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April 15 through June 30, 2020 sport harvest opportunities allowed for returning hatchery spring Chinook salmon in the Hood River.

Effective February 14th, retention of white sturgeon is prohibited on parts of the mainstem Columbia River.

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.

Effective through March 31, 2020, all steelhead fishing is closed from McNary Dam to the OR/WA border.

Effective through April 30, 2020, the daily bag limit is one hatchery steelhead.

Steelhead, fall Chinook and coho bag limits reduced to one per day through April 30, 2020.

Recreation Report

Snake Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation updates as of February 12, 2020

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

Salmon closed under permanent rule.

Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam

  • Effective through April 30, 2020, the daily bag limit is one hatchery steelhead.
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We want your photos

Attention anglers – we want your photos!

Whether you’re out after trout or bass, steelhead or salmon, surfperch or rockfish, we’d love to see photos of your adventure. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!

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

No recent fishing reports.

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 fishing reports.

Trout fishing should be good at tributary inlets.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

No recent fishing reports.

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

Fall Chinook fishing on the Snake River is closed.

Steelhead season is open with a reduced daily bag limit of one hatchery steelhead through April 30, 2020. Poor returns of steelhead are forecasted for the Snake River Basin prompting managers to reduce bag limits to ensure hatchery production can be met. Managers will continue to evaluate the run and adjust bag limits as necessary.

Barbless hooks and a Columbia Basin Endorsement are required when fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in the Snake River. All other 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations apply. Due to limited access in this section, most anglers access this fishery below Hells Canyon Dam or by jet boat.

Updated information on flow levels

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

No recent reports. Fishing is probably slow. However, anglers can catch some nice smallmouth bass this time of year in the reservoir and at certain locations in the Snake River if they are willing to put in the time and endure the cold.

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.