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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

NORTHEAST ZONE FISHING

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.
  • Several area ponds have been stocked with rainbow trout recently and should offer some good fishing.
  • Should be good catch-and-release fishing for trout on the upper Umatilla.

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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. 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 is currently high from snowmelt but is coming down and is producing some nice trout. 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

HATROCK PONDS: trout

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

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: trout

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

HUNTER POND: trout

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, 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. Remember to check gear restrictions and only adipose fin clipped trout can be retained below Big Sheep Cr. 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. Recently anglers have reported success angling for bass near the confluence with the Snake River.

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.

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 fish are being caught in Long Creek pond.

LUGER POND: trout

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

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

MARR POND: Trout

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 temperatures 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.

McNARY PONDS: trout

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

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 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.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

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 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. This pond is spring fed and fishes well until weed growth inhibits angler access.

TWIN PONDS: trout

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

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

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.

UMATILLA RIVER: trout

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 http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/fish_counts/

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 though recent reports indicate jigging has been the better bet. When angling is slow, try changing up your tactics and using different bait. 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 with some success. 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 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. Target whitefish in deep runs with small spinners or dead drifted nymphs.

WESTON POND: trout

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

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, crappie

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

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