Regulation Updates as of June 17, 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 water temperatures begin to cool with the onset of fall, look for trout fishing to pick up. In addition to some fall stocked fish (see individual entries), there should be some holdover trout from spring stocking.
Fall can be an excellent time to visit the 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 are currently good for fishing. With some recent rain and cooling temperatures fishing should be good for trout, whitefish and steelhead
River levels in the John Day remain at summer lows, making boating and rafting very difficult.
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.
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2020 wildfire effects on fishing: Check before you go
ODFW can’t tell you whether to go fishing or not. We will try to steer you to information about fire closures, access issues and air quality considerations so you can make an informed decision about whether to go.
You’ll now find all wildfire information related to hunting, fishing and recreating, on both public and private land, in one . This page will be updated frequently, so be sure to check again before you go.
Tips to recreate responsibly
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)
No recent fishing reports. Aquatic weed growth may make fishing challenging, but cooler temperatures and recent rains should improve fishing conditions. Last updated 9/30/20.
GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass, steelhead
Fishing for trout on the Grande Ronde has been good for large wild and hatchery rainbow trout.
Steelhead have started making an appearance, with reports of fish being caught with flies, spinners, and bait. The bag limit has been reduced to 2 hatchery steelhead per day to ensure enough broodstock can be collected at hatchery facilities. The steelhead run has improved from last year, but is still well below the 10-year average.
The Grande Ronde will be open to harvest of coho from Oct.1 to Nov. 30 from the Washington state line upstream to the Grande Ronde River Rd. Bridge approximately 7 miles above the town of Troy. The bag limit is 2 adult coho (>20 inches) and 5 jack coho (≤20 inches) with two daily jack limits in possession. Anglers are encouraged to brush up on their species ID before harvesting fish in the Grande Ronde.
Fall Chinook salmon will also be present, but may not be harvested and should be released immediately and unharmed. Last updated 9/30/20.
IMNAHA RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass, steelhead
Fishing for whitefish in the upper reaches of the Imnaha can be good as fish move upstream to spawn in the fall.
Imnaha steelhead are moving through the mainstem Snake and Columbia. There should be a few fish already in the river and fall fishing can be great in the Lower river. Look for fish numbers to increase later in the month.
The bag limit has been reduced to 2 hatchery steelhead per day to ensure enough broodstock can be collected at hatchery facilities.
Fall Chinook will be very visible in the lower reaches through November. It is not legal to fish for fall Chinook in the Imnaha River and anglers should avoid these fish and allow them to spawn. Remember, if you catch a bull trout it must be released unharmed. Last updated 9/02/20.
JOHN DAY RIVER: steelhead, bass
No recent fishing reports. River flows have increased to near 300 cfs and will remain steady over the next week. Cooler temperatures and recent rains will help boating conditions. Single person float tubes are still useful, but larger drift boats and rafts are not recommended at current flows.
Smallmouth bass fishing will begin to slow down with decreasing water temperatures. Steelhead are moving into the lower river and fishing should pick up. Fishing in the lower river around Cottonwood Canyon State Park will be the best bet during this early season.
Please note BLM has a new boater permit system in place for the John Day, and there are now limited overnight fall permits in Segment 1 from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30. Segment 1 is from Cottonwood Bridge to Tumwater Falls. BLM permit information is available at recreation.gov Last updated 10/14/20.
MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout
No recent fishing reports. Water temperatures are beginning to cool in the lake, which will improve the trout fishing. Early morning and late evening will be best times to fish. Last updated 9/30/20.
McNARY PONDS: walleye
No recent report.
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
Fish began returning to the Threemile Dam facility on the Umatilla River in small numbers last week. Both fall Chinook and steelhead are returning with coho soon to begin. Last updated 9/16/20.
WALLOWA COUNTY PONDS: rainbow trout
These ponds were recently stocked with a small number of fish and fishing should be good. Honeymoon Pond, Kinney Lake, Marr Pond, Mcgraw Pond, Salt Creek Summit Pond, Teepee Pond, Victor Pond, Weaver Pond. Kinney Lake will be stocked in October to provide fish for the upcoming ice fishery. Last updated 9/30/20.
WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout
Fishing for rainbow trout in Wallowa Lake continues to be good. Boats are helpful but fishing from the east shore can be productive. With no recent stocking events, look for fish to have transitioned in diet to natural foods. Fish with artificial flies and lures that mimic natural organisms in the lake. Use baits such as night crawlers, maggots and eggs.
Kokanee fishing has dropped off with and we’ve received reports that fish are staging to spawn. This presents a good viewing opportunity in the Wallowa River above the lake over the next two months. Last updated 8/26/20.
WALLOWA RIVER: whitefish, trout, steelhead
The Wallowa River will continue to be good for trout and whitefish throughout the fall. Fish will likely be keying in on October caddis patterns and can be caught on both nymphs and dry flies. Recent reports indicate rainbow trout up to 18 inches have been common.
Steelhead season opened on Sept. 1 but fish aren’t generally available until later in the fall/early winter. Steelhead season opened with a reduced bag limit of 2 fish per day to ensure enough fish arrive at hatchery facilities to meet production goals. Last updated 9/30/20.
WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: trout
No recent report.