Snake River Zone Region Guide

Guide created on 2017-11-06


Region Exceptions

Crappie

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Catfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Shad

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Bluegill

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Largemouth bass

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
6, no more than 3 over 15 inches in length
License:
Angling License

Trout

Dates:
All year
Size:
shorter than 20 inches
License:
Angling License

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
2 daily bag limits
Special:
Closed to angling for bull trout. 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
Size:
No Minimum Length

Chub

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Bass

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
An Oregon angling license is required on the Powder River Arm from the mouth upstream to the Huntington - Richland Road Bridge. Brownlee Reservoir ends at the downstream point of Porter Island.
Size:
12 inch minimum length

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Size:
12 inch minimum length

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
2
Special:
No harvest of bass between 12 and 16 inches.

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
No Harvest Allowed
Special:
No harvest of bass between 12 and 16 inches.
Size:
none between 12 and 16 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
Upstream to Hells Canyon Dam
Size:
No limit

Sucker

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Carp

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Salmon

Dates:
All year
Special:
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.
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
no bag limit
Method:
Closed

Brown trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
no bag limit
Special:
Closed to angling for bull trout. 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

Nongame fish

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Northern pikeminnow

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Yellow perch

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Crayfish

Dates:
All year
License:
No license needed
Bag Limit:
100
Possession Limit:
2 daily bag limits

Steelhead

Dates:
All year
Size:
longer than 20 inches
License:
Angling License

Dates:
All year
Special:
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.
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
3
Method:
Closed in all waters unless noted by species
Special:
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.

Whitefish

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Smallmouth bass

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
6, no more than 3 over 15 inches in length
License:
Angling License

Brook trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
no bag limit
Special:
Closed to angling for bull trout. 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

Bullfrog

Dates:
All year
Bag Limit:
no bag limit
License:
No license needed

Walleye

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Sturgeon

Dates:
All year
Special:
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.
License:
Angling License and Columbia River Basin Endorsement Required

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Catch and Release only, Only one single-point barbless hook may be used
Special:
Sturgeon may not be removed from the water and must be immediately released unharmed.

Sculpin

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Sunfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
No limit
Size:
No limit

Hatchery

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Bag Limit:
3
Species:
Trout
Special:
3 hatchery trout over 20 inches may be harvested per day
Size:
over 20 inches

Dates:
Jan 1 - Apr 30
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Upstream to Hells Canyon Dam

Dates:
Sep 1 - Dec 31
License:
Angling License
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Upstream to Hells Canyon Dam

Wild

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Method:
Catch and Release only
Species:
Trout
Special:
Upstream to Hells Canyon Dam

Freshwater

Dates:
All year
Method:
Closed
Species:
clams
Special:
It is illegal to harvest or possess any freshwater mussels or clams.

Closed to all angling

Dates:
All year
License:
Angling License
Special:
Upstream to Hells Canyon Dam Closed from Hells Canyon Dam downstream 400 feet to cable crossing

Angling license

Dates:
All year
Special:
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.

Dates:
All year
Special:
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

Activities Available

Fresh Water Fishing
Salt Water Sport Fishing

Methods Available

Barbless Hook
Illegal To Harvest Or Possess
Spear Gun
On Land
Artificial Fly
Anti-Snagging
Rings
No More Than One Single Point Barbless Hook May Be Used.
Snag Hook
Gig
Catch And Release Only, Only One Single-point Barbless Hook May Be Used
Hand-held Landing Net
Closed
Dip Net
Net
Leader
Codes For Tags
Lure
Snagging, Unlawful
Closed In All Waters Unless Noted By Species
Snagging
Hand
Chumming
Angling, Hand, Bow And Arrow, Crossbow, Spear, Spear Gun, Gaff And Snag Hook
Baited Lines (no Hooks Allowed)
Bobber Fishing
Catch And Release Only
Prohibited
Chumming, Unlawful
Angling
Crossbow
Hand, Baited Lines (no Hooks Allowed), Net, Rings And Traps
Single-point Hooks Larger Than 1-inch Gap And Multiple Point Hooks Larger Than 9/16 Inch Gap Are Prohibited. All Weight, If Not Part Of Conventional Lure, Must Be Attached On The Fishing Line Between The Lure And The End Of The Rod. With Hooks Larger Than 5/8 Inch Gap Or Multiple Point Hook, Weight Must Be Attached 18 Inches Or More Above The Uppermost Hook.
Traps
Bow And Arrow
Angling, Hand, Bow And Arrow, Spear, Spear Gun, Gaff And Snag, Hook And Herring Jig.
Unlawful
Gaff
Fly-Fishing
Angling, Hand, Bow And Arrow, Spear, Gig, Spear Gun, Dip Net
Using Gurdies, Winches Or Reels Affixed To A Boat To Land Fish, Unlawful
Metal Core Line
No Harvest Allowed
Hook Gap
Attractor
Bait
Spear
Strike Indicator
Herring Jig
Bobber
Hook
Bank Angling
On Any Vessel
No More Than Two Hooks May Be Used.
Closed To All Angling
Using Drones/unmanned Vehicles When Angling Or To Aid In Angling, Unlawful
Bait Fishing

State-wide Species Available

Abalone
Alvord Chub
Bass
Bluegill
Borax Lake Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Bullfrog
Bull Trout
Cabezon
California Roach
Caribe
Carp
Catfish
Catlow Tui Chub
Chinook Salmon
Chub
Chum Salmon
Clams
Coho Salmon
Crappie
Crayfish
Flatfish
Flounder
Foskett Springs Speckled Dace
Game Fish
Goose Lake Lamprey
Goose Lake Sucker
Goose Lake Tui Chub
Grass Carp
Grayling
Greenling
Halibut
Hybrid Bass
Jenny Creek Sucker
Klamath Basin Lamprey
Klamath Lamprey
Lahontan Redside Shiner
Largemouth Bass
Leopard Shark
Lingcod
Lost River Sucker
Malheur Mottled Sculpin
Margined Sculpin
Miller Lake Lamprey
Millicoma Dace
Modoc Sucker
Mullet
Mussels
Nongame Fish
Nongame Marine Fish
Northern Pikeminnow
Off-Shore Pelagic Species
Offshore Pelagic
Oregon Chub
Oregon Chub Of Hutton Spring
Oregon Lakes Tui Chub
Pacific Halibut
Pacific Lamprey
Perch
Pink Salmon
Piranha
Pit-Klamath Lamprey
Pit Sculpin
River Lamprey
Rockfish
Salmon
Sculpin
Shad
Sheldon Tui Chub
Shellfish
Short Nose Sucker
Skates
Smallmouth Bass
Smelt
Sockeye Salmon
Sole
Soupfin Shark
Spiny Dogfish
Steelhead
Striped Bass
Sturgeon
Sucker
Suckers
Summer Lake Basin Tui Chub
Sunfish
Tahoe Sucker
Trout
Walking Catfish
Walleye
Warner Basin Tui Chub
Warner Sucker
Western Brook Lamprey
Whitefish
White Sturgeon
Wild
Wild Chinook Salmon
Yellow Perch

General Regulations

Always check your state's official documentation. See our list of state regulations.