Weekend fishing opportunities
The Wallowa River is heating up and steelhead are present in catchable numbers throughout the river.
Fishing for holdover trout has been pretty good in Holliday Park, Cavender and Long Creek ponds.
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 is now blocked by snow. Ice fishing only for both rainbow and eastern brook trout.
GRANDE RONDE RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish, bass
Runoff from the recent warm weather has caused flows on the lower river to be high and muddy. Steelhead fishing will likely be very difficult for the rest of the season as spring runoff increases. 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
HOLLIDAY PARK POND: trout
Fish in the 12 to 14-inch size range are being caught and the weeds are gone. Will not be stocked until mid-April.
IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish
Imnaha river flows are in the “sweet spot” for angling and fish are distributed throughout the river. Watch the gauge and hit the river when flows are trending down for the best angling. Angler reports have improved over the last week with catch rates of 13 hours a fish. Temperatures in the canyon can often be in the range for T-shirts this time of year and can provide some fantastic days for angling. Big Sheep Creek is low and clear but will start to offer some action as fish move toward the Little Sheep Cr. hatchery facility.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 prince nymphs can be an effective method as well. The number of returning fish is down this year but so is angling pressure. This year’s run is however made up of a larger number of two-salt fish (larger fish) which may offer a better workout for your drag.
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 got muddy over the weekend due to melting snow. When the water clears temperatures will still be cold so anglers will have the most success targeting the slow, deep pools using jigs or bait. Very few hatchery stray steelhead are available here 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 but Long
Creek is still covered in thin ice.
MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout
Access is now blocked by snow to passenger vehicles but may be accessed by snowmobile. Ice fishing should be fair for rainbow and brook trout.
MORGAN LAKE: trout, bullheads, bass
Closed to fishing until spring.
OLIVE LAKE: rainbow and kokanee
Access is now blocked by snow to passenger vehicles but may be access by snowmobile. Ice fishing for rainbow is likely fair.
PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout
The pond is ice-free. No current reports of fishing success.
ROULET POND: rainbow trout
The pond is ice-covered.
ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
The water level is low. No recent fishing report.
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
Angling effort for the week of February 19-24 was moderate; catch rates reflected the dropping river flows. Anglers averaged 14.9 hours per steelhead caught. Steelhead return numbers to Threemile Dam have been below average for the entire month of February.
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 with 6-12 inches of ice. Some trout and kokanee are being caught on both ends of the lake. Jigging is the preferred method with lures like Kokanators and Swedish Pimples tipped with corn, cheese or other baits. While ice conditions are currently stable, caution is recommended as ice can melt quickly with warmer temperatures.
WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, trout, whitefish
Flows on the Wallowa River are prime for angling success. Anglers reported catch rates at a respectable 7 hours a fish over the last week. Steelhead will make their final push toward the hatchery facilities through March to the close of the season 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. Nymphing small flies including glo-bugs and prince nymphs, and large copper john like flies can be effective as well.
WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: Trout
Trout angling should be fair throughout the winter.