Steelhead fishing on
the Snake River is great. Every year fishing guides catch
Steelhead on the Snake River. Snake river Steelhead are hard
fighting fish that are good to eat.
Steelhead are the migrating version of rainbow
trout. Rainbow trout are the "land locked" version,
and remain in freshwater throughout their life.
Steelhead migrate from the ocean into freshwater to
spawn, and then can swim back out to the ocean again
if they wish. Since steelhead are not do not die
after spawning they are not an "official" Pacific
Salmon. But, steelhead are often a favorite of local
fishers for their large size and feisty attitude.
Lake Washington currently has a steelhead recovery
program underway to help increase the number of fish
in the system. If you see a salmon, here's some tips
to use to determine whether or not it's a steelhead
Fish Unlimited An Idaho Snake River Fishing Guide
For Steelhead, Salmon, Sturgeon Trout And Bass
Fish Unlimited is an Idaho Fishing Guide and
Outfitter for the Snake River, Hells Canyon and nearby
areas for Steelhead fishing, Sturgeon and oversize
Sturgeon, Salmon and Bass and Trout. When you join us
for a fishing trip you will quickly find out that it's
not "if" you will catch fish but "how many fish" will
you catch. It's not "if" you'll catch a Sturgeon but
"how big" will will the oversize Sturgeon be.
Snake River Fishing Guide website.
SNAKE RIVER below HELLS CANYON
RESERVOIR: trout, smallmouth bass
Fishing for adipose fin-clipped steelhead has opened
and the fishing is very good. The bag limit for
steelhead increased to five adipose fin-clipped
steelhead per day, with no more than three 32 inches
in total length or greater. There are a lot of
fishermen in the area, so please use good fishing
Snake River Large numbers of hatchery steelhead
are released in Snake River tributaries and at the
base of Hells Canyon Dam. As a result good numbers
of adult steelhead are generally available for
harvest from October through April. This year is no
exception. Anglers without jetboats are limited to a
few access points on the Oregon side, one at Hells
Canyon Dam and the other at Dug Bar. Dug Bar is
accessed by traveling to Imnaha, then north down the
Imnaha River. The road is not suitable for passenger
cars. Fishing conditions in the Snake River are
stable through the winter due to flow management at
upstream dams. The river is large and difficult to
wade. Most anglers use lures and drift-fishing
techniques, or pull plugs behind jet boats. For
further information contact the Enterprise District
Office at (541) 426-3279 and ask for Brad Smith or
Bill Knox. Umatilla River Wild and hatchery summer
steelhead enter the Umatilla River in late summer
through spring. This year is again expected to offer
good angling opportunity with an expected return of
2,800 hatchery and wild fish. Approximately 30
percent of the returning steelhead are expected to
be harvestable, hatchery-origin fish. Water
conditions generally determine angler success. Bank
fishing is generally best when river flow ranges
from 300-600 cfs. Drift boaters usually prefer about
800 cfs to traverse shallow areas. Fishing success
declines rapidly at flows greater than 1,000 cfs.
Visit the following website for up-to-date flow
Bank angling access on publicly owned land in the
lower river is limited to Steelhead Park and
Riverfront Park at the Westland Road Bridge, and
Bureau of Reclamation owned lands downstream of
Riverfront Park and downstream of Three Mile Dam.
Most fishing in the lower river occurs below Three
Mile Dam. Upriver fishing is concentrated from
Pendleton downstream to Barnhart. Publicly owned
access is limited, but The City of Pendleton Parkway
provides access to some good fishing holes and
several landowners downstream of Pendleton have
allowed anglers bank access at several points in
past years. Always ask landowner’s for permission.
The best fishing in this area typically occurs from
March through the mid-April closure. Successful
anglers cast flies, spinners and spoons, and drift
fish with bait. During low flows many anglers
utilize bobbers and bait or jigs. For further
information contact Tim Bailey at the Pendleton
District Office, (541) 276-2344.
Snake River / Hells Canyon
Steelhead Fishing Guides
Steelhead Identification characteristics:
Head blunt, jaw short - does not extend past
Distinct dark spots on dorsal fin
Square-shaped tail fin with radiating
pattern of spots
Often has reddish stripe along sides, gill
Length up to 45 inches
Late March through early June
WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091 http://wdfw.wa.gov
Snake River fall chinook fishery opens Sept. 1
Action: The Snake River will open for fall chinook fishing.
• Area A: From the Highway 12 Bridge (near the mouth of the
Snake River) upstream to the no-fishing zone below Ice Harbor
• Area B: From Highway 261 Bridge crossing on the Snake River
(approximately one half mile upstream from Lyons Ferry Hatchery)
upstream to the no-fishing zone below Little Goose Dam.
Dates: Sept. 1 through Oct.15, 2009.
Species affected: Fall chinook salmon.
Reason for action: Because there are sufficient numbers of
upriver bright fall chinook and wild Snake River fall chinook
returning to the Columbia River, a fishery can open on the lower
Snake River. Therefore, a limited fall chinook fishery for
marked hatchery adult chinook, and both marked and unmarked
chinook jacks (less than 24 inches) will open Sept. 1. This 2009
fishery includes changes from last year's fishery for adult
hatchery fall chinook near Little Goose Dam.
Other Information: Fishing will be open seven days per week.
Night closure is in effect for all species within the identified
boundaries of the fishery. The total salmon daily limit will be
two marked hatchery (adipose clipped) adult fall chinook (24
inches or greater), plus four jack chinook under 24 inches
(either hatchery or wild), except along the "wall" and walkway
area upstream of the juvenile fish bypass return pipe (below
Little Goose Dam) where the daily limit will be one hatchery
adult chinook and up to two jack chinook. Anglers are reminded
that they must stop fishing for salmon once the daily limit of
adult salmon has been retained. Anglers within the designated
one adult hatchery chinook area must stop fishing for salmon in
this designated area once the daily limit of one adult hatchery
salmon has been retained.
Hatchery salmon have a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at
the location of the missing fin. Adult chinook or steelhead with
unclipped adipose fins must be immediately released unharmed.
Anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for chinook or
steelhead in the Snake River.
Anglers cannot remove any chinook or steelhead from the water
unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit. Anglers
should ensure they identify their catch because unmarked
returning chinook salmon, coho salmon and unmarked steelhead are
in the Snake River during this fishery. Anglers should refer to
the 2009/2010 Fishing in Washington sport fishing rules pamphlet
for other regulations, including possession limits and safety
closures. Angler catch rates will be monitored closely and Snake
River salmon fisheries may close before Oct. 15 if the allowable
limits for impacts on wild fish are reached.
James Harvey & Mike Weise
Tag teamed this beauty at McNarry
Nice McNary Steelhead Nov 2008
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Flows at the Nyssa gauge averaged 7,969 on Nov. 8.
Flows at the Weiser gauge averaged 10,935 on Nov. 8.
Flows at both gauges remain slightly above flows
observed last year at this time and both are
trending downward. Angling for smallmouth bass and
catfish is slow.