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Daily possession limits and length requirements for trout removed 

Retention of white sturgeon opens on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and Saturday, September 28, 2019 (two days)

The bottomfish fishery is open to all depth beginning Sept. 3, with a general marine species bag limit of 5 fish.

Effective Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, steelhead retention prohibited.

Retention of copper, quillback, and china rockfish prohibited in recreational boat fishery

Effective September 1 through October 31, 2019, steelhead bag limits reduced in the NE zone

Hatchery Chinook salmon retention allowed effective Aug. 24.

Sport anglers fishing from boats can no longer retain cabezon beginning Aug. 15.

All fishing is closed (including catch-and-release) in the Columbia River and the Deschutes River from Monday, Aug. 12 through Sept. 15.

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Northeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of August 21, 2019

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

JOHN DAY RIVER

  • Effective June 16 through December 31, 2019, the daily salmonid bag limit for the John Day River downstream of Tumwater Falls may not include more than one steelhead except when closed to steelhead retention September 1 through October 31, 2019.

UMATILLA RIVER

  • Effective May 25, 2019, fishing is prohibited for spring Chinook salmon.

Effective September 1 through October 31, 2019; the daily bag limit is one hatchery steelhead in the following areas:

  • The Grande Ronde River upstream to Meadow Creek; 
  • The Imnaha River downstream of Big Sheep Creek;  
  • The Wallowa River from the mouth upstream to Trout Creek;  
  • Big Sheep Creek downstream of Little Sheep Creek; 
  • The Wenaha River downstream of Crooked Creek.

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
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Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Trout anglers should consider Jubilee and Pendland lakes for their weekend fishing. The summer crowds are gone and cooler temperatures have put trout back on the bite.
  • Hunters in the area of the Umatilla and South Walla Walla forest ponds should remember to take a rod with them and enjoy a cast-and-blast weekend.

 

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

ALDRICH PONDS (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

The ponds have been stocked with both trophy and legal-size trout.  Access to the ponds requires a two-mile hike from the Flat Creek parking area on the Wildlife Area. 

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir has been stocked with both trophy and legal-size trout. Fishing is likely good for stocked trout.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass, steelhead

With cooler weather trout fishing has picked up on the Grande Ronde River. Biologists have received recent reports of success with large stonefly patterns.

Steelhead season opened on Sept. 1 with a reduced daily bag limit of one hatchery steelhead. Poor returns of steelhead are forecasted for the Snake River Basin prompting managers to reduce bag limits to ensure hatchery production can be met. Managers will continue to evaluate the run and adjust bag limits as necessary.

Remember that fall Chinook, bull trout, and toho will be present in the Grande Ronde throughout the fall.  If you encounter these species, they must be released immediately and unharmed.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

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

HUNTER POND: rainbow trout

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

From I-84 take Hwy 244 towards Ukiah. At the Blue Mountains summit, turn left onto USFS Rd 5160. Proceed for approximately 3 miles to the junction of roads 5160 and 5155. Stay on 5160. Just past this junction on the right take spur 710. The pond is just off 5160.

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass, steelhead

Steelhead season opened on Sept.1 with a reduced daily bag limit of one hatchery steelhead. Poor returns of steelhead are forecasted for the Snake River Basin prompting managers to reduce bag limits to ensure hatchery production can be met. Managers will continue to evaluate the run and adjust bag limits as necessary.

Remember that fall Chinook and bull trout will be present in the Imnaha River throughout the fall. If you encounter these species, they must be released immediately and unharmed.

JOHN DAY RIVER: bass

Smallmouth bass fishing is beginning to pick up. River flows are low but still do-able for smaller inflatables. 

JUBILEE LAKE: trout

Now’s the time to beat the summer camping crowds. Water temperatures are cooling and ttout move back into the shallows to feed. Lures and flies work well this time of the year.

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

Fishing is good at both Long Creek and Cavender after recent trout stocking. Anglers are also catching largemouth. 

LUGER POND: rainbow trout

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

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

The reservoir has been stocked with trophy and legal-size tout. Fishing is good almost anywhere in the lake.

MCKAY RESERVOIR: perch, crappie, bass

The reservoir is at full pool, water conditions are improving visibility is getting better and water temperature is warming.

Crappie fishing should be heating up as crapping move into the shallows to spawn, early morning and evening produce the most consistent bite. Drifting or trolling with, jigs, spinners and small plugs are good ways to locate scattered crappie schools. Once a school of actively biting crappie are located slow down and fish jigs slowly under a bobber. Fishing for small and largemouth bass should be fair to good.

McNARY PONDS: largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie and bluegill

The ponds have a good population of warmwater species and provide good bank access; the ponds are also open to non-motorized boats.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

Morgan Lake is now open to fishing and has been stocked with 500 trophy-size rainbow trout. That’s in addition to the trout already available from fingerling stocking last spring.

PEACH (LADD) POND: rainbow trout

The pond has received its second stocking with 1,000 legal-size and 75 trophy-size rainbow trout.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in the Peach Pond, ODFW marked some 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.

Construction of a new ADA accessible fishing platform is now complete.

PENDLAND LAKE: rainbow trout

Pendland Lake is a great location for fall trout fishing, the crowds are gone and the trout go on the bite. A small boat or float tube will let you reach more of the lake. Flies, lures and bait all work.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond has received its second stocking of approximately 1,100 rainbow trout. A new fishing pier was constructed last fall. Anglers with disabilities will enjoy excellent fishing access at this pond.

To measure the catch rate of trout stocked in the Roulette Pond, ODFW marked some 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.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

The reservoir has been stocked and fishing should be good.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

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

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 Sno-Park 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.

TWIN PONDS (Ukiah): trout

Twin Ponds have been stocked twice and fishing should be good.

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

The North and South Umatilla ponds have all been stocked, this includes ponds located off: the USFS 52 Rd, 53 Rd and Pearson Creek Rd. Hunters remember to take a fish rod along, as the temperatures drop the trout go on the bite again.

UMATILLA RIVER: trout

Trout fishing is expected to be fair in the upper Umatilla River, anglers should use flies and lures, no bait allowed.

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

SOUTH WALLA WALLA FOREST PONDS: trout

The ponds were last stocked the week of June 17. Hunters remember to take a fish rod along, as the temperatures drop the trout go on the bite again.

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

Wallowa County ponds on the forest and in the valley have been stocked this year and fishing should be good.

Kinney Lake is fishing well for stocked and holdover trout up to 16-inches.

Check the 2019 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

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

The crowds have left Wallowa Lake, but trout and kokanee are still available to the determined angler. Expect natural baits to be successful as stocked trout have been in the lake long enough to key in on food items in the lake.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish, trout

Trout fishing on the Wallowa River is currently good with fish to 20-inches being reported.  Dry flies during the last few hours of daylight have been effective.

Steelhead season opened on Sept.1 with a reduced daily bag limit of one hatchery steelhead. Poor returns of steelhead are forecasted for the Snake River Basin prompting managers to reduce bag limits to ensure hatchery production can be met. Managers will continue to evaluate the run and adjust bag limits as necessary. 

While steelhead season is open, it will be later in the fall when fish appear in catchable numbers.

Remember that bull trout and coho will be present in the Wallowa River throughout the fall. If you encounter these species, they must be released immediately and unharmed.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, bass

As water temperatures cool, crappie and bass remain active, but look for fish in deeper water. Trout will be moving towards the surface again as temperatures cool.