Recreation Report

Northeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of Aug. 14, 2018

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

There are no regulation updates at this time.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Enterprise (541) 426-3279
  • La Grande (541) 963-2138
  • Pendleton (541) 276-2344
  • John Day (541) 575-1167
Recreation Report

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Trout fishing continues to be good in the cooler waters of Wallowa, Jubilee and Magone lakes.
  • Walleye and smallmouth bass fishing have been good on the upper Columbia.
  • With trout fishing slowing in many areas, anglers can turn their attention to bass fishing in the lower stretches of the Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers, the John Day River and the Snake River below Hells Canyon.

 

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Fishing during blue-green algae blooms

Oregon sees an increase in algae blooms in lakes, rivers and reservoirs during the summer. Not all algae blooms are harmful, but blooms caused by cyanobateria (blue-green algae) can cause serious illness in pets and humans. The Oregon Health Authority issues Harmful Algae Bloom Advisories and offers these guidelines for fishing during an algae bloom.

ALDRICH PONDS (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

No recent fishing reports.

To reach the ponds travel 5 miles east on Hwy 26 from Dayville to the Phillip Schneider Wildlife Area access point. Head south on the access road (high clearance vehicle required) for 6 mile to the parking area. Access to the lower lake (Roosevelt) from the parking area requires a 1.5 mile hike and an additional .25 mile to reach Stewart Lake. 

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir and campground are currently closed due to the Wilson Prairie Fire.  Current fire status can be access at InciWeb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6028/.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

Flows on the Grande Ronde are very low. Fishing for bass should be good from the state line upstream into the roadless section. High temperatures will likely make fishing for cold water species difficult.

HATROCK POND: rainbow trout

The pond is has been stocked with legal-size trout.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked. An ADA fishing dock is available.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, bass

The lower stretches of the river should fish well for bass this time of year. In the upper stretches, fishing for large whitefish and trout can be good. Remember, Chinook salmon are present in the system and are not to be targeted by anglers. Bull trout are also present and should be released immediately and unharmed.

JOHN DAY RIVER: bass

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good. River flows are considerable lower than normal.

Check river levels.

JUBLIEE LAKE: rainbow trout

The main access and campground are now open. The lake has been stocked with legal and trophy trout, fishing should be good.

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

Both ponds have been stocked and largemouth bass are available in Cavender pond.

Check the stocking schedule for Long Creek & for Cavender.

LOST LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout is good.

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 has been stocked with both legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout. No recent fishing reports.

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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

Magone has be stocked with trout and fishing is good. Trout can now be taken almost anywhere in the lake and range from 8- to 16-inches long.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

MCKAY RESERVOIR: perch, crappie, bass

Warmwater fishing is in full swing at McKay, crappie fishing is best in the late evening when temperatures drop. Look for schools suspended on the outside of the willows.

The lake has both largemouth and smallmouth bass, look for largemouth in the heavy cover and the smallmouth near the rocky out croppings.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake was stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout in April.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

No recent fishing reports.   

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PEACH (LADD) POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked in April and May with legal-size rainbow trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked in April and May with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir has been stocked with rainbow trout

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout.

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 has been stocked with legal- and trophy-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.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS North and South: rainbow trout

The ponds have been stocked and reports from many of the ponds are good for carryover trout.

UMATILLA RIVER: trout

Trout fishing on the upper Umatilla River should be fair for anglers using lures and flies.

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

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

Kinney Lake is currently very warm with heavy algae. Fishing will be difficult as the reservoir warms and is drawn down for irrigation.  Look for fishing to improve in the fall when the reservoir begins to refill.

Marr Pond repairs are complete and it has been stocked with legal and trophy trout. Drawing down the pond for repairs killed a lot of aquatic vegetation, which makes fishing easier. 

Check the 2018 stocking schedules for these Wallowa County ponds: HONEYOON POND | KINNEY LAKE | MARR POND | MCGRAW POND | SALT CREEK SUMMIT POND | TEEPEE POND | VICTOR POND | WEAVER POND

WALLA WALLA FOREST PONDS SOUTH: rainbow trout

The ponds have been stocked. No recent fishing reports.

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Fishing for rainbow trout at Wallowa Lake has been good. Some surplus production of rainbow trout resulted in additional fish being released into the lake. Expect fishing to remain good through the end of summer.

Kokanee fishing has improved recently and large fish are being caught. A reduction in the population size has allowed for fish to grow larger and anglers are catching fish up to 20-inches with the average around 13-inches.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

WALLOWA RIVER: mountain whitefish, trout

The Wallowa River is running very low and warm. While fish will still be caught fishing will be more difficult. Please use proper catch and release techniques while conditions may be more hash for the fish.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, bass

The reservoir has been producing good catches of crappie, look for schools suspended in deeper water as water temperature heat up, and fish early and late in the day. Look for smallmouth bass along the rocky structure NE side of the reservoir.

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

NOTICE: The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory for Willow Creek Reservoir due to harmful levels of cyanotoxins associated with blue-green algae. Swallowing water should be avoided and skin contact may cause a rash for those with skin sensitivities. Keep pets out of water and do not allow them to drink out of the lake. The Oregon Health Authority offers these guidelines for fishing during an algae bloom.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.