Fishing Season: Steelhead, Trout & Bass

Grande Ronde River - WA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Mac Huff's Tip of the Week

Steelhead season is open in Oregon and Washington and in Oregon trout and bass seasons are open. In Washington bass are the only fish you can keep.

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Map of Grande Ronde River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 11/17/22

Water level shot up like a rocket overnight, which is going to disrupt the fish activity. A fishing report was sent to me - this report was during the 700 cfs flow - in Oregon 25 anglers were surveyed and reported 7 steelhead landed, averaging 19 hours per fish. In Washington 6 anglers reported no fish landed. The substantial drop in water temperature seems to be good for the fish.

Techniques & Tips as of 11/17/22

Nymphing and swinging wet flies are good choices. Stonefly nymphs are favorites in the Ronde year around.

Local Species Available Steelhead, Trout & Bass

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Mac Huff's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer Blk 4 - 2
Orange Blossom Special Fly N/A 4 - 2
Fly Formerly Known As Prince N/A 8 - 6
Bead Head Stonefly natural 6 - 2
Flashback Hares Ear Nymph N/A 8 - 6

Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer

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Mac Huff's Recommended Gear

Description: About Grande Ronde River

The Grande Ronde River slices a 3,000 foot deep canyon through flood-basalt flows that originated from Grande Ronde volcano when it was active 15 million years ago. This is a moderate-gradient freestone river supporting abundant caddis and stonefly populations and good mayfly hatches. The arid climate at the bottom of the canyon is warm in the summer and generally moderate through the fall and spring with some freezing temperatures and snow for short periods at the canyon floor during the winter. Pacific steelhead are the stars of this tributary to the Snake River and are in the river from October through the end of the season, which closes Apr. 15. From June through September there is excellent fishing for rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. Lower reaches of the river favor bass and higher reaches favor rainbows. The trout fishing is usually a mix of dry and wet fly fishing, starting the day with nymphs and streamers and switching to dries in late morning. June's hatches favor stoneflies and caddis and July, August and September dries are 'hoppers.

Nearest Airport:

Walla Walla or Spokane, WA; Lewiston or Boise, ID


Stonefly nymphs are still good choices, as are caddis nymphs - using the two patterns together is a reasonable option. Note - The Muddler Minnow can be fished effectively dead-drifting as a hopper pattern, or waking or subsurface.

Best Time to Fish:

All day

Best Stretch:

Pawatka Bridge in Oregon to Washington state line and the Wallowa River in Oregon. Washington is closed to angling.

Best Access:

Troy, Oregon on Oregon Hwy 82 and WA Hwy 129