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.
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.
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Fun day on the water with Andrew. Andrew was patient and helpful with his instruction to my beginner wife. Had her making some beautiful casts in short order. He was also helpful with little tips for me to help correct some of my bad habits with casting as well. Excellent shore lunch that showcased his experience as a chef. Hard to beat good company, good food, and good fishing.
We had a great day with Andrew and Ken and wholly recommend them. Andrew went above and beyond in giving us information before the trip to maximize our fishing trip, even on days we were not with him. Great guy, and knows the river well too.