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April 15 through June 30, 2020 sport harvest opportunities allowed for returning hatchery spring Chinook salmon in the Hood River.

Effective February 14th, retention of white sturgeon is prohibited on parts of the mainstem Columbia River.

Razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head south of Seaside.

Effective Feb 1 through June 30, 2020, retention of hatchery Chinook salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.  Retention of wild Chinook salmon is prohibited.

Effective Jan. 1, the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools are open to sturgeon retention, until quotas are reached.

Effective through March 31, 2020, all steelhead fishing is closed from McNary Dam to the OR/WA border.

Effective through April 30, 2020, the daily bag limit is one hatchery steelhead.

Steelhead, fall Chinook and coho bag limits reduced to one per day through April 30, 2020.


Snake Zone

The Snake River and its impoundments offer first class fishing for warmwater species such as channel catfish, crappie and smallmouth bass. That part of the river running through the spectacular Hells Canyon Wilderness may have some of the
best summer steelhead fishing in the state.

Snake Zone

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Regulation Highlights

Always check the Sport Fishing Regulations for exceptions to these rules.


Six fish per day, no minimum length limit, open all year


Closed unless a special season is announced


Three hatchery fish per day, open Sept. 1 to April 30


Six per day, no more than three over 15-inches

Crappie and catfish

No limits

Fishing in the Snake Zone


The Snake River is often closed to salmon fishing, but some years returns are hefty enough to allow some spring and/or fall Chinook fishing from Hells Canyon Dam downstream to the Oregon/Washington border.


A good number of hatchery fish are released into Snake River tributaries and at the base of Hells Canyon Dam to provide a good summer steelhead fishery from October through March. This area is in the heart of the Hells Canyon Wilderness and access is tough – usually by foot or by boat. Determined anglers can be rewarded with some of the best steelhead fishing in the state.


The best crappie fishing in the state is often found in the Snake River Reservoirs – Hells Canyon, Oxbow and Brownlee. Brownlee is a well-known destination crappie fishery, though it also attracts anglers after smallmouth bass and catfish.