Trout - June 15 through Oct 1
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.
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 fish.