Wallowa lake has healthy populations of both Kokanee and Trout with seasons that are open year-round. World renowned for its fishing, the lake now boasts eight state and one world record for Kokanee. In its deep dark waters lurk real monsters too- almost every year some lucky fisher person hauls out a Mackinaw Trout exceeding 22 pounds!
Wallowa Lake Fishing
Wallowa lake has healthy populations of both Kokanee and Trout with seasons that are open year-round. World renowned for its fishing, the lake now boasts
eight state and one world record for Kokanee. In its deep dark waters lurk real monsters too- almost every year some lucky fisher person hauls out a
Mackinaw Trout exceeding 22 pounds!
The Kokanee in Wallowa Lake are caught by trolling and jigging. We even know a place that you can catch them from the lake shore. During the winter
when the lake freezes they are caught them by ice fishing! The following are a few pictures of Kokanee caught during the winter. At check-in as us how
to catch them!
Grande Ronde River Fishing
The Grande Ronde has a good population of Rainbow trout above the town of Troy. There are small mouth bass in lower section below Troy. Steelhead trout are
throughout the river in winter and spring.
Trout - June 15 thoough Oct 1
Steelhead - Oct 15 through March 15
Smallmouth Bass - August through September
This river gets a lot of fishing pressure from Boggans Resort to a few miles above Troy. The road follows the river through this section allowing for
easy fishing access. This section of the Ronde is easy to fish with a canoe or raft.
During the month of August and September the Grande Ronde below Boggans Resort is excellent for catching smallmouth bass. Every hole or pock in the
river has one or more fish ready to attack you rubber worm or jig. At times you will have a fish on your line with several in chase. We recommend the
Eaglecap Fishing Guides or Winding Waters Rafting www.windingwatersrafting.com
The most stealhead fishing in the Wallowa valley exist in the Grande Ronde River. The stealhead are caught on jigs, eggs, yarn and a fly rod. The best
time to fish is in the fall (October or November) or the spring before the snow melts (February or March). The best fishing is in Oregon above Troy.
This part of the river gets less fishing pressure and there are some very nice runs and holes in this section of the river.
Wallowa River Fishing
The Wallowa River is an excellent rainbow trout fishery with fish scattered from where it leaves Wallowa Lake through the Wallowa valley and through the
Wallowa canyon and finally to where it joins the Grande Ronde below Minum Park. The river holds bull trout, white fish and rainbow trout. It also has a
strong population of Steelhead trout depending on the time of year.
Steelhead - Oct 15 through April 1
Trout - June 15 through Oct 1
The best areas to catch Rainbow trout include the lowers sections of the Wallowa River. Blue Fox or Panther Martin spinners are a great choice for this
river. Some of our favorite places include the pools below Big Canyon hatchery and the Wallowa below Minim State Park. Any place on the river that you
can get away from the road is usually good fishing. Try walking the railroad tracks opposite the canyon road and you will catch the most fish.
If you like fly fishing try using stimulators, bead headed nymphs and caddis patterns. Some resources for catching fish include josephflyshoppe.com,
eaglecapfishing.com and www.windingwatersrafting.com.
During the fall and the spring Steelhead are in the Wallowa River. There are two hatcheries on the Wallowa. There is one hatchery at Big Canyon about 3
miles upriver from Minum and one just below Enterprise. We fish for steelhead in all sections of the river though most of the fishing is done below the
Big Canyon Hatchery. Jigs, salmon eggs and a variety of steelhead techniques will work. When steelheads are in the river it seems everyone is catching
For information on fishing see the Wallowa River see: www.windingwatersrafting.com OR www.eaglecapfishing.com