Regulation updates as of Aug. 30, 2018
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see for permanent regulations.
SNAKE RIVER BELOW HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR
The Snake River from the Washington state line upstream to the deadline below Hell’s Canyon Dam is open for fall Chinook salmon seven days week, beginning Saturday, Aug. 18 until Oct. 31, 2018 or until further notice. The reach from Cliff Mountain Rapid to the deadline below the dam will remain open through Nov. 18.
BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout
Fishing has been good for both catfish and bass. 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.
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
The Snake River from the Washington state line upstream to the deadline below Hell’s Canyon Dam is open for fall Chinook salmon seven days week, beginning Saturday, Aug. 18 until Oct. 31, 2018 or until further notice.
While the season is open, expect slow fishing until fish begin arriving in greater numbers during the fall.
Steelhead season opened on Sept. 1 with a reduced daily bag limit of one hatchery steelhead. Limits were reduced to protect limited numbers of wild fish returning to the Snake River Basin and to ensure hatchery programs meet production goals. As the run progresses managers will reevaluate these rules.
A few steelhead should be available in Hells Canyon. As the fall progresses expect more fish to arrive and fishing to improve.
Bass fishing should be good and remain good throughout the summer. Look for bass near steep banks and structure.
SNAKE RIVER (above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass
No recent reports.