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Weekly Recreation Report: Snake Zone


May 23, 2017

 Snake Zone Fishing

Snake River
The Snake River from Idaho along Hells Canyon Reservoir.
-Photo by Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives-

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

Crappie fishing has been fair, with the average size being 8 to 10-inches.

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OXBOW RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Bank fishing has been very good for crappie and yellow perch averaging 10 inches. Trout fishing has not picked up yet.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Bank fishing has been good for crappie and yellow perch averaging 10-inches. Trout fishing has not picked up yet.

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

The Snake River will open for spring Chinook salmon fishing on Saturday, April 22. Angling will be open from the Dug Bar Boat Ramp upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam. The bag limit is four adipose fin-clipped Chinook per day with no more than two over 24 inches. Anglers mush cease fishing for salmon when four salmon or two over 24 inches are retained in a single day. All other sport fishing regulations apply.

While fishing for spring Chinook is open, these fish will likely not be available in catchable numbers in the near future. Additionally, the river is currently running at extreme flows and will be difficult to fish.

Only barbless hooks may be used on this stretch of the Snake River while fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, and anglers should consult the current Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other rules that may apply.

Updated information on flow levels

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

No recent reports.

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