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Date 22-Apr-23
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Conditions : WALLOWA RIVER: Steelhead fishing may be variable as flows react to rain and melting snow. Drifting jigs under bobbers can be an effective way of catching steelhead in the Wallowa River. The last day of steelhead fishing on the Wallowa River is April 30.

Fishing for trout and mountain whitefish can be good all year in the Wallowa River. Drifting flies or casting spinners are effective ways to catch trout in this river. Anglers are reminded that wild steelhead and bull trout cannot be harvested and must be released. Last updated 4/19/23.

Reported by: Oregon D.F.W

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About: - The Wallowa River is a Designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. The river located in northeastern corner of Oregon just west of Hells Canyon Recreational area. The freestone river flows through the heart of Oregon's beautiful Wallowa Valley and is regarded as one of Oregon's better trout fishing stream, often producing fish ranging from 18 to 20 inches in size. The Wallowa also a good spring steelhead fishery, producing 23 to 29-inch fish from February through April 15.

Closest Town is Joseph, Oregon with Wallowa Lake in close vicinity.

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 rig and let the fun begin. Also, steelhead will often take a bead head nymph hanging under a jig.

  • Steelhead
  • Bull Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Coho & Chinook Salmon

Misc Info: - Sturgeon regulations in 2005 are similar to 2004, but anglers are advised to check the regulations for specific area rules. . In 2005, the Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls is open to sturgeon retention Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of each week, from Jan. 1 through July 31 and again from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Sturgeon anglers this year are limited to the use of only one single-point, barbless hook .

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