Snake River Below Hells Canyon Reservoir Report

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.

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.

Anglers continue to catch fall Chinook in the Snake River downstream of the Salmon River confluence, and some steelhead have also been caught throughout Hells Canyon.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, October 19th, 2022
Balm Creek Reservoir: Balm creek reservoir is dry
Gerber Reservoir: Launching a boat on a trailer is likely impossible
Upper Klamath Lake: Upper Klamath Lake Fishing Report
Lake Of The Woods: Fishing for yellow perch remains a good bet
Miller Lake: Hatchery rainbow trout are still available
Sprague River: Flows are low at 167 cfs
North Fork Sprague River: Water temperatures have decreased
Sun Creek: Fishing not recommended at this time
Sycan River: Fishing not recommended due to extensive drought and fire
Unity Reservoir: Unity Reservoir has been fishing steady
Williamson River: Williamson River Fishing Report
Wood River: Fishing for brown trout and redband trout should be good this week
Alsea River: Alsea is still producing some nice fish every day
Kilchis River: The Kilchis will be open for retention of hatchery salmon but will be closed to wild
Miami River: Miami River Report
Necanicum River: Fall Chinook are available in the Necanicum basin
Nehalem River: Fall Chinook fishing has improved on Nehalem Bay
Nestucca River: Fall Chinook fishing has been fair to good in Nestucca Bay
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing has picked up on the Salmon River
Siltcoos Lake: Warmwater fishing for bass and panfish is still good
Trask River: The Trask is closed to the retention of wild Chinook this year
Wilson River: Summer steelhead are still available to catch in the Wilson River
Yaquina River: Fall Chinook fishing and coho fishing has been steady on the Yaquina
Quartzville Creek: The river is currently running at 20 cfs
Santiam River ( North Fork) : Summer steelhead are still available
Santiam River (South Fork): Summer steelhead returns are improved this year
Davis Lake: Recent fishing reports of good bass fishing
Fall River: Fly-anglers report excellent fishing in the Fall River
Odell Lake: Anglers report good kokanee fishing
Pine Hollow Reservoir: Recently Stocked
Wickiup Reservoir: The reservoir is very low at 3 percent
Grande Ronde River: Trout fishing has been good on the Grande Ronde River
Imnaha River: Steelhead fishing has begun to pick up
Wallowa Lake : Kokanee have been spawning in the Wallowa River
Wallowa River: Coho salmon are moving into the Wallowa River watershed and will begin spawning

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