Northeast

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Remains open to fishing all year. The reservoir is frozen but proceed with caution as the ice may be too thin to support anglers. Approximately 200 trophy rainbow trout were stocked last fall and should provide fishing all winter. Brook trout are also available.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: steelhead

Flows have come up on the Grande Ronde but the river will still fish. Most anglers have moved to the Wallowa R. leaving lots of room to fish and there are still a few of fish available. Catch rates have dropped off but persistent anglers can still find fish. of fish available. A healthy proportion of two salt fish has resulted in a large average size this year. So, expect a few larger fish and some screaming drags! Remember: the Grande Ronde will close to all fishing on April 15th and will re-open on May 23rd for trout, whitefish and bass.

HATROCK POND: trout

The Hat Rock State Park provides a trail system with easy angler access to the pond for the entire family. Fishing for rainbow trout should be good.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

Remains open all year. The pond is now free of ice. Carryover trout are being caught and should provide fair angling until stocking occurs in April.

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead

Anglers are still finding a few fish on the Imnaha, which should continue until the season closes. Steelhead are making their final push and arriving at the hatchery facility on Little Sheep Creek so, don’t forget to try Big Sheep Creek where catch rates can be fantastic. Remember; the Imnaha River will close to all fishing on April 15th and will re-open on May 23rd for trout, whitefish and bass.

Flow data for the Imnaha can be found on the Idaho Power website.

steelhead caught on the lower John Day
Justin Botefuhr – steelhead caught on the lower John Day
-Photo by Rick Hargrave-
JOHN DAY RIVER: steelhead

River flow levels are just right and steelhead are biting on jigs, flies and bait. Most of the steelhead being caught are wild and have been holding between Service Creek and the town of John Day and in the North Fork up to Monument. John Day River flows

Water temperatures are cold so steelhead are holding in slack water along the current edge. A few bass have been caught below Kimberly during the warmest days. ODFW encourages all anglers to keep any ad-clipped steelhead taken in this fishery. All wild (adipose intact) steelhead must be released unharmed.

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

Remains open all year. Both ponds are now free of ice. Several trout stocked last year survived the winter and will provide good fishing until both ponds are re-stocked again in April.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

Remains open all year. Portions of the upper lake are ice free so proceed with caution if attempting to ice fish. The ice may be too thin to support anglers.

MARR POND: surplus steelhead

Marr pond has been stocked with 100 surplus steelhead that returned to Wallowa Hatchery. Once these fish are placed in still water fisheries they are considered “trout” and do not need to be recorded on a harvest card.

This is a great opportunity to get young anglers into some big fish. Try catching these fish by floating bait under a bobber mid water column. Brightly colored lures and spinners may also be productive.

McNARY PONDS: trout

A trail system provides access to both pond and stream fishing and the area also has several handicap accessible fishing platforms. The ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good for rainbow trout. A kids only fishing event will be held on April 18 from 10 am to noon with a family fishing following.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond has no ice cover. The first spring stocking of rainbow trout is scheduled for the first full week of April.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond has no ice cover. The first spring stocking of rainbow trout is scheduled for the first full week of April.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Remains open all year. The pond is now free of ice. Fishing is fair for carryover trout but the water level is very low.

TATONE POND: trout

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

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

The forest ponds remain open to angling year around, with the low snow pack many of these ponds maybe accessible earlier than normal. Anglers should take caution and be prepared to encounter snow drifts and downed trees blocking roads.

UMATILLA RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead season is winding down, but anglers continue to catch good numbers of fish in the Pendleton area. Steelhead fishing was good last weekend with upper river anglers averaging 2.4 hours per steelhead caught. During the three days creeled last week, 34 anglers caught and released 25 native and no hatchery steelhead.

Anglers are find best success using bobbers and jigs and drift fishing for steelhead. Anglers should consult the synopsis for detailed regulations. Anglers are reminded spring Chinook season opens April 16 and steelhead season ends April 15.

Threemile Dam fish counts

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

As spring approaches anglers will start to find some stocked trout that held over from last season’s stocking. These fish often range 15 to 20 inches and can be caught in multiples. These fish are normally more common later in the spring; however with the warm weather and early spring anglers should start seeing these fish soon.

Some experienced fishermen are picking up large lake trout trolling at depth with downriggers. While lake trout aren’t abundant in Wallowa Lake it’s not uncommon to find fish over 25 pounds.

In 2014 the lake was stocked with tagged rainbow trout in an effort by ODFW to better understand the utilization of this fishery. Tagged fish have been caught at very high rates and over $2,700 in rewards have been paid. Some of these fish have likely held over from last year and are available to anglers. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the number, location, date, where in the lake the fish was caught and the size to the ODFW office in Enterprise or online.

Whitefish
Whitefish
WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

Steelhead season is winding down on the Wallowa and pressure is starting to drop off. Fishermen can still find some fish out there at good catch rates.

Remember the Wallowa River will close to all angling after April 15, 2015. The river will reopen for trout and whitefish on May 23, 2015.

Remember the Wallowa River is a whitefish factory. Whitefish can be a great way to keep kids interested while steelhead fishing and can be great table fair. Simply tie in a small bead-head nymph dropper while fishing under a bobber rig and let the fun begin. Also, steelhead will often take a bead head nymph hanging under a jig.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

Anglers are reporting good catches of rainbow trout from 12 to 20-inches. Best catches are falling for PowerBait and night crawlers fished on the bottom.