Bass fishing the Snake River can be great during the summer

Snake River- Below Hells Canyon Reservoir

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Bass fishing the Snake River can be great during the summer. Bass will readily take small jigs fished near the bottom, and they also can be caught on flies. Sturgeon fishing has been good in the Snake River this summer with fish being caught throughout the river downstream of Hells Canyon Dam. Anglers are reminded that they must use barbless hooks to fish for sturgeon, and sturgeon may not be retained in the Snake River. All sturgeon must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water.

Fishing for fall Chinook salmon will open under permanent regulations on Aug. 18. Barbless hooks are required when fishing for fall Chinook on the Snake River. Few fall Chinook have passed over Lower Granite Dam. Fishing should improve later into mid-September. See Snake River zone regulations for more information about fishing for fall Chinook salmon in the Snake River.

Steelhead fishing opens on the Snake River downstream of Hells Canyon Dam on Sept. 1. The daily limit is three hatchery adult steelhead, and steelhead anglers must use barbless hooks. See Snake Zone permanent regulations for more details.

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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, August 24th, 2022

Ana Reservoir: Ana Reservoir was stocked early this month
Beulah Reservoir: Beulah Reservoir has now been drained to minimum pool
Blitzen River: Flows in the Blitzen are now around 30 cfs
Bully Creek Reservoir: Reservoir levels are currently very low and dropping fast
Chewaucan River: As the river drops and keeps getting warmer try fishing early in the morning
Owyhee Reservoir: Owyhee Reservoir Fishing Report
Owyhee River: Lower Owyhee River Report
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Cooper Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Diamond Lake: Anglers are having success targeting brown trout
Galesville Reservoir: The reservoir is dropping and may drop more quickly as the summer progresses
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Reservoir level is low but has leveled off
Hyatt Lake: Very little if any fishing pressure
Lake Selmac: Trout anglers will want to target deeper areas near the dam
Rogue River - Middle: Trout fishing is open
Rogue River- Upper: Trout fishing is open in the Rogue
Rogue River- Upper (Above Lost Creek): Trout stockings in the upper river started May 18
Nehalem River: The Nehalem gets a unique early component to its fall Chinook run
Siletz River: Summer steelhead fishing has slowed down with the low water conditions
Trask River: Plenty of opportunity for Cutthroat trout
Wilson River: Recent surveys found fish concentrated in pools
Clackamas River: Summer steelhead and spring Chinook can now be found throughout the river
Henry Hagg Lake: Late summer can be a great time of year to target bass at Hagg Lake
McKenzie River: McKenzie River Fishing Report
North Fork Reservoir: Trout fishing has been good in the North Fork Reservoir
Sandy River: Summer steelhead and spring Chinook fishing has been good on the Sandy
Hood River: The Hood River continues to be turbid due to glacial melt
Grande Ronde River: With the onset of warmer weather, bass fishing may be good on the lower Grande Ronde River
Imnaha River: Bass have been caught in the lower river, and bass fishing will be an option for anglers

No steelhead retention in portions of John Day, Umatilla, Walla Walla rivers this fall
John Day River

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