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Daily possession limits and length requirements for trout removed 

Retention of white sturgeon opens on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and Saturday, September 28, 2019 (two days)

The bottomfish fishery is open to all depth beginning Sept. 3, with a general marine species bag limit of 5 fish.

Effective Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, steelhead retention prohibited.

Retention of copper, quillback, and china rockfish prohibited in recreational boat fishery

Effective September 1 through October 31, 2019, steelhead bag limits reduced in the NE zone

Hatchery Chinook salmon retention allowed effective Aug. 24.

Sport anglers fishing from boats can no longer retain cabezon beginning Aug. 15.

All fishing is closed (including catch-and-release) in the Columbia River and the Deschutes River from Monday, Aug. 12 through Sept. 15.

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Snake Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation updates as of August 21, 2019

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

Snake River from the Oregon-Washington border upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam

  • Effective August 24, through October 31, 2019; open for retention of hatchery adult fall Chinook salmon with a daily bag limit of six (6).
  • There are no mark restrictions and no daily, possession, or season limits for jack fall Chinook salmon,
  • Barbless hooks are required.

Snake River from Cliff Mountain Rapids (RM 246.7, 1.1 miles below Hell’s Canyon Dam) upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam

  • Effective August 24, through November 17, 2019; open for retention of hatchery adult fall Chinook salmon with a daily bag limit of six (6).
  • There are no mark restrictions and no daily, possession, or season limits for jack fall Chinook salmon,
  • Barbless hooks are required.

Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam

  • Beginning September 1 through December 31, 2019 the daily bag limit is one (1) 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

Fishing for crappie has been fair. Catch rates have been variable, but the fish being caught are big. Fishing has been good for bass.

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

Fishing is starting to pick up for bass, catfish and crappie. Best trout fishing will be at tributary inlets.

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

Fall Chinook: ODFW will open a fall Chinook fishery this Saturday Aug. 24 on the Snake River from the Oregon/Washington border upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam. This season will run through Oct. 31, or until further notice, open 7 days/week. From Oct. 31 to Nov. 17, only the reach of the Snake River from Cliff Mountain Rapid (RM 246.7) upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam will remain open.

The daily bag limit for this season is 6 fall Chinook per day of which one may be wild; with no daily, possession, or season limits on marked or un-marked jack salmon (less than or equal to 24-inches long). Anglers must stop fishing for salmon for the day when they retain 6 salmon (non-jack).

Steelhead season opened on Sept. 1 with a reduced daily bag limit of one hatchery steelhead. 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 2019 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 fishing reports, however fishing is likely good for most 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.