The Wild and Scenic Imnaha River flows east and north for about 64 miles from its source in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of the Wallowa Mountains to its confluence with the Snake River 4 miles above the confluence of the Snake and Salmon Rivers. Beautiful rugged canyons guard this jewel of a steelhead and rainbow fishery. It is a long trip from anywhere except the village of Imnaha, which helps keep the pressure relatively light. This isn't a river that can take a lot of fishing pressure, so its remote location serves it well.
Steelhead season runs from September through April 1 and only adipose clipped fish may be kept. Protected Chinook Salmon are in the river spawning at the same time, so take care not to disturb redds when wading. The river is an excellent rainbow fishery with bows to 18" in the lower river and lots of 8-10" bows in the upper river above Imnaha. There is reasonably good access, but it is interspersed with a lot of private land, so be a good angling citizen and make sure you are not trespassing. There is excellent access in the stretches upstream in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, with good fishing for small native trout and lots of campgrounds at higher elevations for summer trips.
HOME WATERS: THE GRANDE RONDE RIVER The Grande Ronde River is born of mountain snows in the Blue Mountains of Northeast Oregon and embarks on a 200-mile circular journey to join the Snake River in Southeast Washington. This is a serious steelhead river....Read more about the Grande Ronde River!
HOME WATERS: THE WALLOWA RIVER The beautiful Wallowa River runs about 50 miles from its outlet on the north end of Wallowa Lake at the foot of the Wallowa Mountains – rightly called ‘The Alps of the West’- in Northeast Oregon to its confluence with the Grande Ronde River....Read more about the Wallowa River!