Rainbows Are Still Possible to Catch

Owyhee Reservoir - Vale, OR (Malheur County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ODFW

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
7-18-2019
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Fishing for rainbow trout is possible, but may be slow. The reservoir was sampled at 16 locations in June. Black crappie dominated the sample and averaged 6- to 8-inches with a few around 10-inches, but nothing larger was captured. There were lots of little (less than 6-inches) smallmouth bass in the lower part of the reservoir with bigger largemouth above Fisherman’s Cove. A few channel catfish around 10 lbs. were capture, but most were less than 1 lb. The reservoir ranged in temperature from 69 to 76 °F and thick algae occurred from the airport to about Doe Island, the became less dense, although still present, up through Leslie Gulch. 




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