Snake River Zone Regulations & Map

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The Snake River Zone is all the waters of the Snake River from the Oregon-Washington border upstream to the Oregon-Idaho border. The boundary between the Snake River and its tributaries is defined as a straight line across the mouths of all rivers. The Snake River Zone includes the portions of the Burnt and Powder rivers downstream of the Huntington-Richland Road near their mouths and includes the portion of Pine Creek downstream of the Oxbow Bridge.

Snake River Zone Regulations

  1. Where the Snake River forms the boundary between Oregon and Idaho, the following rules apply:
    1. License of either state is valid in the Snake River when angling from a floating device. However, when fishing tributaries, sloughs or from sloughs or from lands within either state, the angler must be licensed by the state where the waters (or land) are located.
    2. Anglers must follow the rules of the licensing state.
    3. Anglers are restricted to one daily catch limit, even if licensed by both states.
    4. Anglers may launch and take out their boats from either state, regardless of licensing state.
  2. A valid Columbia River Basin Endorsement must be in possession when fishing for salmon, steelhead, or sturgeon in the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream and in all the rivers and their tributaries that flow into the Columbia River.
  3. See Advisories & Consumption Guidelines.

Snake River Zone Regulations


Bag Limit

Size Limit and Other Specifications


Trout 6 per day, 3 daily limits in possession.
  • No minimum length limit.
  • Only 1 trout over 20 inches in length may be taken per day, upstream of Hells Canyon Dam, except for Hells Canyon Reservoir. See Exceptions for Hells Canyon Reservoir.
  • Rainbow trout over 20 inches are considered steelhead downstream of Hells Canyon Dam.
  • No limit on size or number of brook or brown trout in streams unless noted under Exceptions.
  • Closed to angling for bull trout.
Open all year.
Salmon Closed. Closed.
Steelhead 3 per day.
  • See Snake River entry from Oregon-Washington border upstream to Hells Canyon Dam.
  • Only hatchery steelhead may be kept.
  • Restricted to barbless hooks for hatchery steelhead.
  • No annual limit on hatchery steelhead as long as the appropriate number of Hatchery Harvest Tags has been purchased to record the fish.
Closed in all waters unless noted by species under Exceptions.
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass 6 per day, 3 daily limits in possession. No more than 3 over 15 inches in length. Open all year.
Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie, Other Sunfish, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Sucker, Carp, Chub, Northern Pikeminnow, Sculpin, Whitefish, Shad and other Nongame Fish No limit. None.
Sturgeon Catch-and-release only.
  • Sturgeon may not be removed from the water and must be immediately released unharmed.
  • Only one single-point, barbless hook may be used for sturgeon.