Regulation updates as of August 25, 2021
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see for permanent regulations.
- August 26 - October 31: from the Oregon-Washington border upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam the following regulations apply for Chinook Salmon:
- The adult daily bag limit is three (3);
- For jacks, there is no daily bag limit;
- There are no mark restrictions, possession limits, or season limits; and
- Barbless hooks are required
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Baker County fishing reports
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UPDATES BY WATERBODY
BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout
Brownlee Reservoir now 37 ft. below full pool and the Spring Recreation and Steck Park boats launches appear unusable, while Hewitt & Holcomb park is approaching minimum water elevation required to launch a boat. One recent fishing report said fishing was good for channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Both were hitting nightcrawlers. The Powder Arm fishing has been slow of late, but producing bass in deeper water. Follow the links below to get up-to-date information on access along Brownlee Reservoir. Last updated10/13/21.
OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Smallmouth bass fishing has been quite good in Oxbow Reservoir recently, with anglers reporting several fish in the 13- to 15-inch range, and some greater than 16 inches. Smallmouth are transitioning from spawning to post-spawn behavior. Using soft plastics will work for a few more weeks, and transitioning to faster action lures such as crankbaits will become more effective once water temperatures are consistently above 70*. Last updated 6/16/20.
HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Water temperatures at Oxbow Dam are fairly consistent in the 60*-70* range, and is ripe for smallmouth bass fishing. Focus on targeting shallower water with soft plastics. Last updated 6/16/21.
SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, salmon, bass
Bass fishing will be good throughout the Oregon section of the Snake River. Look for bass is slow backwaters with good structure. Fish seem to be holding deep and getting lures and baits down is essential after the early morning.
Fall Chinook season opened on Aug. 26 and fishing should improve in the next couple weeks. The daily bag limit is three adult Chinook with no mark requirements. There is no bag limit nor mark restrictions on jack Chinook. Barbless hooks are required and a combined angling tag and Columbia Basin endorsement are required.
Steelhead season opened on Sept. 1, though fish aren’t expected to be available in catchable numbers until later in the month. Across the Columbia Basin, the steelhead run is very poor, and fishing may be difficult this year. Bag limits for steelhead have been reduced to ensure broodstock escapement to the hatchery hatcheries. Anglers are advised to check the ODFW website regularly for updates to fisheries. Last updated 9/22/21.
SNAKE RIVER (above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass
No recent fishing reports.
There has recently been a catfish die off in Brownlee Reservoir near Huntington likely due to a bacterial infection. Last updated 7/7/21.