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Grand Ronde in Late February?

I may be in the area towards the end of February and am considering bringing my Spey rod to keep me company. I have some family ties in LaGrand that I may pay a visit to if time allows. Are there any steelhead fishing opportunities on the Grand Ronde at this time in Oregon?.......Can this river be wade fished or would it be necessary to have a drift boat/raft. Is there a particular stretch of river that I should concentrate on. What about the Wallowa river? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance


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I've fished the Wallowa from Minam downstream (used to be a "fishing train" that would run rods downriver about 8 miles, not sure if that's still operating) as late as mid-March. There is a hatchery just upriver from Minam, so fishing is for hatchery brats.
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Fish are being caught all the way from Troy up to the Wallowa river past Minamm right now. Number are low this year, but seems to be larger fish than normal as well. THere are places to fish right off the road on the Wallowa, the same can be done down at Troy. If you don't mind a hike, I could tell you how to walk into Rondowa (confluence of the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers). It is about a 4 mile hike along Railroad track to get in, but you get access to otherwise unreachable water unless you have a boat.
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Thanks for the info. Looks like a few fish are being caught anyway. That train looked like an interesting way to fish the Wallowa. Too bad it's not running anymore. That whole part of Eastern Oregon looks to be interesting country. I should have paid more attention to it as a kid because my grand parents and mom are from Imbler Oregon just out of La Grand. I've been there many times but not in the last 20 years. My grandfather taught me how to fish on Lookinglass creek. I hope I can make it into the area with enough extra time to wet a line. Thanks again.


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You should go to minam state park, cross at the lower end and walk the tracks a couple of miles. Plenty of good fishing opportunities. Just did it yesterday. Walked 3/4 way to rondowa and back. Some were caught and had a blast. Lots of good scenery.
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How late does a reasonable fishery extend........late march? Thanks
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Usually gets better as things warm up through march. Peak is usually the last week of march. But, if the snow pack melts too quickly the river can get easily blown out.
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Thanks, going to be heading on a trip with no real direction end of the month. Sounds like a good option (runoff pending as you mentioned) so so maybe towards then I will look into that system.
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