Fishing for fall Chinook salmon has started to improve

Snake River- Below Hells Canyon Reservoir

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

There were large wildfires burning on both sides of the Snake River in Hells Canyon. Large portions of the national forest on both sides of the river were closed and evacuation notices were in effect in some areas near the fire. However, areas are beginning to open again. Consult the fire information web pages for the Double Creek Fire and Jones Creek Fire for more information.

Bass can be caught on small jigs fished near the bottom, and they also can be caught on flies. Sturgeon fishing was 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 has started to improve and anglers are starting to catch fall Chinook in the Snake River especially downstream of the Salmon River confluence. See Snake River zone regulations for more information about fishing for fall Chinook salmon in the Snake River.

Steelhead fishing opened 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.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, October 12th, 2022
Campbell Reservoir: There are likely no fish in the reservoir
Upper Klamath Lake: Upper Klamath Lake Report
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Report
Lake Of The Woods: Fishing for yellow perch remains a good bet
Sprague River: Best fishing is near the town of Beatty
Williamson River: The river is exceedingly clear and flows are low
Wood River: Fishing for brown trout and redband trout should be good this week
Agate Lake: Agate remains at 13 percent full at the end of irrigation season
Coos River: The wild coho season in the Coos Basin closes on Oct. 15
Coquille River: Anglers have been catching striped bass in the lower Coquille River
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant remains at 4 percent full at the end of irrigation season
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is filling with the input of various springs and is now at 21 percent full
Rogue River - Middle: Middle Rogue River Report
Rogue River- Upper: Artificial fly season is in place through Oct. 31
Tenmile Lakes: The wild coho salmon fishery opened in Tenmile Lake on Oct. 1
Alsea River: Cutthroat trout are abundant and can be found throughout the Alsea basin
Nehalem River: Fall Chinook fishing has improved on Nehalem Bay
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing continues to be slow on the Salmon River
Siletz River: Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Siletz
Yaquina River: Fall Chinook fishing and coho fishing has been steady on the Yaquina
Fall Creek Reservoir: Fall Creek Reservoir is currently being drawn down
Foster Reservoir: The drawdown of the reservoir for winter storage capacity has started
Gold Lake: Not accessible at this time
Hills Creek Reservoir: Hills Creek Reservoir was last stocked the week of Oct. 3
Salmon Creek: Salmon Creek Update
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Fishing for Chinook is now closed through Oct.15
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: Flows are currently around 430 cfs
Crane Prairie Reservoir: Reservoir water level is moderate at 69 percent full
Hood River: Turbidity due to glacial melt
Laurance Lake: Anglers have had success bank fishing throughout the reservoir
Metolius River: The Metolius River continues to fish well
Ochoco Reservoir: The reservoir is very low
Wickiup Reservoir: The reservoir is very low at 3 percent
Deschutes River: 16.4 lb. Steelhead
Imnaha River: Imnaha River Report

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