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The Fishing Report

Wallowa River Fishing Conditions

Steelhead caught on the magneto Stone Fly

  • Date: April 14th, 2016

  • Weather: 45F and cloudy turning to Sun

  • Flow: 944 CFS & falling

  • Water Conditions: High and Brown

  • Gear: 10′ 7 weight, Floating line

  • Flies: Magneto Stone from Tactical Fly Fisher

Wallowa River Fishing Season Wrap Up

We had a great spring Wallowa River fishing season, but all good things must come to an end.  The Steelhead fishing season on the Wallowa is coming to an end.  The river has turned into a churning mass of rushing brown.  We have had some cold nights which have tempered this a little bit but the warm weather over the weekend caused the river to double in size.  There are still 2 weeks left in the legal Steelhead fishing season but the run is tapering off and the river conditions make it even more of a challenge to hook up.

The Steelhead had a good run this year with the bulk of the fish being caught in early to Mid March.  We had a couple of stellar weeks in there.  We are already thinking about swinging flies with the spey rod for Steelhead on the Grande Ronde next Fall. In the mean time we should focus on the coming Rainbow Trout Season and the Stone Fly Hatch on the Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers.  There is still space available on or 4 day Stone Fly Hatch trip.

Wallowa River Flow Gauge Link

Here are a few useful links for you to consider checking out before you come over to the Wallowa River to fish.  Wallowa River Water Levels at Water Canyon will give you the flows for the Wallowa River above Minam.  Minam River at Minam will give you the flows of the Minam river just above the confluence of the Wallowa and Minam Rivers.  Add these 2 numbers together and you get the flow below Minam.  This is a good indication of what the river is doing.  A good flow for the Wallowa river is somewhere in the 500cfs and below range.

Steelhead Creel Report:

Here is the link to the final Steelhead Creel report of the season for the Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers.  Come back and visit the report to see these creel reports weekly starting next fall.

Steelhead Creel Report April 14, 2016


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