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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.

Recreation Report

Snake Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation updates as of March 18, 2019
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

SNAKE RIVER - Upstream to Dug Bar boat ramp and below Hells Canyon Dam 

  • Beginning Monday, March 18 until April 30, 2019:
    • From the stateline with Washington upstream to the Dug Bar boat ramp, the daily bag limit is one (1) adipose fin-clipped steelhead.
    • From the Dug Bar boat launch upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam, the daily bag limit is two (2) hatchery steelhead
  • Barbless hooks and a Columbia Basin Endorsement are required.
Recreation Report

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 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

Harvest was initially reduced to ensure hatchery broodstock requirements were met at the Hells Canyon Dam fish trap.  Those broodstock needs have been met, and surplus fish are available to anglers.

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

No recent fishing reports, however fishing is likely slow 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.