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Owyhee River Sponsored by
Date 16-Aug-17
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Conditions : OWYHEE RIVER: Water releases below the dam have been around 266 cfs according to the USGS stream data.

Fishing has been good for brown trout and rainbow trout in the area below the dam and throughout the typical fishing areas within a few miles of the dam. There has been lots of fishing on the Owyhee and anglers have been catching healthy-looking brown trout and also some very skinny brown trout. There have been some hatches occurring throughout the day so dry-fly anglers have been catching fish as well.

The area between the concrete bridge and the dam has been stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout so anglers can expect to start seeing these fish in the river. The river is running colder this year so fish are expected to stay close to where they were stocked as opposed to them crowding up toward the dam. By spreading the stockings out in the river, this should help to provide rainbow trout fishing in a larger area and may help to spread the anglers out as well.

Please note that the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife will be conducting population sampling in the area between the dam and Snively Hot Springs on August 7-9 to evaluate the rainbow and brown trout fisheries. This work will include a single pontoon boat and two workers starting up by the dam and electrofishing the stream in a downstream pattern. Fish will be captured and measured before being released. This may cause some disruption in the fishing on the river as anglers will not be able to wade around the boat while it is sampling but will be able to get back in the water once the boat passes by.

Reported by: Oregon D.F.W


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About: - Owyhee River may be Idaho's and Oregon's most secluded river. Hidden among thousands of square miles of remote canyons and sagebrush desert where Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon meet, the river was named for a group of Hawaiians who disappeared up the river in 1810. Five different stretches of the Owyhee are known for their whitewater. The Rome to Lake Owyhee section is a popular intermediate run, with a couple of drops rated up to Class IV. The Rome launch site has excellent access for two-wheel drive vehicles. Overnight camping, potable water, and toilet facilities are available.
  • brown trout and hatchery rainbow trout
  • smallmouth bass
  • channel catfish

Misc Info: - ODFW conducted spawning surveys in 2012; the Owyhee River below Owyhee Dam on Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 8-9. A total of 1,488 brown trout redds were counted for a density of 197.3 redds per mile. Only in 2009 and 2010 were more redds counted.


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