Recreation Report

Northeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of June 11, 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:

  • Wallowa Lake has been stocked with trout, and the kokanee fishing has been good for kokanee up to 20-inches.
  • Warmwater fishing – crappie, bass, walley, perch, brown bullhead – has been good. Go to places include Willow Creek Reservoir, McKay Reservoir, Cold Springs Reservoir and the Columbia River.
  • Chinook fishing continues to be good on the lower Umatilla below Threemile Dam.
  • Both the Umatilla and Walla Walla forest ponds were stocked recently.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These waterbodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, Willow or when access and/or opportunity improves.

ALDRICH PONDS (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

Fishing is good for stocked and holdover trout.

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

Fishing is good for stocked and carry-over trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

Spring fishing for trout and whitefish can be good with some great bug hatchers when river conditions allow. Floating from Minam to Troy through the roadless section can be a popular trip this time of year. Remember only hatchery rainbow trout may be kept below the mouth of the Wallowa River.

HATROCK POND: rainbow trout

The pond is has been stocked with legal-size trout and fishing should be good.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, bass

When spring runoff conditions allow, trout fishing can be good with salmonfly and caddis hatches. As spring progresses, smallmouth bass will move from the Snake River up the Imnaha and can provide some great days.

Anglers should be aware that bull trout are in the system and may be encountered. These fish should be released immediately.

Spring Chinook salmon are also beginning to return to the river. All Chinook must also be immediately released. There are currently no plans to open a salmon fishery due to poor returns.

JOHN DAY RIVER: bass

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good but river flows are still high.

Check river levels.

JUBLIEE LAKE: rainbow trout

The main road (FS 64) to Jubilee Lake is open, but the campground has yet to open so anglers must walk into the lake. Fishing should be good for carry over trout stocked last year.

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. Snow will likely limit winter access for ice anglers.

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 is now accessible and has been stocked with both legal- and trophy-size rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

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: trout, perch, crappie, bass

McKay can produce some good trout catches for bank anglers in the upper reservoir and for boat anglers trolling. The first warmwater fish to bite are perch followed by crappie and bass. With a few more warm days the bite should pick up.

McNARY CHANNEL PONDS: rainbow trout

The pond is has been stocked with legal-size trout and fishing should be good.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

The lake is now open for fishing and has been stocked with-trophy-sized rainbow trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

Snow may limit access to this location.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

PEACH (LADD) POND: rainbow trout

The pond has received its second stocking of the spring of legal-sized rainbow trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with plenty of legal and trophy-sized 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.

TATONE POND: rainbow trout

The pond is has been stocked with legal-size trout and fishing should be good.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

The Pond is now accessible and will be stocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow the week of May 21-25.

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 is now accessible and will be stocked with legal- and trophy-size rainbow the week of May 21-25.

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: spring Chinook

Spring Chinook anglers reported good catch rates last week, anglers averaged 5.3 hours fished per chinook caught. Effort dropped off last week but catch rates increased.

River conditions are good, but flows are dropping quickly and water temperatures are heating up quickly. All returning spring Chinook are now being transported upstream and released upstream of Pendleton, due to low river flows.

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

WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout

Wallowa Valley ponds (excluding Marr Pond) were recently stocked with legal and trophy trout and should produce good catch rates.

Kinney Lake has been fishing well for holdover trout up to 18-inches.  Multiple methods seem to work with evenings and mornings being best.

Stocking of Marr Pond will be halted while ODFW is in the process of replacing the outflow structure. Stocking of legal and trophy trout will resume when repairs have been completed.

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

Will be stocked this week, there have been reports of good catches of carry over trout from the ponds.

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Wallowa Lake was stocked with catchable rainbow trout last week and fishing has been good. 

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

Trout fishing will pick up in the Wallowa River as spring progresses and some large fish can be found. The Wallowa produces some fantastic caddis and golden stone hatches that can really put fish in the feeding mood. When water is high fish around any structure a fish may use for cover to up your success rate. Whitefish are also on bite and the Wallowa produces some of the larger whitefish around.

WILLOW CREEK: trout

Crappie are biting, with anglers reporting good numbers of 8- to 10-inch crappie. The reservoir was stocked the week of April 2 with 750 trophy trout. Anglers have been finding good success fishing for trout.

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was stocked the week of April 2 with 750 trophy trout. Anglers have been finding good success fishing for trout. Crappie anglers are beginning to catch good numbers of early season crappies.

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

Check the 2018 stocking schedule.