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Oregon Fish Report - Northeast Zone

November 07, 2017

Northeast Zone

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • It’s a great time to visit Magone Lake where fishing has been good of rainbow trout from 8- to 16-inches long.
  • Walleye fishing continues to be good in and around the mouth of the Umatilla River.
  • Anglers are reporting good catch rates for both salmon and steelhead from Three Mile Dam to the mouth of the Umatilla River.
  • The Columbia River continues to produce good catches of walleye and smallmouth bass.

ALDRICH PONDS (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

Fishing is good for rainbow trout.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing is good for stocked and carry-over trout.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass, steelhead

Steelhead fishing on the Grande Ronde has picked up with a fair number of fish being caught each day. Both fly and gear anglers have been successful with multiple methods. Look for fish in slow tail outs where they can conserve energy while water temperatures are low. The current limit is 2 steelhead per day. Standard limits have been changed to address underperforming runs.

Anglers should be aware that bull trout and fall chinook are currently in the system and may be encountered while steelhead fishing. They should be released immediately. 

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

Recent angler reports suggest fishing is poor, fish may have suffered increased mortality due to high water temperatures during the latter part of the summer. 

IMNAHA RIVER: steelhead, trout, bass

Steelhead fishing can be good on the lower Imnaha River during the fall with best fishing running into the first few weeks of November. The current limit on the Imnaha River is 2 hatchery steelhead per day.

A recent bump in flows will have attracted a few fish in from the Snake River and these fish should be available to anglers. Anglers should be aware that bull trout and fall Chinook are in the system and may be encountered while steelhead fishing. These fish should be released immediately.

JOHN DAY RIVER: bass, steelhead

Smallmouth bass fishing will be slowing down as water temperatures cool.

Summer steelhead are present the lower John Day River but we expect below average numbers of steelhead returning to the basin this season. To help reduce stress on wild steelhead anglers are encouraged to play and land fish as quickly as possible, use barbless hooks and do not remove fish from the water. 

Check river levels.

JUBILEE LAKE: rainbow trout

The campground and boat ramp are closed for the season, access to the lake is walk-in only.

Fishing should be good, the fall cool down should have trout moving back into the shallows making them more accessible to anglers. The lake has been stocked with legal and trophy trout, there should also be good numbers of carry over trout. As fish become more active angling techniques like casting lures and fly fishing become the go to methods.

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Both ponds have been stocked with trout. Largemouth bass are available in Cavender pond.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout is great, the lake was stocked with trout this spring and offers a nice change of pace for anglers or hunters in the Olive Lake/Desolation Creek area willing to make a short hike or bicycle ride up the road to the lake.

From Dale, take USFS 053 for about .6 miles to USFS 10.  Stay on USFS 10 for about 20 miles. At USFS 045 turn right, travel for about .3 miles then turn left on USFS 030 and travel .5 miles to USFS 020. Access to the lake is walk in only, hike approximately two miles up USFS 020 to reach the lake.

LUGER POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with one pound rainbow trout the last week of September. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked this past spring, ODFW marked approximately 50 of these with an orange colored tag just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

Take the Palmer Junction Road north out of Elgin about 10 miles to USFS 63. Follow USFS 63 for about 9 miles, then left on USFS 6306. Luger Pond is 2.5 miles on the right, near Luger Springs campground.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

Fishing is good for rainbow trout, trout can now be taken almost anywhere in the lake and range from 8- to 16-inches long. 

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

Access to the dam and surrounding area is currently restricted but fishing remains open throughout the rest of the lake. 

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond was stocked in mid-October with pounder and legal-size rainbow trout.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

Biologist recently (10/27/17) observed numerous trout feeding at Roulet Pond and fish will be available to anglers until the pond freezes.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Trout fishing is fair on carry over trout

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with one pound rainbow trout the last week of September. To measure the catch rate of trout stocked this past spring at this pond, ODFW marked approximately 25 of these with an orange colored tag, just under the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please report the tag number to Tim Bailey, District Fish Biologist at 541-962-1829. Some of these tags will have a $50 reward available.

From Hwy 203 at Union, turn left staying on Hwy 203 towards Medical Springs. At the summit between Union and Medical Springs, turn left onto USFS Road 7700 (opposite Snowpark area). Proceed East on 7700 road for about 9 miles to USFS Road 7740 on the right. There is a popular camping area just beyond the 7740 road on the right. Proceed on the 7740 road for about 1/4 mile. The rock pit and pond are on the right.

UMAPINE POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked in the spring with legal-size rainbow trout.

From I-84 take Hwy 244 towards Ukiah. At the Blue Mtns. summit, turn left onto USFS Rd 5160. Proceed for approximately 7.9 miles to the Umapine OHV Campground. The pond is within the Campground.

UMATILLA RIVER: salmon, steelhead

Regulation update: Open for coho and fall Chinook salmon Sept. 1 – Nov. 30 from the Hwy. 730 Bridge upstream to CTUIR reservation boundary located upstream of Hwy. 11 Bridge.

Fishing was fair the week of Oct. 23-29. Anglers averaged 7.1 hours fished per fish landed with most of the fishing effort concentrated downstream of Threemile dam. Coho and fall Chinook numbers have increased to over 100 fish a day to Threemile dam recently.

Creel surveys for the week of Oct. 2-8, from Three Mile Dam to the mouth of the Umatilla River, found anglers reporting good catch rates for both salmon and steelhead. Salmon anglers averaged 5.8 hours per fish landed and steelhead anglers averaged 2.5 hours fished per fish landed.

Salmon and steelhead returns are picking up as flows increase and water temperatures decrease, anglers should concentrate on the area downstream of Threemile Dam.

Anglers can access fish counts at Three Mile Dam fish counts. Find flow data.

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

Hunters take a fishing rod along with you, the forest ponds provide good fall fishing opportunities.

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

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

Stocking has ended for most ponds, however forest ponds received a small number of fish prior to rifle deer season. Many of the ponds in the Wallowa Valley become difficult to fish during late summer because of weed growth but fish are still available.

Biologists recently (11/2/17) sampled Kinney Lake and found good numbers of healthy trout averaging about a pound. Many fish were also observed feeding on the surface. Try baits and flies that mimic natural foods present like mayflies and midges.

Marr Pond has experienced a draw down due to damaged water control structures and bag limits have been removed. Fish are still available however as biologists observed numerous fish at the end of October (10/27/17).

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Trout fishing at Wallowa Lake tends to slow down as winter approaches. Stocked fish have typically learned to eat natural foods and become a bit more elusive. Focus on baits and flies that mimic natural foods like mayflies and midges.

Kokanee size is up this year with most fish between 8- and 12-inches with a few ranging over 16-inches. Kokanee fishing has slowed but fish are still available. Change tactics from the usual methods to find these fall fish.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

The Wallowa River is fishing well for small to medium rainbows and large whitefish. A recent bump in flows will has made the river floatable for rafts and the river may fish well from a boat. Anglers are also fishing for steelhead between Minam and the Wildcat Bridge via multi-day float trips and finding some success. The steelhead bag limit has been set at 2 fish per day due to underperforming runs. Look for steelhead fishing to improve through fall into the winter.

WALLA WALLA SOUTH FOREST PONDS: rainbow trout

Hunters take a fishing rod along with you, the forest ponds provide good fall fishing opportunities.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir has been stocked with trophy trout. To monitor the success of this stocking, fish have been tagged with floy tags, some of which carry a $50 dollar reward. Anglers have been finding good success fishing for trout.

Please report a caught tagged fish to the ODFW Pendleton office 541-276-2344.

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