The first few steelhead of the year have arrived in the Imnaha River.

Fishing generally picks up until the April 15th closure, but the handful of anglers fishing below the bridge in the town of Imnaha enjoyed good success Monday.

Randy Johnson and Jack Lewis, both of Joseph, hooked into fish just minutes after arriving at the bridge hole on Monday.

Lewis lost a large steelhead, while Johnson landed a hatchery fish soon after. Both anglers were using gobs of salmon roe for bait.

At the Wallowa Fish Hatchery, meanwhile, just over 100 steelhead have been counted so far this season. Anglers have been catching steelhead on the Wallowa from the deadline below the hatchery to Minam.

A good return is expected back to the hatchery this year.

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