Grande Ronde River

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Species:
Steelhead, Small-Mouth Bass, and Channel Catfish
Location:
Joins the Snake River near the southeastern corner of the state.
Directions:
Take Highway 129 south from Clarkston. The highway crosses the river about three miles from the Oregon border,, and the Grande Ronde parallels the north side of the river for several miles west of the bridge. To reach the lower few miles of the river, drive south out of Clarkston on Highway 129 to Asotin, then follow the Snake River Road along the Snake to the mouth of the Grand Ronde.
Facilities:
Fields Spring State Park, located a few miles north of the river on Highway 129, has a limited number of tent sites. Food, gas, tackle, and lodging can be found in Clarkkston.
Fishing the Grande Ronde:
While the lower end of the Grande Ronde offers some decent Bass and Catfish action, most anglers travel here for one thing steelheading.
The steelhead action turns on around the end of September and goes on strong through the winter to the end of the season in mid-April. During that time anglers use spoons, spinners, diving plugs, and artifial flies to take as many as 400 to 500 fish a month from the deep pools and inviting runs along the beautiful river. Although roads provide access to the rivers mouth and to several miles up-river from the bridge on Highway 129, many anglers prefer to float the Grande Ronde. There’s a good put ii/take out spot at the highway 129 bridge.

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