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Weekend fishing opportunities

The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good.

Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught.

Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir is picking up and should be good.

Should be good catch-and-release fishing for trout on the upper Umatilla.

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 stocking map.

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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.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing is good right now and a boat launch is 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 is currently high from snowmelt but some fish may be found in the margins and slack water. 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


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


Pond was stocked on April 10 with jumbos and legal-sized trout. Fishing is good.


The pond will be stocked the week of May 20 with 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

The Imnaha River opened for trout on May 25. The river is still high from snowmelt but anglers can find success in the margins where fish will be seeking refuge from turbulent flows. Lures, bait and flies will all be 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. Remember to check gear restrictions and only adipose fin clipped trout can be retained below Big Sheep Cr. While angling for bull trout is allowed, it’s required they are released unharmed.

Check Imnaha River flows.

JOHN DAY RIVER: Resident rainbow and 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.

Check John Day River flows.


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 the week of April 29. Anglers are reminded this is a handicap accessible site in a beautiful forest setting.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing for brook trout is good on bait lures and flies. The lake will be stocked with rainbows in early June.

MARR POND: surplus steelhead

Marr Pond has been stocked with legal and trophy sized trout. Angling is good with a variety of methods including bait, lures, and flies. Marr Pond offers a great opportunity to get the young ones into some fish. Stocking will continue periodically throughout the summer.

McKAY RESERVOIR: crappie,yellow perch,bass

Angling for yellow perch has been good, but the fish are small. Crappie fishing should continue to improve as the water temperature continue to warm. 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.


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

MORGAN LAKE: trout, bullheads, bass

Opened for fishing April 27. No recent reports.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow and kokanee

Access is now open and kokanee fishing will be good until summer heat drives them into deep water. Rainbows will be stocked in early June.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with both legal-sized and larger one-pound rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with both legal-sized and larger one-pound rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.


The water level is low. Reservoir will be stocked with catchable rainbow trout this week.

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 will be stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 20. 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.


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


The following ponds have been stocked to date, Boundary, Owsley, Walk-in, Twin, Drift Fence, Pearson Ridge, OK and 5212. The North Umatilla ponds (Goldfish, 5412, Yellow Jacket, Granite Meadows, French Corral, Four Corners and Frog Heaven) are schedule to be stocked next week. All should provide good fishing.


The Umatilla river Spring chinook season closed May 15 due to a much smaller than expected return. The upper Umatilla should provide good catch-and-release angling for rainbow trout.

Updated Threemile Dam fish counts can be accessed at

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Some experienced anglers are catching limits of kokanee. Kokanee are ranging from 8 to 12-inches, and are being caught on a mix of trolling and jigging gear. Surface temperatures are warming and were recorded at 52°F (11°C) last week. Fishing for recently stocked and holdover rainbow trout has been good with a number of anglers catching limits regularly. 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. A number of anglers found success last weekend on spinning gear and flies. Fish ranged from 8 to 15-inches. The river is high but the color is on and anglers should be able to find fish in the margins and slack water. Spinners, bait, and flies will be effective. Fly anglers should look to imitate the golden stoneflies and caddis. Sculpin patterns stripped just off the bank can also produce. 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.


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


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


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