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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

A great weekend for trout fishing

Not only is it Memorial Day Weekend (an extra day for fishing!) but several western Oregon rivers and streams open for trout fishing this Saturday. In addition, several waterbodies will be getting extra stocked trout for the holiday weekend.

Next weekend looks good, too

Free Fishing Weekend is June 1 and 2 – you won’t need a license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state. This is a great time to take a friend or family member fishing! If you’re new to fishing check out the list of Free Fishing Weekend events. If you’re striking out on your own, the 2013 Spring Fishing Guide can help you pick a place to go.

NORTHEAST ZONE FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities

  • The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good.
  • Twin, Weston and South Umatilla Forest ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good.
  • The Umatilla river spring chinook season closed May 15 due to a much smaller than expected return.

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.

Aldrich ponds: rainbow trout

These ponds will not open to fishing until May 25.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: trout

Access is open and fishing is available for both rainbow and eastern brook trout. Reservoir has not been stocked yet.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

The Grande Ronde River will open for trout this Saturday (May 25). The river is currently high from snowmelt but some fish may be found in the margins and slackwater. Floating the stretch from Minam to Troy is popular this time of year and can make a great fishing trip. Remember bull trout are present and should be released immediately and 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 April 10 with jumbos and legal-sized trout.

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

The Imnaha River opens for trout this Saturday (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: steelhead

River flows have subsided to fishable levels but the steelhead season above Kimberly closed April 15. This river section will open again for trout on May 25.

The river below Kimberly remains open and bass fishing is good.

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.

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

Access to the lake is now open and the ice has melted. Fishing for brook trout is good. The lake will be stocked with rainbows in 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: 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

Opened for fishing April 27.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow and kokanee

Access remains blocked by snow to passenger vehicles but may be accessed by snowmobile. Ice-fishing is not recommended.

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

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.

TATONE POND: trout

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

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. Access is now open to vehicles.

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: spring chinook

The Umatilla river Spring chinook season closed May 15 due to a much smaller than expected return.

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 beginning to catch early-season kokanee. Kokanee are ranging from 8 to 12-inches, and are being caught on a mix of trolling and jigging gear. Surface temperatures were recorded at 45°F (7°C), but quickly drop to below 40°F (4°C) in the upper 50 feet. Docks have been installed at both ends of the lake and the fishing cleaning station near the marina is operational.

WALLOWA RIVER: trout, whitefish

The Wallowa River will open for trout this Saturday (May 25). 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 Imnaha River and can provide a great opportunity for young anglers and can save a day when the trout fishing is slow.

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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