Eastern Oregon fishing report

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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports bi-weekly, here is last week’s report.

We are in the middle of another heat wave, with temperatures in the high 90s and 100s through the region, and a heat advisory through Saturday at 8PM. There is on and off smoke haze in the Cascades, High Desert, and Southeast Oregon.

ODFW News Update: In Wallowa County, the bag and size limits will be lifted for the following bodies of water from July 14 through Sept. 30:

  • Honeymoon Pond
  • Tee Pee Pond
  • McGraw Pond
  • Salt Creek Summit Pond, and;
  • Kinney Lake
In Baker County, the bag and size limits will be lifted for the following bodies of water July 15 through Oct. 10:

  • Phillips Reservoir between Mason Dam and Hudspeth Road
  • Thief Valley Reservoir, and;
  • Powder River between Thief Valley Reservoir and Phillips Reservoir
EXCEPTIONS: Bull Trout and Tiger Muskie must be released unharmed in the water body they are encountered.

Hoot Owl Restrictions: Walla Walla River and Tributaries

  • Effective July 1 through September 30, all angling for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and trout is closed from 2:00 p.m. to one hour before sunrise in the Walla Walla River and all tributaries.
Ana Reservoir: LIKELY AFFECTED BY SMOKE FROM THE BOOTLEG FIRE There are reports of good fishing on Ana Reservoir for legal and trophy size trout.

Trolling lures and flies, and bait are taking fish.

Blitzen River: The Blitzen has warmed up with temperatures in the 70s. This is not a good fishing option right now, especially with the current hot weather.

Lofton Reservoir: Affected by the Bootleg fire. Inaccessible.

Lofton is slowing down. Try early morning. Fishing for stocked legal and trophy trout. Spoons are working, as are slow trolled leech flies.

Sprague River: Inaccessible. Heavily affected by the Bootleg Fire. Consider this river to be off-limits for the time being.

Williamson River: The upper Williamson is off-limits from the Bootleg Fire and parts of the area have burned, and lower stretches are affected in some areas as well.

Klamath River: Closed between Keno dam and JC Boyle Reservoir. Golden stones are active below JC Boyle dam. Evening caddis activity below JC Boyle.

Owyhee River: Evenings with streamers are the time to hit the Owyhee.

Wallowa Lake: Wallowa Lake was recently stocked with 5400 legal size trout and 180 trophy trout. The lake remains one of the viable fishing options in the heat. The kokanee bite is on and catch rates are good. Grande Ronde River: Report from Rob at the Joseph Fly Shoppe are that there are active stone flies on the lower portion. Good Bass fishing below Troy. The river has dropped to a nice level.

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