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Weekly Recreation Report: Snake Zone


July 22, 2014

 Snake Zone Fishing

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement.

See a map of the Basin and get more information.

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We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports -- the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

White Crappie male
White Crappie male
-Joseph Tomelleri-

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

Anglers are reportedly catching good numbers of crappie averaging 6-inches long.

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 report.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

No recent report.

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

The Snake River from Doug Bar to Hells Canyon Dam is open for spring Chinook until July 27. Catch rates and effort has dropped off considerably as the run is reaching its end. The daily bag limit is four adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon (adult and jacks) per day, no more than two can be an adult salmon more than 24-inches long. Anglers must stop fishing for salmon for the day when they have kept four jack salmon (equal to or less than 24-inches long) or two adult salmon, whichever comes first. Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in Hells Canyon. Also remember a Columbia Basin Endorsement is required when fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in the Snake River.

Fishing for smallmouth bass can be fantastic throughout the summer in Hell’s Canyon. Start the season with jigs and rubber baits and switch to spinners and other hardware later in the summer. Smallmouth are abundant in Hells Canyon and can be found in nearly every spot where the water slows.

Most anglers will access the canyon via jet boat launched at Heller Bar or Hells Canyon Dam. Oregon and Idaho regulations require barbless hooks in the Snake River when fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon. Remember, steelhead season closed on the Snake River on April 30.

Get updated information on flow levels.

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

Catfish on the Snake River has been good, as is bowfishing for carp. Fishing for bass has been slow, most bass appear to be post-spawn and are trickier to catch. Bass fishing will improve gradually over the next few weeks.

Flows at the Nyssa gauge were 9,860 (June 17). Flows at the Weiser gauge were 14,800 cfs. Over the last week water temperatures ranged from 55 to 72˚F at the Weiser gauge and 62° to 74°F at Nyssa.

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