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Weekly Recreation Report: Snake Zone


September 9, 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.

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

Anglers are reportedly catching good numbers of crappie averaging 7 to 8-inches. Fishing is also good for bass and catfish.

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 remains good for bass and channel catfish, some trout are also being picked-up at tributary mouths.

HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR: trout, crappie, bass, catfish

Fishing remains good for bass and channel catfish, some trout are also being picked-up at tributary mouths.

-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

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

The Snake River closed to salmon fishing Sunday, July 27.

Fishing for smallmouth bass can be fantastic throughout the summer in Hell’s Canyon. Smallmouth are abundant in Hells Canyon and can be found in nearly every spot where the water slows.

Fall chinook season is open in Hells Canyon from the Washington state line to the boundary below Hells Canyon Dam.  Fish will be arriving soon and catch rates can be good.  Steelhead are arriving and fishing will start picking up sharply in the coming weeks.  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.

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.

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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