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Effective Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m., the mainstem Columbia River downstream of the OR/WA border will close to sockeye and hatchery steelhead fishing.

Effective June 10, 2020 through September 30, 2020, size and harvest limits of game fish are lifted on Howard Prairie Reservoir.

Under emergency regulations effective June 3, the Cole Rivers hatchery hole is closed to all fishing through July 31.

Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Effective March 18, all state-owned fish hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

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.

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Snake Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation updates as of March 11, 2020

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations. 

Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam

  • Effective April 25, 2020, the Snake River form the Dug Bar boat ramp upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam is open for the retention of hatchery Chinook salmon.
  • Daily bag limit is four hatchery Chinook per day of which only one may be an adult hatchery Chinook salmon, and one hatchery steelhead.
  • Anglers must cease fishing once they have retained one adult hatchery Chinook or four hatchery jack salmon, whichever comes first
  • Barbless hooks required.
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First catfish ever for Tavi Jacobson
First catfish ever for Tavi Jacobson. Hells Canyon below hells canyon dam. Photo by Daniel Jacobson

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FISHING UPDATES

Tips to recreate responsibly

We continue to urge anglers and others recreating outside to stay close to home, keep your social distance, and travel safely. Here’s more information about how to recreate responsibly.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout

No recent report.

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

No recent report.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

No recent report.

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

Salmon fishing is open from the boat ramp at Dug Bar upstream to the deadline below Hell’s Canyon Dam. The daily bag limit is four hatchery Chinook per day of which only one may be an adult hatchery Chinook salmon. Anglers must cease fishing once they have retained one adult hatchery Chinook or four hatchery jack salmon, whichever comes first. Barbless hooks required and a Columbia Basin Endorsement are required.

Fishing has been good for medium-size bass and trout. Last updated 6/24/20.

SNAKE RIVER (above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass

No recent report.