Regulation updates as of May 1, 2019
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see for permanent regulations.
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!
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.
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. Good fishing for trout can be had at tributary inlets.
SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, steelhead, bass
The one fish daily bag limit for steelhead has been modified to two hatchery steelhead per day above Dug Bar through the end of the season on April 30, 2019. Bag limits were reduced to protect limited numbers of wild fish returning to the Snake River Basin and to ensure hatchery programs meet production goals. Since production goals have been met, rules have been relaxed to allow increased harvest.
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.