Lures, bait and flies have all been successful. Fly anglers should look for fish rising to caddis and golden stone flies. Whitefish are abundant in the Imnaha River and can provide a great opportunity for young anglers and can save a day when the trout fishing is slow. Target whitefish in deep runs with small spinners or dead drifted nymphs. Bull trout are also moving up through the system and can be caught on large fish imitations and streamers. Remember, bull trout must be released unharmed.

Beginning July 8, harvest of spring Chinook will be limited to jack Chinook only, with a daily limit of five. The jack season will continue until further notice. Jack Chinook are salmon between 15 and 24-inches long. Anglers do not need to record jacks on the combined angling tag. All non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) Chinook must be released unharmed. Watch for announcements pertaining to spring Chinook seasons on the ODFW website.

Check Imnaha River flows.

JOHN DAY RIVER: resident rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

River flows are at fishable levels and trout fishing is good. Bag limit is 5 fish per day over 8-inches.

Bass fishing is good on the river below Kimberly and on the North Fork up to Monument. Most bass are 8 to 10-inches with a few up to 15-inches. River flows have now dropped to 700 cfs making boat travel difficult. Channel catfish are now being caught in the John Day arm and in the river up to Spray.

Check John Day River flows.

JUBILEE LAKE: rainbow trout

A hazard tree removal project at jubilee campground continues to delay access to both the campground and the boat ramp. The lake is open to fishing. Anglers may access the lake from the overflow camping area but a short hike is required. Campers should contact the USFS Walla Walla Ranger District office (509-522-6290) for the status of the campground opening.


Fish in the 12 to 14-inch size range are being caught at Cavender and 8 to 10-inch fish are being caught in Long Creek pond.


The pond was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in late April. Anglers are reminded this is a handicap accessible site in a beautiful forest setting.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

The Lake was recently stocked with fingerling and jumbo size rainbow. Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is good on bait lures and flies.

McKAY RESERVOIR: crappie,yellow perch,bass

Fishing for crappie has been good with the best catches coming at dusk. Yellow perch fishing has been good, but the fish are small. Bass fishing is good. The reservoir is at near full pool making 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.

MORGAN LAKE: trout, bullheads, bass

Opened for fishing April 27. No recent reports.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow and kokanee

Kokanee fishing will be good until summer heat drives them into deep water. Rainbows were stocked in early June and will provide good fishing all summer.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with both legal-sized and larger one-pound rainbow trout. Fishing will slow with as the weather warms.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with both legal-sized and larger one-pound rainbow trout. Fishing will slow with as the weather warms.


The water level is low. Reservoir was stocked this week with legal-sized rainbow trout.

Schneider Wildlife area ponds: rainbow trout

Wiley pond is now open for those willing to walk the 2 miles. Twelve-inch rainbow are being caught. Aldrich Gulch Pond is also open and requires a 1 mile hike.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

This is a new stocking site in 2013 and was stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout in late May. The pond is located in a gravel pit just off USFS Rd. 7740, approximately ½ mile south of the Jct. with USFS Rd. 7700.

TROUT FARM POND: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for rainbow and brook trout is good. The campground is now open. This pond is spring fed and fishes well until weed growth inhibits angler access.


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


All of the Umatilla forest ponds have been stocked and should provide good fishing.


The upper Umatilla should provide good catch-and-release angling for rainbow trout.

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

Some anglers are catching limits of kokanee and report finding biters by jigging around 100ft. Kokanee are ranging from 8 to 12-inches, and are being caught on a mix of trolling and jigging gear. When angling is slow, try changing up your tactics and using different bait and fishing at different depths. Fishing for recently stocked and holdover rainbow trout has been good with a number of anglers catching limits regularly. A few anglers are targeting lake trout and finding a fair number of fish. Recent reports indicate a few fish over 20lbs have been caught with one pushing the 30lb mark. Docks have been installed at both ends of the lake and the fishing cleaning station near the marina is operational.

Remember, a temporary rule is in place until Nov. 19 that allows harvest of 20 kokanee per day, no more than 5 over 12-inches.

WALLOWA RIVER: trout, whitefish

The Wallowa River is open for trout and whitefish. Fish generally ranged from 8 to 15-inches with a few rare fish pushing that 20 inch mark. The river has come back into shape over the last week and some anglers have reported success. Spinners, bait, and flies will be effective. Fish have recently been caught on both caddis nymphs and dry flies. A wooly bugger fished under an indicator has also been effective. Even with the high water, 20-plus fish days can be common on the Wallowa. Remember, below Rock Cr. only adipose fin-clipped trout may be harvested. Whitefish are abundant in the Wallowa River and can provide a great opportunity for young anglers and can save a day when the trout fishing is slow. Target whitefish in deep runs with small spinners or dead drifted nymphs.


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

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, brown bullhead

Angling for warm water species has been good. Anglers are reminded to consult the 2013 angling synopsis for special regulations in place at Willow Creek Reservoir.

A health advisory was issued June 18th due to high levels of blue-green algae in Willow Creek Reservoir. For local information contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Willow Creek Natural Resource Management office at 541-676-9009. For health information, contact the Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance (HABS) program at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or Morrow County Health Department at 541-676-5421.


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