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Baker County fishing reports
Keep your eye out for QR code signs posted at various fishing locations throughout Baker County! Anglers with smartphones can provide fishing reports and feedback on-site by scanning the QR code, which directs anglers to our ODFW Fishing Report survey. Directions on how to use the QR codes are provided right on the signs.
Best best for weekend fishing
- Bass fishing has been good in the Snake River downstream of Hells Canyon dam with jigs, lures, or flies.
- Catfish are being caught throughout Hells Canyon and Oxbow Reservoirs.
- Sturgeon fishing has been good in the Snake River and in Hells Canyon Reservoir below Oxbow Dam.
Fishing in hot water
With extreme temperatures in the forecast, fish will start feeling the heat. Give them a break by remembering these five tips for fishing when water temperatures are high.
Fishing for Chinook salmon is closed on the Snake River
As of Aug. 1, fishing for Chinook salmon is closed on the Snake River until Aug. 18 when it will open for fall Chinook.
Updates by section
BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout
Brownlee Reservoir is nearly full, and all boat ramps are currently usable. Follow the links below to get up-to-date information on access along Brownlee Reservoir.
Crappie fishing has been slow on Brownlee Reservoir, but some fish are being caught especially at night. Bass anglers continue to be successful. Perch fishing is slow but look for schools of perch this time of year. Fishing for catfish has been good on the reservoir. Many catfish are in shallow water and can be caught with bait suspended under a bobber. Last updated 8/1/22.
OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Catfish are available throughout the reservoir, and bass fishing has been good. Many bass are small, but there are some larger bass being caught. Bass anglers can do well with lures or jigs that imitate crawdads which are a favorite prey item for bass. Near the creek mouths, trout fishing has continued to be good. Trout anglers can do best in the early morning. Last updated 7/27/22.
HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish, sturgeon
Bass anglers have been successful on Hells Canyon Reservoir, but many of the fish have been small. Catfish are being caught throughout the reservoir. Fishing cut bait can be an effective way of catching catfish in the Snake River and its impoundments. Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to fish with live fish in freshwater.
Sturgeon fishing has been good recently. Sturgeon anglers will probably be most successful fishing the upper reservoir below Oxbow dam. Anglers are reminded that they must use barbless hooks to fish for sturgeon, and sturgeon may not be retained. All sturgeon must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water. Last updated 7/27/22.
SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, bass, sturgeon, Chinook salmon
Bass fishing the Snake River can be great during the summer. Bass will readily take small jigs fished near the bottom, and they also can be caught on flies. Sturgeon fishing has been good in the Snake River this summer with fish being caught throughout the river downstream of Hells Canyon Dam. Anglers are reminded that they must use barbless hooks to fish for sturgeon, and sturgeon may not be retained in the Snake River. All sturgeon must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water.
Fishing for hatchery spring Chinook is closed on the Snake River. Any Chinook salmon caught must be released unharmed. Fishing for fall Chinook salmon will open under permanent regulations on August 18th. See Snake River zone regulations for more information about fishing for fall Chinook salmon in the Snake River.
Steelhead fishing has closed on the Snake River and will re-open Sept. 1, 2022. Last updated 8/3/22.
SNAKE RIVER (above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass
Fishing should be good for flathead and channel catfish. Both species can be found throughout the river and can be accessed from shore or by boat. Bass are currently more concentrated in backwater areas.
No recent fishing reports. Last updated 5/25/22.
Regulation updates as of May 17, 2022
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see for permanent regulations.
May 18 through July 31, Dug Bar Boat Ramp upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam is open to retention of hatchery Chinook.
- The daily bag limit is 4 hatchery Chinook, only one of which may be an adult. Anglers must cease fishing once they have either retained one adult hatchery Chinook, or a total of four fish.
- Barbless hooks are required.