Regulation Updates as of May 4, 2020
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.
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As trout fishing slows with warming summer temperatures at mid to low elevation lakes, ponds and reservoirs, fishing opportunities are just opening up at higher elevations. Over the next few weeks access will open up to high lakes in the Wallowa Mountains (Eagle Cap Wilderness Area) only accessible by trail. For the adventurous angler, these lakes provide a great opportunity for some solitude, spectacular scenery, and good fishing for scrappy brook and rainbow trout.
River conditions in the Grande Ronde and Imnaha basins may start high this week but will drop to good fishing levels by the weekend or early next week. Some areas are experiencing good bug hatches that will result in trout actively feeding. Also, look for bass fishing to start heating up in the lower ends of Snake River tributaries. In headwater areas, fishing for small wild trout can be good.
We have taken down the online trout stocking schedule in order to prevent public crowding at waterbodies when we deliver hatchery fish. We will continue stocking trout but we will deliver on a slightly different schedule and at some different locations to avoid a rush of anglers showing up along with the hatchery truck.
NOTE: Local ODFW offices do not have access to the trout stocking schedule either.
Check out the to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.
We’re asking our local biologist to focus more on highlighting the best fishing opportunities on specific waterbodies, while shortening the long list of individual locations, many of which were rarely updated.
Each zone report begins with an update of general conditions for lakes/ponds and rivers/streams, a list of best bets for the upcoming week, and announcements. We’ve kept the alphabetical list of waterbodies, but shortened it to include those waterbodies that are 1) popular with anglers looking for updates for a specific location, and 2) updated regularly (but not necessarily weekly) with stocking, fishing, access and water/ice conditions information.
This is a work in progress, and we expect it will take time for everyone (ODFW staff and customers) to find their way around the new format.
So, thank you for your patience. And let us know what you think – send an email to and put “Web comment” in the subject line.
We continue to urge anglers and others recreating outside to stay close to home, keep your social distance, and travel safely. Here’s more information about
ALDRICH PONDS (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout (2 fish limit)
The ponds will be stocked in the next few weeks. We received reports of some trophy fish being caught earlier in the year. Recent warmer weather will begin affecting fishing due to growth of aquatic weeds. Last updated 6/24/20.
BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow trout
No recent report.
GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass
The Grande Ronde River flows will continue to drop over the next few weeks. As flows drop look for good fly fishing in the section between the mouth of the Wallowa and Troy. Golden stoneflies are currently hatching and trout will be keyed in on these large meals. Dry fly-fishing can be fantastic.
As flows continue to drop and water temperatures warm, bass fishing below Troy can be good with great public access. updated 7/1/20.
IMNAHA RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass, steelhead
Warming conditions have resulted in increased flows and the river will be high and fishing will be difficult for a bit. Success may still be found depending on water clarity. Use natural baits or large dark artificials until water quality improves.
Remember that Chinook salmon and bull trout are present in the system and may not be retained. If caught, please remember to handle these fish with care and release them unharmed. Last updated 7/1/20.
JOHN DAY RIVER: steelhead, bass
River flows are still holding well, making floating a viable option. Anglers should be targeting smallmouth bass, and recent reports suggest higher numbers of larger bass are being caught. Please note the BLM has a new boater permit system for the John Day, and there are limited numbers of overnight trips available.
MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout
The lake has been stocked, and fishing should be really good. Last update 6/24/20.
McNARY PONDS: walleye
No recent report. The ponds have been stocked with trout.
The ponds have a surprisingly good population of walleye, highest numbers are in the Social Security Pond, which also provides good bank access. Look for the deepest areas and use worms fished near the bottom and plastic grubs. The ponds are also open to non-motorized boats.
UMATILLA RIVER: steelhead
No recent report.
WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout
These Wallowa County ponds are stocked in spring/early summer: Honeymoon Pond, Kinney Lake, Marr Pond, Mcgraw Pond, Salt Creek Summit Pond, Teepee Pond, Victor Pond, Weaver Pond. All these ponds have been recently stocked and fishing should be good. Last updated 6/24/20.
WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout
Fishing has been good at Wallowa Lake for kokanee, rainbow trout and lake trout. Kokanee over 12 inches have been common with a few very large fish available. Anglers targeting lake trout have had fair success with some very large fish being boated. Rainbow trout have been recently stocked and fishing at the south end of the lake has been good. Last updated 6/24/20.
WALLOWA RIVER: whitefish, trout
The Wallowa River flows will continue to drop over the next few weeks. As flows drop look for good fly fishing in the canyon section above Minam. Golden stoneflies are currently hatching and trout will be keyed in on these large meals. Dry fly fishing can be fantastic. Last updated 7/1/20.
WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout
No recent report.