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Weekly Recreation Report: Northeast Zone

June 21, 2016

 Northeast Zone Fishing

rainbow trout
Katherine's first Trophy Trout in Grandpa's boat.
-Photo by Nathan Jones-

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Jubilee Lake will be stocked this week with legal and trophy size rainbow trout and should provide good angling.
  • With summer her now, think about warmwater fish – crappie and bass fishing has been good at McKay Reservoir lately, for example.
  • Aldrich Ponds, on the Phillips W. Schneider Wildlife Management Area east of Dayville, were recently stocked with rainbow trout.
  • Trout fishing has been good on the Wallowa River.
  • Many district water have been stocked with legal-sized trout and that will provide good fishing opportunities.

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Aldrich Ponds (Roosevelt and Stewart Lakes): trout

Aldrich Ponds are located on the Phillips W. Schneider Wildlife Management Area, located east of Dayville, OR. Hike in access only (1.3-1.7 mile hike), need a WMA parking permit. The ponds were recently stocked with rainbow trout (Bag limit: 2 trout per day; see pg. 53 in the regulations book).

GRANDE RONDE RIVER: trout, whitefish, bass

Trout fishing on the Grande Ronde can be good but is highly dependent on water clarity. During high runoff visibility will be poor and angling will be difficult. As the season progresses and flows recede smallmouth bass will move into the river and provide good catch rates.


The Hat Rock State Park provides a trail system with easy angler access to the pond for the entire family. Fishing for rainbow trout should be good.

HOLLIDAY PARK POND: rainbow trout

Pond has been stocked with legal-sized and trophy trout. Fishing has been good. An ADA fishing dock for anglers with disabilities is available.

HUNTER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

This pond will be stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 16. From I-84 take Hwy 244 towards Ukiah. At the Blue Mtns summit, turn left onto USFS Rd 5160. Proceed for approximately 3 miles to the Jct. of roads 5160 and 5155. Stay on 5160. Just past this Jct. on the right will be spur 710. Take this spur. The pond is just off 5160.

IMNAHA RIVER: trout, bass

Currently the river is very high and trout fishing will be difficult. Trout should be active this spring. Smallmouth bass will move into the lower river as summer progresses and can provide some great catch rates. The Imnaha will open June 15 for spring Chinook salmon from the confluence with the Snake River to the Summit Creek bridge. Bag limits will be 2 hatchery adults and 5 jacks. Anglers may not continue to fish for jacks once their adult limit is reached. Jacks are salmon under 24 inches. Wild Chinook should be released immediately and unharmed. Check daily for closure updates with creel staff, online, or with the Enterprise ODFW office. Bull trout are available for catch and release and should not be harmed. Biologists will be monitoring the salmon run and a decision on a season will be made in June.

JOHN DAY RIVER: spring Chinook

Smallmouth bass fishing is good with many fish being caught downstream from Kimberly.
River flows are currently dropping, make sure to check the flows before planning your trip.
John Day River flows

Jubilee Lake
Jubilee Lake
-Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW-


Jubilee Lake will be stocked this week with legal and trophy size rainbow trout and should provide good angling. The main lake entrance remains closed, best access is via the overflow camping area approximately ½ mile North of the main entrance.

This is a 97-acre lake located within the Umatilla Forest about 54 miles northeast of Pendleton. Located near the summit of the Blue Mountains at an elevation of 4,696 ft., Jubilee Lake can be snowbound until mid-June. Bank access is good, and during the spring and early summer, fish can be caught anywhere in the lake. As the water warms in August better fishing can be found in the deeper water near the dam at the southeast side of the lake.

Amenities include a 50-site Forest Service campground on the west side of the lake, an ADA-accessible 2.8 mile paved hiking trail around the lake, and a paved boat ramp. Only electric motors may be used on boats.


Long Creek and Cavender Pond have both been stocked with legal-sized and trophy trout. Fishing has been good.

LUGER POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Luger Pond was treated with the chemical fish toxicant rotenone in the fall of 2015 and all fish were removed. The pond with be restocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 16, 2016.

MAGONE LAKE: rainbow and brook trout

Lake is accessible and fishing has been fair for carry over trout. Stocking is scheduled to take place the second week of June.

McHALEY POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with legal-sized trout and fishing is good. There may also be some leftover trophy fish from the kids fishing derby available as well.


Crappie fishing should be getting good as fish move into the shallows to spawn, bass fishing has been good for both large and smallmouth. The reservoir is near full pool.


The ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good for rainbow trout. A trail system provides access to both pond and stream fishing and the area also has several handicap accessible fishing platforms.

MORGAN LAKE: rainbow trout

Open to fishing.

OLIVE LAKE: rainbow trout, brook trout, and kokanee

Trout stocking is scheduled for second week of June. No reports have been received on fishing effort.

PEACH POND (Ladd Marsh): rainbow trout

The pond was stocked with rainbow trout the first week of April.

ROULET POND: rainbow trout

The pond has been stocked with rainbow trout.


Remains open all year. Fishing is fair for carryover and stocked trout.


The pond has been stocked and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

TAYLOR GREEN POND: hatchery rainbow trout

Will be stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout the week of May 23. From Hwy 203 at Union, turn left staying on Hwy 203 towards Medical Springs. At the summit between Union and Medical Springs, turn left onto USFS Road 7700 (opposite snowpark area). Proceed East on 7700 road for about 9 miles to USFS Road 7740 on the right. Proceed on the 7740 road for about 1/4 mile. The rock pit pond are on the right.


The forest ponds have been stocked and should provide good fishing for rainbow trout.

UMATILLA RIVER: spring Chinook

Anglers are reminded the last day of angling for spring Chinook is June 10, on the Umatilla River from Hwy. 395 Bridge to Three Mile Dam. The river from Threemile Dam to the Hwy. 11 bridge remains open to spring Chinook angling until June 30, water temperatures are extremely high and there has been little to no catch reported. Trout anglers in the upper river can expect fair angling for rainbow trout.

Anglers can access fish counts at Threemile Dam fish counts. Flow data


The Wallowa County ponds were stocked recently and fishing should be good.

ODFW is currently assessing the management of these ponds and wants to know what is important to the people who fish these ponds. Future plans may involve changes in the number of trout stocked, fish species available, or facility improvements. A survey is available at the ponds and on the ODFW website.

New to Kinney Lake this year, non-motorized watercraft are now allowed. Remember, to be respectful of the private land access that the Triple Creek Ranch and WVID#1 have provided and pack out any trash you bring or find.

Wallowa Lake
Wallowa Lake
- Photo by Martyne Reesman-

WALLOWA LAKE: rainbow trout, kokanee, lake trout

Holdover trout are being caught with a few fish to 18 inches. The lake was also stocked with legal and trophy sized trout last week and fishing should be good. Powerbait and spinners will be the best. Bait should be either hung under a float or set on the bottom.

Kokanee anglers have been reporting catching daily limits of 25 fish. Kokanee size appears to be improving with reports of fish in the 8-9 inch range and some fish as large as 12 inches.

WALLOWA RIVER: steelhead, mountain whitefish

Trout angling on the Wallowa River has been good this spring. The river has been high and success depends on water clarity. However when conditions are right anglers have reported very good success rates and some large fish. Angling from a boat is the best approach when wading conditions are difficult.

Remember, the Wallowa is a whitefish factory and can produce some large fish. Whitefish are native to Oregon and are a respected sportfish across the west. Whitefish can be great in the smoker and are a great way to keep kids interested while steelhead fishing. To catch them, use beadhead nymphs a size #12-16 hook and fish for them in quick runs that are knee to waist deep.

Walla Walla North & South Forest ponds: rainbow trout

The ponds have been stocked and should provide good angling.

WALLA WALLA RIVER: rainbow trout

The Walla Walla River should provide good angling for rainbow trout in the Harris Park area, anglers are reminded of the lure’s and flies only regulation. Anglers may not target Bull trout and are required to release any Bull trout caught.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, brown bull head, trout

Angling for warm water fish should be taking center stage at Willow Creek Reservoir. The lake has been stocked with trophy trout and should provide good angling.

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  Northeast Zone Hunting


Wolves in Northeast Oregon

Wolves are protected by state law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters in northeastern Oregon need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. Please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to La Grande office (541) 963-2138 or online with the Wolf Reporting Form.

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-


Cougars can be found throughout Baker County but hunters should target areas with high concentrations of deer and elk. Setting up on a fresh kill or using distress calls can all be productive techniques. Hunters are required to check in the hide of any cougar taken, with skull and proof of sex attached.

Coyote numbers are good throughout the district. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Remember to ask for permission before hunting on private properties.


Cougar hunting remains open. Successful hunters should remember that check-in of the hide with skull and proof of sex attached is mandatory; see the regulations for details.

Coyote numbers are good in most of the district. Coyotes may respond to distress calls. Try calling in the early morning and late evening.


Cougar hunting is open. Cougar are well distributed in our forested areas. Calling with distress calls or cougar vocalizations can be effective. However, locating a fresh, naturally made kill has the best chance of success.

The Coyote population is healthy with good numbers of coyotes available for those who wish to pursue them. Watch wind direction to help prevent giving away your location. Calling with game distress calls can be very successful.


Cougar are well distributed in forested areas of the Walla Walla, Mt. Emily, and Ukiah units. Hunters will have best success by finding a fresh naturally made kill and sitting on it, or by using predator calls. Some success has come from following tracks until the cougar is located.

Coyote are numerous throughout the County and hunters should have good success calling. Remember to ask permission before hunting on private lands.


Cougars are common in Union County. Focus on game rich areas with long ridgelines or saddles that cats typically travel. Setting up downwind of a deer or elk killed by a cougar can be productive. Nonresident hunters can include a cougar tag with others tags for only $14.50. All cougars taken must be checked in within 10 days of harvest; call for an appointment before check in.

Coyote numbers are high throughout the district. Try calling in early morning and late afternoon. Remember to ask for permission before hunting on private properties.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

The portion of Ladd Marsh East of Foot Hill road is now closed to all hunting. Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult the wildlife area administrative rules. Rules that apply to all areas are at the top (at the link), and then scroll down to page 8, #635-008-120, for additional rules specific to Ladd Marsh. Dogs are not permitted within the Wildlife Area, including the Glass Hill Unit, on or off leash except during authorized game bird hunting seasons. Vehicles, camping and fires are prohibited on the wildlife area at all times.

For more information please call 541 963 4954


Coyote: Good numbers of coyotes can be found throughout Wallowa County. Calling coyotes with rabbit distress type calls has been effective for hunters. It is important to choose areas with abundant coyote sign and little human activity.

Cougar numbers are moderate throughout Wallowa County. Most lions are taken incidental to other hunting; however, calling with fawn bleat, or locating a cougar kill and waiting for a cat to return are often successful techniques.

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 Northeast Zone Wildlife Viewing

Bighorn sheep
Bighorn Sheep, Deschutes River
- Photo by Brad Robins -


Bighorn sheep can be seen in the Burnt River Canyon west of Durkee or along the Snake River Road south of Richland. The best viewing is in the early morning and late in the evening.

Bald and golden eagles can be seen along the Snake River. Take the Snake River Road between Richland and Huntington.

Deer can be seen throughout the valley. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon are good times to view wildlife. Driving through the foothills of the Baker valley and through the Keating valley can turn up good numbers of deer. 2/23/16

Grant County

For the adventurous person, there is a great opportunity to snowshoe or cross country ski up the trail to Strawberry Lake in the Strawberry Wilderness area to view groups of nanny and kid mountain goats. Or try snowshoeing up Onion Creek trail to view the billies.

Bighorn sheep may be viewed from the South Fork near the Murderers Creek road. Early mornings are your best chances for catching them out on the rocky outcrops.


Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Sunset at Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area
-Photo by David Bronson-

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Note: All visitors must have in their possession a free daily permit to access the wildlife area. Permits are available at several self-check-in stations at entry points and parking lots. Wildlife viewers and anglers also need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area. The $10 daily or $30 annual permit can be purchased online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent. Learn more about ODFW’s Wildlife Area Parking Permit Program.

The Tule Lake Unit, including the auto route, is now open for the season. The Glass Hill unit is open to foot traffic only. Visitors are advised to carefully read posted signs and consult the wildlife area administrative rules. Rules that apply to all areas are at the top (at the link), and then scroll down to page 8, #635-008-120, for additional rules specific to Ladd Marsh. Dogs are not permitted within the Wildlife Area, including the Glass Hill Unit, on or off leash except during authorized game bird hunting seasons.

There are numerous quality viewing opportunities from county roads that pass through the area. Binoculars or a spotting scope will help as many animals are best viewed from a distance.

It is baby season on Ladd Marsh. Please use care not to approach or disturb wildlife, especially those with young as this may make them more vulnerable to predators. Many Canada goose broods have hatched. Goslings may be seen in ponds and wetlands throughout the area. Thousands of ducks of many different species are in ponds and flooded fields. Mallards have begun nesting. American White Pelicans have been using Schoolhouse Pond sporadically. Also watch for pelicans in flight above the wildlife area.

Great Horned Owls have hatched and Red-tailed Hawks are sitting on eggs. Northern Harriers and Swainson’s Hawks are beginning to nest

Tree, cliff, northern rough-winged and violet-green swallows are back and may be seen on bridges and power lines throughout the area. Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets and other shorebirds are using shorelines and mud flats, especially in Schoolhouse Pond.

A few Sandhill Cranes have hatched their young. Pairs with young may be seen in meadows from a distance. Please report any sandhill cranes wearing leg bands to the Ladd Marsh staff (541-963-4954). If possible, note the color and order of bands on each of the bird’s legs (e.g., pink above white on left leg; silver above black on right leg). The specific combination and order can identify individual birds. 4/26/16


Common raptors in the open areas of the county are red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, and golden eagles. Occasionally ferugenous and Swainson’s hawks and prairie falcons can also be seen. Look for bald eagles and ospreys perched in the larger trees along Wallowa Lake shore or on power poles near water in the valley. Migrating bald eagles can also be seen in the Prairie Creek and Elk Mt. Road areas east of Enterprise.

White-tailed deer can be found throughout the Wallowa Valley on or near agricultural lands.

Elk are back on the Zumwalt Prairie and can be seen from the Zumwalt Road. These are county roads that run through private property, so please respect the landowner’s privacy and remain on the county road but park out of the traffic lanes while watching the elk. Once you find a herd, use binoculars or a spotting scope to observe the animals.

While most of our migrant waterfowl have already headed north with the advent of warmer weather, some can still be seen flying into Wallowa Lake in the evenings from the county park at the north end of the lake. Canada geese and several species of ducks can also be seen feeding in agricultural fields and along streams around the county.

Other migrants have begun to move into the area including, Say’s phoebes, horned larks, and robins. Mountain bluebirds have also arrived back from their southern haunts and can be seen in many areas of the county. 6/20/16

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