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Weekly Recreation Report: Snake Zone


September 29, 2015

 Snake Zone Fishing

Snake River
The view of the Snake River from a trail north of Hells Canyon Dam.
-Photo by Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives-

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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

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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