Recreation Report

Snake Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation updates as of May 15, 2018

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


The Snake River from Dug Bar boat ramp upstream to the deadline below Hell’s Canyon Dam is open for spring Chinook salmon seven days week, beginning Saturday, April 28, 2018 until further notice.

  • The daily bag limit is four adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon per day, of which no more than two can be an adult longer than 24-inches.
  • Anglers must cease fishing for salmon for the day when either four salmon or two adult salmon have been retained, whichever comes first.
  • Barbless hooks are required.
Recreation Report

OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

No recent reports.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

No recent reports.

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

Spring Chinook season is open on the Snake River from the Dug Bar Boat Ramp to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam 7 days a week until further notice.  The bag limit will be 4 hatchery salmon with no more than 2 over 24-inches ling.  Anglers must stop fishing for salmon for the day when they retain 4 salmon or 2 adult salmon, whichever comes first.  Anglers are reminded that fish under 24-inches do not have to be recorded on the combine angling tag.

While the season will be open, few Chinook will have made their way that far up river and catch rates are expected to be low for the next few weeks. Managers are expecting approximately 2,500 Chinook to return to the fishery.

Only barbless hooks may be used on this stretch of the Snake River while fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, and anglers should consult the current Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other rules that may apply.

Updated information on flow levels

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

No recent reports.