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Weekly Recreation Report: Snake Zone


May 26, 2015

 Snake Zone Fishing

Snake River
Farewell Bend State, Snake River.
-Photo by Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives-

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

Fishing has been good for crappie on the Powder River Arm, but the fish are smallish, averaging 7 to 8-inches. Bobber and jigs are working well. 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 been good for trout, trolling Ford fenders. Anglers have been catching perch below Brownlee Dam and in backwater areas.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing has been very good for trout at creek mouths.

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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