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Weekly Recreation Report: Snake Zone

 

July 28, 2015

 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.

Send us your fishing report

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 7 to 8-inches. Bobber and jigs are working well. As the weather warms the fish will be deeper.

Call the Idaho Power Company’s recording at 1-800-422-3143 to get information on access at recreational sites. Reservoir level information

 

OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing has slowed somefor trout, but remains good at tributary mouths. Fishing for crappie has slowed some but remains good for fish averaging 10 inches. Bass fishing is good and fishing for channels cats is picking up.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing has slowed somefor trout, but remains good at tributary mouths. Fishing for crappie has slowed some but remains good for fish averaging 10 inches. Bass fishing is good and fishing for channels cats is picking up.

Bass
Zachary Hanson with his largemouth bass
-Photo by Josh Hanson-

SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, steelhead, salmon, bass

The Snake River can produce some great fishing for smallmouth bass during the summer months. These fish are generally very aggressive and can be caught on all types of gear.

Spring chinook season is still open on the Snake River, however the run is nearly completed and fishing has been slow.

Most anglers will access the canyon via jet boat launched at Heller Bar or Hells Canyon Dam. Oregon and Idaho regulations require barbless hooks in the Snake River when fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon.

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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