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.
Send us your fishing report
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.
BROWNLEE RESERVOIR: crappie, bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, trout
Look for bass fishing to pick up the middle of April.
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
Look for good trout fishing at tributary mouths, particularly Wildhorse Creek. Look for bass fishing to pick up mid-April.
|Fletcher Erhard reeled in this Smallie.
-Photo by Jack Erhard-
HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Look for good trout fishing at tributary mouths, particularly Pine Creek. Look for bass fishing to pick up mid-April.
SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: steelhead, Trout
Steelhead are currently available in the Snake River from the border with Washington to Hells Canyon Dam. Fishing presure is light and last week anglers found success around ten hours per fish caught. Bank access is available from the Oregon side at the dam, at Dug Bar, and some anglers will walk the five miles down the lower Imnaha River trail. 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.
Get updated information on flow levels.
SNAKE RIVER (above Brownlee Reservoir): channel catfish, flathead catfish, smallmouth bass
Catfish and bass fishing on the Snake River is good. Flows at the Nyssa gauge were 7,640 (April 15). Flows at the Weiser gauge were 12,900 cfs. Over the last week water temperatures ranged from 48 to 54˚F at the Weiser gauge and 51° to 60°F at Nyssa. Be cautious of debris in the river during spring run-off.