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Effective June 16, 2019, retention of  steelhead allowed downstream of  Moody Rapids.

Effective June 16, 2019, retention of  steelhead allowed downstream of Tumwater Falls.

All-depth Halibut will open for an additional day.

Effective July 1, bag limits on wild adult Chinook salmon are reduced.

Effective June 13, 2019, the Trask River Hatchery Hole will be closed.

Razor clamming is now closed from the south jetty of the Siuslaw River south to the California border.

Effective June 1, 2019 through November 28, 2019, the use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout. 

Recreation Report

Northeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of June 25, 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

  • From the Hwy 730 bridge to the CTUIR reservation boundary (approximately 0.7 miles above Hwy 11 bridge). 
  • Effective Saturday, May 25 through June 30, 2019, Spring Chinook fishing is prohibited. 

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:

  • Several waterbodies are scheduled to be stocked this week, including McGraw Pond, Weavers Pond, north Umatilla Forest Pond, Teepee Pond, Salt Creek Summit Pond, Wallowa Lake, Olive Lake, Victor Pond, Marr Pond and Honeymoon Pond.
  • Water temperatures are warming on the John Day, and with flows ideal for floating anglers are catching a good number of bass.
  • The road to Jubilee Lake is open to vehicle traffic and fishing should be good for holdover rainbow trout.
  • Smallmouth bass fishing on the Columbia River has been great.
  • The mountains in northeast Oregon are green and beautiful, and with wildflowers in bloom, now is a great time to grab a map (or GPS) and take a tour of the forest pond scheduled to be stocked this week.
  • The Umatilla Marina Park Boat Ramp will be closed June 21 from 3 p.m. to midnight, and June 22 from 10 a.m. to midnight for the Umatilla Landing Days. Alternative ramps would be Plymouth Park just downstream on the Washington side, and Irrigon Marina eight miles downstream.
  • Because Morrow County will be working on ORV pond #3, it will not be stocked in 2019.

 

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

ALDRICH PONDS (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

Access to the ponds is open. We received a report of a fish kill in both ponds. District staff visited the ponds but could not confirm the report, although it is possible that anoxic conditions over the winter caused a fish kill. The ponds have been stocked with both trophy and legal-size trout.

BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Fishing is likely good for recently stocked trout.

COLD SPRINGS RESERVIOR: crappie, brown bullhead, largemouth bass

The reservoir is beginning to be drawn down for irrigation, the boat ramp is still usable.

Crappie fishing should be good as fish have moved into the shallows to spawn, anglers should move often until a school of fish are located which are willing to bite. Be sure to bring plenty of mosquito repellant!

Brown bullhead should be available for anglers soaking bait on the bottom.

CUTSFORTH POND: trout

Was last stocked the week of June 3 and should provide good fishing for rainbow trout.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish

As spring progresses the Grande Ronde River flows will vary with the snowmelt. Trout anglers may find some success when conditions allow. Look for fishing to improve when flows subside. 

HATROCK POND: rainbow trout

The pond was last stocked the week of June 3, and there should be good fishing for rainbow trout. This was the last scheduled stocking for the year.

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 is accessible and has been stocked with legal-size 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 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

As spring progresses the Imnaha River flows will vary with the snowmelt. Trout anglers may find some success when conditions allow. Look for fishing to improve when flows subside. 

Due to poor returns of spring Chinook there are no plans for a salmon season.

JOHN DAY RIVER: bass

Smallmouth bass fishing is starting to pick up but water visibility remains poor. River temperatures are warming and bass are being caught, with flows ideal for floating. 

JUBILEE LAKE: trout

The road is now open to the lake, but anglers must still walk into the lake. The overflow camping area, ½ mile past the main entrance, offers a much shorter walk to the lake.Ffishing should be fair to good for carryover rainbow trout.

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

Fishing is good at both Long Creek and Cavender after recent trout stocking. We also have received recent reports of largemouth being caught. 

LUGER POND: rainbow trout

This pond is accessible and 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 is accessible and has been recently stocked. 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: rainbow trout

The ponds were last stocked the week of June 3, and there should be good fishing for rainbow trout. This is the last scheduled stocking for the year.

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.

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

This pond usually becomes accessible late May, when it will be stocked with 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.

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.

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 will be stocked the week of June 17, and fishing should be good.

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

Wallowa County ponds on the forest and in the valley received a fresh batch of stocked trout this week 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

Kokanee fishing is picking up for anglers. While most are finding moderate catch rates, the quality of fish is very good with kokanee to 4 pounds. 

Trout fishing has been good for holdover and recently stocked fish.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish, trout

The Wallowa River flows fluctuate regularly this time of year. Look for long periods of dropping flows when the river clears to find good fishing for trout and whitefish.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout, crappie

With recent warmer temperatures, crappie fishing should be good. Fish off the boat dock or in the upper ends of the reservoir arms.

The reservoir was stocked with trophy sized rainbow tout the week of April 1.

Winter and early spring are best months to target trout; fish with night crawlers or PowerBait on the bottom. Water levels are raising quickly, with spring runoff, and this will likely put the water off color. The reservoir is stocked with fingerlings annually, which should now be in the 10- to 12-inch range.

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