Snake Zone Fishing
The mainstem Snake River is not subject to the 2 p.m. fishing closure and remains open to fishing during the hours specified in the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
Warm temperatures increase stress on fish
However, anglers reduce the stress from catch-and-release fishing by following a few precautions:
- Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
- Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
- Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
- Shift fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cooler.
Warmwater fish like bass, crappie and bluegill also feel the effects of the heat, so please follow these precautions in all your summer fishing.
Statewide drought updates
For the latest statewide drought conditions, see the State of Oregon’s Drought Watch.
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We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.
BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout
Fishing continues to be good for crappie throughout the reservoir, but the fish are smallish, averaging 6 to 8-inches. Fishing for channel cats has been slow. Fishing for bass has been good, but there are many small fish.
Call the Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites.
Reservoir level information
|Zachary Hanson with his largemouth bass
-Photo by Josh Hanson-
OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Bass fishing is good. However, there are many small fish in the 6 to 7-inch range, but good numbers of fish in the 12 to 14-inch range are also avialable. Fishing for channel cats has been slow.
HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Fishing for troutremains good at tributary mouths. Trout up to 19 inches are being caught.Bass fishing is good, but is dominated by smaller fish. Fishing for channel cats has been slow.
SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, steelhead, salmon, bass
The Snake River will be open from the OR/WA border to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam beginning Sept. 1 and will remain open until Oct. 31, or until a closure is announced. In addition, the reach from Cliff Mountain Rapid (at river mile 246.7) upstream to the deadline at Hells Canyon Dam will be open from Nov. 1-17.
The daily bag limit will be six adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon. Anglers can also keep an unlimited number of fin-clipped jack Chinook. Chinook jacks are salmon between 15 and 24-inches long.
Only barbless hooks may be used on this stretch of the Snake River while angling for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, and anglers should consult the 2015 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other rules that may apply.
The Snake River can produce some great fishing for smallmouth bass during the summer and fall months. These fish are generally very aggressive and can be caught on all types of gear.
Updated information on flow levels
SNAKE RIVER (above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass
Catfish on the Snake River has been good, as is bowfishing for carp. Fishing for bass has been slow, most bass appear to be post-spawn and are trickier to catch. Bass fishing will improve gradually over the next few weeks.
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