Oxbow Reservoir

Flows into the Snake River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Oxbow Reservoir in Adams County is 581.3 acres.


Motor Restriction
Boat Ramp
ADA Access

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
2000/10/16 Mt Shasta Rainbow 8,996 Catchable (6+ inches)
1999/10/19 Mt Shasta Rainbow 11,485 Catchable (6+ inches)
1998/07/09 Rainbow Unspecified 7,285 Catchable (6+ inches)
1998/07/07 Rainbow Unspecified 14,600 Catchable (6+ inches)
1997/07/24 Rainbow Unspecified 11,050 Catchable (6+ inches)
1996/10/22 Colorado River Rainbow 12,000 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1996/10/10 Colorado River Rainbow 28,125 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1995/11/09 Rainbow Unspecified 45,325 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1994/10/25 Rainbow - Hayspur Diploid 45,000 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1994/06/14 White Sturgeon (Snake River) 30 Adults
1994/05/04 White Sturgeon (Snake River) 70 Catchable (6+ inches)
1994/04/27 Rainbow Unspecified 161,832 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1993/10/15 Rainbow Unspecified 41,400 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1992/10/15 Eagle Lake Rainbow 67,500 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1991/10/09 Rainbow - Hayspur Diploid 48,600 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1991/05/14 Rainbow - Hayspur Diploid 24,940 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1991/05/14 White Sturgeon (Snake River) 40 Catchable (6+ inches)
1991/05/08 Arlee Rainbow 98,260 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1990/10/23 Rainbow X Cutthroat - Diploid 60,600 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1989/10/11 Rainbow Unspecified 51,840 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1988/05/05 Mt Lassen Rainbow 10,455 Catchable (6+ inches)
1988/04/19 Rainbow - Hayspur Diploid 109,725 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1987/04/21 Domestic Kamloops 30,140 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1987/02/20 Mt Lassen Rainbow 9,900 Catchable (6+ inches)
1986/09/22 Mt Lassen Rainbow 10,140 Catchable (6+ inches)
1986/04/18 Rainbow Unspecified 10,000 Catchable (6+ inches)
1985/09/18 Rainbow Unspecified 9,625 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1985/09/16 Rainbow Unspecified 10,500 Catchable (6+ inches)
1984/09/28 Rainbow Unspecified 10,350 Catchable (6+ inches)
1984/07/19 Rainbow Unspecified 10,560 Catchable (6+ inches)
1983/10/17 Rainbow Unspecified 17,160 Catchable (6+ inches)
1982/08/24 Rainbow Unspecified 13,530 Catchable (6+ inches)
1981/10/07 Rainbow Unspecified 7,200 Catchable (6+ inches)
1981/09/16 Rainbow Unspecified 13,600 Catchable (6+ inches)
1981/05/12 Rainbow Unspecified 9,600 Catchable (6+ inches)
1980/04/18 Rainbow Unspecified 8,910 Catchable (6+ inches)
1979/05/02 Rainbow Unspecified 8,880 Catchable (6+ inches)
1978/01/10 Rainbow Unspecified 271,752 Fry (0-3 inches)
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

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Fishing Rules, 2022 - 2024

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rules
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

Oxbow Reservoir (between Brownlee Dam and Oxbow Dam)
  • Bass limit is 2, none between 12 and 16 inches
Southwest Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)

  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
  • None under 12 inches

Brook Trout

  • Brook Trout limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for Brook Trout

Bull Trout

  • Bull Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release


  • Kokanee limit is 6


  • Spring and summer Chinook Salmon seasons and limits are set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and issued in separate brochures
  • Seasons and limits for fall Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon can be found here
  • Sockeye Salmon limit is 0 and fishing for or targeting Sockeye Salmon is illegal
  • Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water 

Steelhead (ocean-going)

  • Defined as Rainbow Trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and reservoirs). Between Hells Canyon Dam and Oxbow Dam and the Boise River from its mouth upstream to Barber Dam during steelhead seasons, steelhead are Rainbow Trout over twenty (20) inches in length with the adipose fin clipped (as evidenced by a healed scar)
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water. See fishing regulations for details


  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
  • Barbless hooks are required
  • Use of a sliding swivel device to secure a weight, and a lighter test line to secure weight to sliding swivel device is required. See fishing regulations for details

Tiger Muskie

  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches

Trout includes Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Golden Trout, Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, land-locked Chinook and Coho Salmon, trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)

  • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately


  • Whitefish limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for whitefish

Protected Nongame Fish includes Pacific Lamprey

  • May not be harvested or possessed

All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish

  • No bag, size or possession limit
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