Snake River Zone
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
- Where the Snake River forms the boundary between Oregon and Idaho, the following rules apply:
- 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.
- Anglers must follow the rules of the licensing state.
- Anglers are restricted to one daily catch limit, even if licensed by both states.
- Anglers may launch and take out their boats from either state, regardless of licensing state.
- 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.
- See Health Advisory on Advisories & Consumption Guidelines.
Snake River Zone Regulations
Size Limit and Other Specifications
|Trout||6 per day, 3 daily limits in possession.|| ||Open all year.|
|Steelhead||3 per day.|| ||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.|| |
Exceptions to Snake River Zone Regulations
- 12 inch minimum length on bass.
- An Oregon angling license is required on the Powder River Arm from the mouth up to the Huntington – Richland Rd Bridge.
- Brownlee Reservoir ends at the downstream point of Porter Island.
Hells Canyon Reservoir
- 3 hatchery trout over 20 inches may be harvested per day.
- 12 inch minimum length limit on bass.
- 2 bass per day.
- No harvest of bass between 12 and 16 inches.
Washington State Line to Hells Canyon Dam.
- Open for hatchery steelhead Jan 1 – Apr 30 and Sep 1 – Dec 31.
- Wild trout must be released.
- No limit on the size or number of bass.
- Closed from Hells Canyon Dam downstream 400 ft to cable crossing.
Above Brownlee Reservoir to Idaho State Line
- Two rod validation may be used all year.
All trout, salmon and steelhead that are released must be unharmed and should not be removed from the water.
Keep Oregon Rivers Clean (KORC)
Fishing Line Recycling Stations
Discarded fishing line and tackle can be dangerous to fish and wildlife and spoil the scenery. Please discard line and tackle properly.
ODFW’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program established collection stations at fishing areas across the state. Local volunteers including conservation and sporting groups maintain the collection stations. Materials collected are reused, recycled, or properly disposed of.
For information about the program, volunteer opportunities or placing a collection station in your area, please call 503-947-6232 or contact your local ODFW office. Look for a collection station at boat ramps and streambank access sites and help Keep Oregon’s Rivers Clean.