Steelhead in the Grande Ronde average 6-10 pounds, with 15-pound fish possible. Smallmouth Bass fishing on the Grande Ronde is a perfect getaway for families, bachelor parties or any special occasions.
Geographically the Grande Ronde is right where Washington, Oregon and Idaho meet
The Steelhead or Smallmouth on the Grande RondeThe Grande Ronde River, which drains much of northeast Oregon’s Union and Wallowa Counties, is fed by snow pack in the Elkhorn Mountains. The Wallowa River, a major tributary to the Grande Ronde, headwaters in the Wallowa Mountains mostly within the Eagle Cap Wilderness. 1 hour North to Lewiston, Idaho or 1 hour East to Enterprise, Oregon.
Called the “land of Winding Waters” by Native Americans, the river is home to Rainbow and Dolly Varden trout, whitefish, squaw fish, suckers, bass and steelhead. Rocky mountain elk, mule deer, whit-tail deer, bighorn sheep, bear, bald eagles and a variety of smaller animals can be seen on a daily basis. Providing, of course, you haven’t picked a day they all decided to stay hidden. And, “YES” there are RATTLESNAKES!!!
The river is surrounded by steep, rugged canyon walls that rise from 3000 to 4000 feet above the river level. Dense conifer forests blend into grassy slopes set off by scattered conifer “stringers”.
Steelhead offer a unbelievable fight. When they jump & have you running for the tailout the thrill begins as your knees shake. Known for spectacular acrobatics and vicious runs, steelhead send pulses racing.
Smallmouth are pound for pound some of the most aggressively fighting fish there are.
Andrew didn’t disappoint, the fish can be smart but Andrew knows their secrets and will put you on fish any day.
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My husband and I had such a great time out on the river with a Andrew! He’s is such a great guide, taught us a ton of fishing skills and very informative! I highly recommend using dreams on the fly if you’re wanting to leave how to fly fish.
My wife and I fished with Andrew Catt on the Owyhee River on May 15th. Andrew was very helpful before our trip sending us map information and drive to information, as well as letting us know what we needed to bring with us. We had a beautiful day, with near perfect weather, the river, although slightly off color was a beautiful high desert setting. We had deer walk up to us while we were in the water, watched Osprey's fishing with us, and even got a great chorus of Chukker Partridge singing to us from the rocky canyon walls! Andrew was a terrific guide, continuing to work very hard, all day long to try and "break the code", using numerous different techniques and fly patterns to get the fish to eat. My wife and I are avid fly fishers, and have been I have been fly fishing for 60 years, so we understand that some days the fish just don't want to co-operate! Susie, my wife, was able to land two beautiful Brown's, on nymphs under an indicator, and I landed one on a dry fly, and blew the opportunity to land a very nice fish, that I'm sure was over 20"! Andrew set me up in the perfect spot, even helping my 70 year old legs wade in some difficult water. I threw a number of different patterns to this fish, getting numerous refusals, until we put on a suspended midge pattern, and after trying for over 30 minutes, the fish finally ate my offering! Unfortunately, I was so excited to see it finally happen, I set too soon, and just gave the fish a sore lip! Beside working his tail off to get us into fish, we stopped mid day and had the best shore lunch I have ever been provided by a guide! The day was great, the company was great, the scenery was great, the food was awesome, the fishing was very interesting, and the catching was "So So" but I would certainly give great marks to our guide! John and Susie Schultz