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Grande Ronde and Wallowa River Fishing Report December 11, 2014


Grande Ronde River Fly Fishing ReportGRANDE RONDE, WALLOWA, IMNAHA RIVERS:
The Grande Ronde River is open for steelhead as of Sept. 1. There is a large proportion of big two-salt steelhead in the rivers this year!

The ice has flushed out and the water is just a bit off-color and lower than usual for this time of year. Plenty of fish and swinging and deep nymphing the slots are both working well.

Check on conditions before you go!  Boggan's Oasis (509) 256-3372

Wallowa River: A couple of early steelhead catches reported in the canyon bodes well for this season - fish on!

Grande Ronde River Flows at Troy, Oregon


Real-time water flow data from USGS:




BULL PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: rainbow and brook trout

Remains open all year. Approximately 200 trophy rainbow trout were stocked on Sept. 23. The reservoir has frozen and should provide good ice fishing for the remainder of the winter. Proceed with caution, ice may be too thin to support anglers.

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: steelhead

Anglers have recently reported good steelhead fishing on the Grande Ronde. Flows are up and fishing should continue to be productive as long as temperatures hold. Boating will be much easier for both rafters and drift boaters. With cooling water temps look for fish to move to calmer water where they can conserve energy while holding.

A healthy proportion of two salt fish has resulted in a large average size this year. So, expect a few larger fish and some screaming drags! Remember, only adipose-fin clipped rainbow trout may be retained and all bull trout must be released unharmed.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: trout

Remains open all year. Trophy trout were stocked on Sept. 23 and should provide good fishing for the remainder of the year. Proceed with caution if pond is iced over. Ice may be too thin to support anglers.

HUNTER POND: trout

Hunter Pond is located about 3 miles south of Hwy 244 off of USFS Rd 5160. The pond is located on the 710 spur just west of 5160. The pond was stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout in mid-September.

IMNAHA RIVER: Steelhead

PIT-tag detections show a number of steelhead moving up the lower river and anglers have had success finding good numbers of early fish. A few steelhead can be found in the lower river all winter; however, the best times to catch steelhead in the Imnaha are in the early fall and spring. Fall chinook are in the lower river to spawn.

There is no open Chinook season on the Imnaha River. Please release these fish unharmed and allow them to spawn.

steelhead caught on the lower John Day
Justin Botefuhr with his steelhead
-Photo by Rick Hargrave-

JOHN DAY RIVER: Steelhead

River flow is now over 500 cfs at the Service Creek Gauge RM 157 and summer steelhead have begun moving into the lower 100 miles of river below Clarno. PIT-tag detections at RM 20 are increasing and show a surge of steelhead moving up river in late November. The mouth of Rock Creek and Cottonwood Canyon State Park provide the best bank access. Floating with drift boats is now possible but water temperatures will be cold.

Flies and lures will not do as well in the cold water but bait fishing should still produce steelhead. ODFW encourages all anglers to keep any ad-clipped steelhead taken in this fishery. All wild (adipose intact) steelhead must be released unharmed.

Check John Day River flows

LONG CREEK POND, CAVENDER POND: trout

Remain open all year. Trophy trout were stocked on Sept. 23 and should provide good fishing for the remainder of the year. Bass fishing is likely poor with the onset of freezing temperatures. Proceed with caution if pond is iced over. Ice may be too thin to support anglers.

LUGER POND: trout

The pond was recently stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

Remains open all year. Ice fishing is fair for brook trout and rainbow. Proceed with caution if lake is iced over. Ice may be too thin to support anglers.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

Fishing for rainbow trout should improve with the recent cooler weather.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout in late September.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout in late September.

ROWE CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Remains open all year. Trout fishing is fair but the water level is very low. Proceed with caution if pond is iced over. Ice may be too thin to support anglers.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: rainbow trout

This was a new stocking site in 2013. The pond is located in a gravel pit just off USFS Rd. 7740, approximately ½ mile south of the Jct. with USFS Rd. 7700. The pond was recently stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout.

UMATILLA FOREST PONDS: trout

The forest ponds remain open to angling year around and can provide a good opportunity for ice fishing during the winter months.

UMATILLA RIVER: steelhead

Angers are continuing to catch good numbers of steelhead despite the cold weather. Steelhead fishing was great last week with anglers averaging 2.0 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers are concentrating on the lower river downstream of Threemile Dam and the backwater area of the Columbia River. Anglers are find best success using bobbers and jigs for steelhead.

Salmon season is now closed. Anglers should consult the synopsis for detailed regulations.

Threemile Dam fish counts

rainbow trout on a stringer
Rainbow Trout on a stringer
-Photo by Bob Swingle-

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Some rainbow trout are still available and tagged fish are occasionally being reported. Trout have been caught with a variety of methods but a simple rig with PowerBait has been most effective. If the cold weather continues and the lake freezes, ice fishing can be good for both kokanee and trout.

The lake was stocked with tagged rainbow trout in an effort by ODFW to better understand the utilization of this fishery. Tagged fish have been caught at very high rates and over $2,700 in rewards have been paid.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

The Wallowa is currently open for steelhead fishing and anglers have reported finding a few fish. However, the best catch rates will be in the late winter and spring. Remember the Wallowa River is a whitefish factory. Whitefish can be a great way to keep kids interested while steelhead fishing and can be great table fair. Simply tie in a small bead-head nymph dropper while fishing under a bobber and let the fun begin.

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SOUTHEAST OREGON FLY FISHING REPORT

  • Ana River is a great match the hatch fly fishing river with good hatches throughout the winter.

If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These waterbodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

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We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

ANA RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout, hybrid bass

The reservoir is extremely low. Launching boats is unlikely. Although fishing pressure at Ana Reservoir is typically low this time of year, fish are active with cooling temperatures. Hybrid bass are traditionally targeted using crank baits, however they are caught in the reservoir using various methods including bait. Trout are averaging 12 to 14-inches and hybrid bass larger than 20-inches are not uncommon.

ANA RIVER: hatchery rainbow trout

Fishing should be good for rainbow trout in Ana River. The Ana River is spring fed and rainbow trout are active throughout the year. The river was sampled on June 5 to evaluate the current stocking strategy and size of trout in the river. We found smaller trout (8 to 10-inches) were dominant from the dam for about 2 miles downstream. Larger trout up to 14-inches are more common in areas where access is more difficult. Anglers can access these trout by floating the river in a pontoon or float tube. Caddis flies are the dominant invertebrate. Small blue winged olive (size 18) mayflies should be hatching.

Ana River is a great match the hatch fly fishing river with good hatches throughout the winter. Hatches typically occur during the afternoon from 12-3 p.m. the best time. Small mayfly hatches are typically best on overcast days with light rain or snow. The roads paralleling the river are likely very muddy. Anglers can park at Ana Reservoir and hike down or park at the lower road crossing and hike up.

Ana River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

Brook Trout
Brook Trout
-Photo by Kevin Clawson-

ANNIE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

ANTHONY LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake was stocked several times in July with legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout. Fall is a special time to fish this lake as fishing pressure is light and the bite picks up with cooler water temps.

BALM CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, crappie

The reservoir has been drained. Trout will be restocked next spring.

BEULAH RESERVOIR: redband trout, hatchery rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout

No recent fishing report. The reservoir water level is very low with irrigation use and boat ramps are not useable. The reservoir is partially frozen but open water is still available for fishing. USBR crews have been tagging fish populations in the reservoir over the last several years. If you catch a tagged trout report it to the Hines office at 541-573-6582.

BLITZEN RIVER: redband trout

No recent fishing report. The river is currently flowing between 30 to 35 cfs with water temperatures in the mid-30s to mid-40s°F. The East Canal, Bridge Creek, Mainstem Blitzen above Bridge Creek and the Little Blitzen River is open for catch-and-release for trout. The South Loop Road is currently open to the South Steens Campground.

BLUE LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

You will likely encounter snow on your way into Blue Lake. Fishing is not recommended at this time. Blue lake is a fantastic high elevation lake located in the Gearhart Wilderness between Bly and Lakeview. A three mile trail leads to the lake and is a 1-2 hour hike. Fish were sampled by net and hook and line sampling. Rainbow trout ranged from 6 to 17-inches and were in healthy condition. The trout at this lake see little pressure and are easy to catch using flies, lures or bait.

BULLY CREEK RESERVOIR: bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, trout

The reservoir water level continues to decline with irrigation withdrawal. Boat ramp is not usable. No recent fishing report.

BURNS POND: trout, bass

About 2,000 legal (8 to 11-inches) rainbow trout were stocked in the pond the week of Oct. 3. Ice formed with the recent cold weather, but has since receded and the pond is almost entirely open water. Fishing should be good for rainbow trout over the next few weeks and consistent throughout the winter.

BURNT RIVER: rainbow trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

CAMPBELL LAKE: brook trout, rainbow trout

Access could be blocked by snow.

CHEWAUCAN RIVER: redband trout

The river downstream of Paisley closes to trout fishing after Oct. 31. The river upstream of Hwy 31 at Paisley is open and the use of bait in this section of the river is PROHIBITED! Access across property owned by the J-Spear Ranch will be closed to anglers beginning after July 7, 2014. The ranch is taking this action as a fish conservation measure to protect fish during months when the water becomes warmer.

rainbow trout on a stringer
Rainbow Trout on a stringer
-Photo by Bob Swingle-

CHICKAHOMINY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir is low and the boat ramp is out of the water by 10-15 feet. Ice has formed on the reservoir, BUT it is not safe. There are some open water areas along the shore, and around rocks and the dock and the recent warmer weather could open up more of the lake. Trout numbers will be down this fall, but anglers should be able to catch some trout now that temperatures have fallen.

COTTONWOOD MEADOWS: rainbow trout, brook trout

Access might be blocked by snow and the reservoir could be frozen.

COW LAKES: largemouth bass, white crappie, brown bullheads, rainbow trout

The upper lake is full and the lower one is dry.

As of 2013, the lakes will no longer be stocked with rainbow trout due to poor habitat quality. Ice fisherman reported poor success for warm water species and trout.

DEADHORSE LAKE: rainbow trout

Access might be blocked by snow. Fishing should be good.

DELINTMENT LAKE: trout

No recent reports, but fishing should become better as water temperatures decline during the fall. Ice has formed on the reservoir, BUT it is not safe.

DEMING CREEK: redband trout

Fishing is closed until April 25, 2015.

DEVILS LAKE (FISHHOLE CREEK): largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead

No reports.

DOG LAKE: largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead

Sampling in June confirmed that brown bullheads are dominating the fishery this year. The bullheads range in size from 8 to 14-inches and are a great fish for kids.
Bass anglers have reported the best bass fishing at the reservoir in years with fish of various sizes caught. Bank and boat access is excellent at the lake.

DUNCAN RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports.

EAGLE CREEK: rainbow trout, brook trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

FISH LAKE (Wallowa Montains): rainbow trout, brook trout

Stocked with rainbows the last week of June. Fishing should pick up with cooler fall temperatures and light fishing pressure. Snow will begin to make access to this lake difficult.

FOURMILE CREEK (tributary to Agency Lake): brook, brown, and redband trout.

Open to fishing all year. Fourmile Creek off Westside road just north of Cherry Creek is open all year with bait allowed. Fishing should be good for brook trout. A few large brown trout occur in the stream. Access is available off Westside Road at Fourmile Springs. A small car topper boat or canoe can improve fishing access at this area. Anlgers should be aware of private property around this area and can check the following Klamath County Landownership for information -- Klamath County Land Ownership.

FOURMILE LAKE: rainbow trout, lake trout, kokanee, brook trout

Conditions at the lake are cold and snowy. The road into Fourmile might be blocked by snow. Anglers can call Lake of the Woods Resort for more information. The lake is currently at dead pool.

Fourmile Lake levels

GERBER RESERVOIR: crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead and largemouth bass

The lake is only 1 percent full, which makes launching boats challenging if possible. Fishing is slow.

HAINES POND: rainbow

The pond was stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout in late September.

HEART LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee

No recent reports.

HOLBROOK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Bag and size limits have been lifted at the reservoir to enable anglers to harvest rainbow trout before it goes dry. Anglers can also try fishing Lofton Reservoir or Heart Lake, though all these lakes might be frozen.

HWY 203 POND: trout, bass, bluegill

Fishing for trout and warmwater fish should improve with cooler fall temperatures.

J.C. BOYLE RESERVOIR (Topsy Reservoir): Largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, crappie, goldfish

Fishing is very slow for warmwater fish such as crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish and brown bullhead catfish. The reservoir is turbid therefore anglers should try lures with high visibility and scent. Boats can be launched in several locations in the reservoir. Unimproved ramps occur just north and south of the Highway 66 bridge crossing. No fees are required to launch at these locations. Try the bay just south of the BLM campground for crappie and pumpkinseed. Also try the rocky areas near and under the bridge. Goldfish dominate the fish assemblage in the reservoir. Anglers should mimic the goldfish with bronze or copper lures or plugs to catch largemouth bass in the reservoir. Water temperatures in the reservoir are peaking at about 42 degrees.

Redband Trout
Klamath Redband Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

UPPER KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: native redband trout and yellow perch

The lake is turbid therefore bank fishing or still fishing has been more productive than trolling or casting from a boat. Fishing is generally slow with catch rates averaging 7 hours per redband from boat and 30 hours per redband from the shore. Most anglers are fishing from shore near Moore Park, off highway 140 or at Eagle Ridge County Park. Water temperature has increased slightly to 41 degrees. Water temperatures around 58-60 degrees are ideal for redband trout activity. The lake is 4.3 feet below full pool. ODFW encourages catch and release as this fishery is managed for trophy trout. Redband trout captured should not be removed from the water, resuscitated by cradling and pumping gills by moving fish back and forth through the water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.

Upper Klamath Lake is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

KLAMATH RIVER: native rainbow-redband trout

The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir is open to fishing. Fishing is fair but is the best bet for winter fishing in the Klamath Area. The current flow is 603 cfs. Water clarity is good. Water temperatures are averaging around 42 degrees. Flows remain ideal for a successful fishing outing. The Klamath River is a rugged river with extremely difficult wading. The river is also always turbid. ODFW recommends wearing studded wading shoes, wading belt, and polarized glasses to observe boulders. Fish can also be landed easier with a landing net in the fast pocket water. Most fish being captured are less than 16 inches. Most fish are feeding on minnows. Fishing remains open throughout the fall and winter.

The Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse offers fair spinner fishing. Most fish in this section are small and average 10 inches. Below the springs this section remains near a constant 360 cfs of flow and water temperatures are much warmer in this section. Fishing is best below the spring inputs. This section of river requires a hike down steep grade to the river with the exception of the area just above the powerhouse.

Below the JC Boyle powerhouse the fish get slightly larger than the aforementioned reach and average 12 inches but rarely exceed sixteen inches. River flows in this section are typically quite high during the day. If flow levels are 900 cfs or lower the river is fishable. Dead drifting rubber legged stonefly patterns and/or bead head pheasant tails can be good. Casting leech or wooly buggers upstream into fast water pockets and pools and stripping can be very effective. Look for blue winged olive mayfly hatches in the afternoon. Most fish are in the 6-8 inch range but numerous 12 inch fish can be caught with 16 inches the maximum. Flows will be high through most daylight hours. The past week the fishable flows have occurred at 3:00 pm. Flow release estimates have been discontinued until next spring.

Klamath River is a good TROUT 365 fishery – good trout fishing 365 days a year.

KRUMBO RESERVOIR: trout, bass

A recent change in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge policy has allowed year-round fishing at this reservoir. However, no ice-fishing is allowed. ODFW has enacted a temporary rule to modify the regulation language to allow anglers to continue fishing at this reservoir from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 2014. The 2015 angling regulations will note the year-round angling regulation. Anglers have reported moderate success for rainbow trout up to 19-inches recently. Water remains high and boats can be launched at the boat ramp.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
-Photo by Roger Smith-

LAKE OF THE WOODS: hatchery rainbow trout, kokanee, hatchery brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, tui chub

Call Lake of the Woods Resort for recent reports Toll Free at 866-201-4194. Fishing for brown trout can be fair this time of year as they move into the shallows and also feed aggressively after the spawn. Yellow perch can also be caught using small bait.

LOFTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Snow and mud will make accessing the reservoir challenging.

LONG CREEK: brook trout, redband trout, bull trout

Long Creek is closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

LOST RIVER: largemouth bass, brown bullhead, yellow perch

Lost River is open to fishing all year but will likely freeze sometime next month. Public access is available at Crystal Springs day use area. Anglers can fish from the specifically designed bridge for fishing at this location. Boats can be launched from an improved boat ramp at Crystal Springs. Sacramento perch have been captured below Horseshoe Dam. This is one of the only locations in the state to capture this fish. The Lost River is open to fishing year round.

MALHEUR RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Recent reports indicate that the reservoir is dry.

MALHEUR RIVER (Warm Springs Reservoir downstream to South Fork Malheur River): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout

Water releases from Warm Springs Reservoir are less than 1 cfs as of Dec. 8 and the reservoir is at dead-pool. Fishing is poor.

MALHEUR RIVER (from the South Fork Malheur River near Riverside, downstream to Gold Creek): redband trout and hatchery rainbow trout.

Fishing is slow and ice has formed on much of the river.

MALHEUR RIVER, NORTH FORK: redband trout, whitefish, and bull trout

No recent reports.

MALHEUR RIVER, MIDDLE FORK: redband trout, brook trout, and bull trout

No recent reports.

MANN LAKE: trout

No recent fishing reports, but anglers had been catching good numbers of large cutthroat trout this spring. Most fish are 14 to 16-inches long, with several over 20-inches being caught. Expect water levels to be low and ice could be present following the recent cold weather.

MILLER LAKE: brown trout, kokanee, rainbow trout, brook trout

Access might be blocked by snow. Anglers can call the Chemult Ranger District of the USFS (541-365-7001) for more information. The 12 mile gravel road into Miller Lake is in horrible condition with numerous washboards. The dock has been taken out for the winter and the bathrooms with running water have been closed.

MUD LAKE: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent reports. Road is likely very muddy

MURRAY RESERVOIR: trout

Fishing should improve with cooler fall temperatures.

NORTH POWDER POND: rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with trophy-sized rainbow trout in late September.

OVERTON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

Access to the reservoir is likely difficult due to snow or mud.

The Owynee River
The Owyhee River
-Photo by Jessica Sall-

OWYHEE RESERVOIR: largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish

No recent reports, but angling is expected to be slow. The access road to the reservoir was snow-packed/icy due to cold weather during the week of Nov. 17. No boat ramps are useable based on the Bureau of Reclamation webpage.

OWYHEE RIVER (Lower): brown trout and hatchery rainbow trout

Water releases below the dam were at 16 cfs as of Dec. 2. Ice has formed on the river making fishing difficult except at a few locations.

OWYHEE RIVER (Upper): smallmouth bass and channel catfish

No recent reports, but fishing is expected to be slow.

PHILLIPS RESERVOIR: trout, perch

The reservoir is at 15 percent of capacity. Fishing for rainbow trout and yellow perch should improve with cooler fall temperatures. A second batch of tiger muskie were released into the reservoir in early July of 2014. Anglers are reminded that tiger muskie are restricted to catch-and-release only. No harvest or removal from the reservoir is allowed. The last stocking of legal-sized rainbow trout occurred late June. In early May, 7,500 tiger trout were released. These fish will be 8 to 10-inches when released and should be much larger by fall. As with the tiger muskie, fishing for tiger trout is restricted to catch and release only. Launching boats at the Union Creek Campground boat launch is not possible. Launching at the boat launch adjacent to the dam is feasible, but rough due to pot holes in the ramp.

PILCHER RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir water level is low, and the water level is now below the low water boat launch. Launching of boats is not possible. The reservoir closes to fishing on Nov. 1.

POISON CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

Ice has formed at the reservoir, but it is unsafe at this time. The limit is 2 per day, please respect the fishing regulations for the reservoir.

POLE CREEK RESERVOIR: hatchery rainbow trout

No recent report. Access to the reservoir may be difficult due to snow, mud or ice.

POWDER RIVER: trout, spring Chinook

The Powder River below Mason Dam was last stocked in June and is now at minimum flow.

Brown Trout
Brown Trout
-Photo by Patti Abbot-

SAND AND SCOTT CREEKS: brook trout and brown trout

Sand and Scott Creeks are very small spring fed streams west of Hwy 97 near the Silver Lake highway junction. Fishing on these small streams is open year-round with bait allowed. Most fish are less than 8-inches long.

SEVENMILE CREEK: brook trout, brown trout, redband trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

SKY LAKES AND MOUNTAIN LAKE WILDERNESS: brook trout and rainbow trout

Access is blocked by snow.

SHERLOCK GULCH RESERVOIR: rainbow trout

No recent reports, but fish should be available for anglers to catch.

SPRING CREEK: redband trout, brown trout and brook trout

Closed to fishing until May 23, 2015. Significant numbers of brown trout and a few redband trout continue to spawn at the mouth of Spring Creek at Collier State Park and make for great fish watching.

SPRAGUE RIVER: redband trout, brown trout, largemouth bass and yellow perch

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

NORTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

SOUTH FORK SPRAGUE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES: brook trout, redband trout, brown trout, bull trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

SUN CREEK: brook trout, bull trout, brown trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

SYCAN RIVER: brook trout, redband trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

THOMPSON RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, largemouth bass

Water levels at the reservoir are lower than normal, but trout and bass are still available for anglers. No recent reports.

THIEF VALLEY RESERVOIR: trout

The reservoir was recently drained by the Lower Powder River Irrigation District. The reservoir will not be restocked with rainbow trout in November due to low water.

No opportunity for ice fishing will exist this winter. Stocking plans for spring 2015 will be dependent on water supply.

TWIN LAKES: rainbow trout, brook trout

The lake at the campground was stocked with legal-sized rainbows the last week of June. Fishing should improve with cooler fall temperatures.

Snow will begin to make access to this lake difficult.

UNITY RESERVOIR: trout, bass, crappie

The reservoir is at about11 percent of capacity. Anglers are reminded that a new regulation restricts the harvest of bass to those under 15-inches long.

rainbow trout
Rainbow Trout
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-

VEE LAKE: rainbow trout

Anglers can access the reservoir, but vegetation is beginning to present problems for bank anglers. It is best to take a boat, float tube, or pontoon boat this time of year so you can fish the open water.

WARM SPRINGS RESERVOIR: smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, perch, rainbow trout

The reservoir is at dead-pool and fishing is slow. Mud, snow or ice will make accessing the reservoir difficult.

LOWER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband and brown trout

Closed to fishing until May 23, 2015.

UPPER WILLIAMSON RIVER: redband and brook trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

WILLOW VALLEY RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, lahontan cutthroat

Mud, snow or ice will make accessing the reservoir difficult.

WOLF CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, trout

Fishing for 8 to 11-inch rainbow trout is very good. The water level is now below the boat launch so fishing with larger trailered boats is not possible. Try flyfishing with a float tube or trolling with a small car-top type boat.

WOOD RIVER and all tributaries: redband, brown, brook and bull trout

Closed to fishing until April 25, 2015.

YELLOWJACKET LAKE: trout