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Update allows both Android and iPhone users to e-tag harvest offline. Go to Google Play or Apple app store to download update.

To give hunters more time to report their hunts in the new electronic licensing system, the deadline to report 2018 hunts has been extended to April 15, 2019.

The 1 steelhead bag limit on several NE creeks and rivers, set to expire on Dec. 31, has been extended through April 30, 2019.

Recreation Report

Snake Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation updates as of Dec. 26, 2018
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.


  • Beginning Saturday, Sept. 1 until April 30, 2019 the daily bag limit is one (1) adipose fin-clipped steelhead.
  • Barbless hooks and a Columbia Basin Endorsement are required.
Recreation Report

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

Fishing has been good for both catfish and bass. Good numbers of large bass are being caught. Fishing for crappie is slow, but the fish are large. Trolling Rapala’s deep is a way to pick up some of the large crappie available.

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

Anglers have recently reported good fishing for smallmouth bass (up to 2.5 pounds) with a lot of topwater action on lures and flies. Catch rates for crappie have been moderate but are making up for it in size with many fish reaching the 12-inch mark. Anglers are having best success for crappie while angling away from the shore.

Trout fishing is good at tributary inlets.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing is starting to pick up for bass, catfish and crappie. Good fishing for trout can be had at tributary inlets.

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

The one fish daily bag limit for steelhead has been extended through the end of the season on April 30, 2019. Bag limits were reduced to protect limited numbers of wild fish returning to the Snake River Basin and to ensure hatchery programs meet production goals.

Bass fishing should be good and remain good. Look for bass near steep banks and structure. During colder weather anglers should fish slow retrieves in deep water.

Updated information on flow levels

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

Fall fishing can be great for catfish and other warmwater species. Access is limited for bank anglers in this portion of the Snake River. Ontario State Recreation Site (Or. State Parks), River Park (Nyssa) and the east side of the bridge over the Snake River near Adrian provide some public access. The Outdoorsman in Ontario (NE 2nd St and E Idaho Ave.) may have local knowledge of other access points for bank anglers.