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BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout
Fishing is goodfor both bass and channel catfish. The crappie are large (12 to 14-inches) but success has been spotty.Call the Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites or visit their website http://www.idahopower.com/OurEnvironment/WaterInformation/Reservoir/
Reservoir level information
OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Fishing is good for both bass and channel catfish. Trout fishing has been good just below the Brownlee pool and at creek mouths. Crappie fishing has yet to pick up.
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HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Fishing is good for both bass and channel catfish. Trout fishing has been good below Oxbow and at creek mouths. Perch are also being picked-up below Oxbow using wedding ring spinners and worms. Crappie fishing has yet to pick up.
SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, salmon, sturgeon
Steelhead closes April 30 below Hell’s Canyon Dam. However, the Snake River below Hell’s Canyon Dam is scheduled to open for spring Chinook salmon on Saturday, May 4. The salmon fishery is planned for seven days per week, with daily bag limits of four (4) salmon, only one (1) of which can be an adult in excess of 24 inches in length. While the fishery will open this Saturday, Idaho and Oregon fish managers are not expecting fish to arrive below the dam for a few weeks. Managers are also planning for a smaller salmon run this year, which may shorten the fishery season below the dam. Anglers are encouraged to monitor the ODFW website for sudden changes in the fishery.
Get updated information on flow levels.
SNAKE RIVER (above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass
Catfish fishing on the Snake River is fair to good, bass fishing is improving. Flows at the Nyssa gauge remain below normal (18,000 cfs); they were measured at 8,000 cfs on May 13. Flows at the Weiser gauge also remain below normal (27,300 cfs), they were measured at 13,700 cfs on May 13. Over the last week water temperature at the Nyssa gauge ranged from 61˚F to 72˚F, while at the Weiser gauge it ranged from 59˚F to 68˚F. Boaters should continue to use caution on the Snake River — debris remains in the river.