Wenaha River Rainbow Trout
Copyright 2017 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Wenaha River
The Wenaha River is a tributary of the Grande
Ronde River in Northeastern Oregon. It flows from
the Blue Mountains of the Wenaha-Tucannon
Wilderness located in the Umatilla National Forest.
The river has a good population of large, rainbow
trout and bull trout. It's one of the few streams in
Oregon, where "catch and release" of bull trout is
permitted. It's also a good steelhead fishery.

Most of the Wenaha River consist of fast pocket
water. It flows through forested canyon with
boulders scattered throughout its streambed. Only
its bottom few miles can be reached by road. Most
all the river must be reached on foot. A trail follows
the stream for thirty miles. Fly fishing the Wenaha
River can be a wonderful experience. It's a
beautiful, wild scenic river well worth anyone's time
to fish.

Steelhead fishing takes place in the lower six miles
of the stream. Its open for steelhead fishing from
January 1 through April 16 and again from
September 1 to December 31. Fly fishing the
Wenaha for steelhead is very popular.

The Wenaha River has a good population of
aquatic insects including mayflies, stoneflies,
midges and caddisflies. Terrestrial insects are
popular during the summer months.

This river is at its best after runoff from near the
end of June through the Fall months.
Spring can be okay in areas prior to the runoff but
it usually last through most of the month of June.
Fly fishing the Wenaha River is good throughout
the Summer.
Fall is good for the trout and steelhead.

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Steelhead (Wild and Hatchery)
Rainbow Trout (Wild)
Bull Trout (Native)

Small to Medium

Northeast Oregon

Nearest Towns
La Grande

May 27 through Oct. 31

Hiking required to reach all parts of
the river

Non-Resident License
State of Oregon

National Weather Service

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Wenaha River Oregon
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Photo Courtesy Steven Lamb
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