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Weekly Recreation Report: Snake Zone

 

June 30, 2015

 Snake Zone Fishing

Warm temperatures increase stress on fish

However, anglers reduce the stress from catch-and-release fishing by following a few precautions:

  • Fish early in the mornings when water temperatures are lower.
  • Fish in lakes and reservoirs with deep waters that provide a cooler refuge for fish.
  • Use barbless hooks, land fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible in order to minimize stress.
  • Shift fishing efforts to higher elevation mountain lakes and streams where water temperatures often remain cooler.

Warmwater fish like bass, crappie and bluegill also feel the effects of the heat, so please follow these precautions in all your summer fishing.

Statewide drought updates

For the latest statewide drought conditions, see the State of Oregon’s Drought Watch.

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.

Catfish at Brownlee Reservoir
Mari Stuart with one of several catfish she caught at Brownlee Reservoir at sunset
-Photo by Chris Bedsaul-

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

Fishing continues to be good for crappie throughout the reservoir, but the fish are smallish, averaging 7 to 8-inches. Bobber and jigs are working well. As the weather warms the fish will be deeper.

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

Fishing has slowed somefor trout, but remains good at tributary mouths. Fishing for crappie has slowed some but remains good for fish averaging 10 inches. Bass fishing is good and fishing for channels cats is picking up.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing has slowed somefor trout, but remains good at tributary mouths. Fishing for crappie has slowed some but remains good for fish averaging 10 inches. Bass fishing is good and fishing for channels cats is picking up.

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

The Snake River is closed for steelhead angling as of April 30, 2015. Spring Chinook season is open on the Snake River from the Dug Bar boat ramp up river to the boundary below Hells Canyon Dam. The bag limit is 4 Chinook salmon per day with no more than 2 adult fish over 24-inches.

Barbless hooks and a Columbia Basin Endorsement are required when fishing for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in Hells Canyon.

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.

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.

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