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Statewide intermittent network connection issues are affecting ODFW’s licensing system for some customers and license sales agents. 

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.

Angling prohibited within a 200 ft radius of all tributary mouths (including 200ft into the tributary) of the mainstem Umpqua River. 

Fishing restrictions needed due to poor forecasted returns.

Fishing restrictions needed due to poor forecasted returns.

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Northeast Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of July 15, 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.

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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We want your photos
Attention anglers – we want your photos!

Whether you’re out after trout or bass, steelhead or salmon, surfperch or rockfish, we’d love to see photos of your adventure. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!

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Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • This weekend is the perfect time to take a friend or family member fishing. It’s Free Fishing Weekend, Aug. 17-18, which means they won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon (that’s open to fishing, crabbing or clamming).
  • Trout fishing on the Wallowa River is currently good with fish to 20-inches being reported. 
  • The upper Imnaha fishes well for trout and whitefish during the summer months.
  • This is a good time for some huckleberry picking and fishing at Jubilee Lake -- fish early and late to avoid the swimmers and boaters.

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.

CUTSFORTH POND: trout

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

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

The Grande Ronde has reached base flows and fishing for trout is probably slow with warmer water. The lower river fishes very well for bass during the summer months. Try fishing between the state line with Washington and the town of Troy.

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

The upper Imnaha fishes well for trout and whitefish during the summer months.

The lower river often fishes well for bass during the summer months as they move in from the Snake River.

Remember, there are bull trout and spring Chinook in the river and they should 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

This is a great destination to beat the summer heat and it’s scheduled to be stocked this week. Look for trout to seek out the deepest and coolest water, bank anglers should head for the dam and east side of the lake, boaters should fish slowly along the bottom in the center of the lake.

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 was stocked in early June, and fishing should be good for both stocked and carry over rainbow trout. 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.

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. No recent fishing reports.

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

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

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.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, bass

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