Recreation Report

Snake Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation updates as of July 17, 2018

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

There are no regulation updates at this time.


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

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

Fishing for both catfish and bass has been excellent. 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 avialable.

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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

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 long. 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.

Anglers have started to find some success, however catch rates have been low. Fishing will continue to improve as spring Chinook make their way up the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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.