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 Rainbow Trout 8,996 Greater than 6 inches
1999/10/19 Rainbow Trout 11,485 Greater than 6 inches
1998/07/09 Rainbow Trout 7,285 Greater than 6 inches
1998/07/07 Rainbow Trout 14,600 Greater than 6 inches
1997/07/24 Rainbow Trout 11,050 Greater than 6 inches
1996/10/22 Rainbow Trout 12,000 Less than 6 inches
1996/10/10 Rainbow Trout 28,125 Less than 6 inches
1995/11/09 Rainbow Trout 45,325 Less than 6 inches
1994/10/25 Rainbow Trout 45,000 Less than 6 inches
1994/06/14 White Sturgeon 30 Adults
1994/05/04 White Sturgeon 70 Greater than 6 inches
1994/04/27 Rainbow Trout 161,832 Less than 6 inches
1993/10/15 Rainbow Trout 41,400 Less than 6 inches
1992/10/15 Rainbow Trout 67,500 Less than 6 inches
1991/10/09 Rainbow Trout 48,600 Less than 6 inches
1991/05/14 Rainbow Trout 24,940 Less than 6 inches
1991/05/14 White Sturgeon 40 Greater than 6 inches
1991/05/08 Rainbow Trout 98,260 Less than 6 inches
1990/10/23 Cutbow - Cutthroat x Rainbow Trout 60,600 Less than 6 inches
1989/10/11 Rainbow Trout 51,840 Less than 6 inches
1988/05/05 Rainbow Trout 10,455 Greater than 6 inches
1988/04/19 Rainbow Trout 109,725 Less than 6 inches
1987/04/21 Rainbow Trout 30,140 Less than 6 inches
1987/02/20 Rainbow Trout 9,900 Greater than 6 inches
1986/09/22 Rainbow Trout 10,140 Greater than 6 inches
1986/04/18 Rainbow Trout 10,000 Greater than 6 inches
1985/09/18 Rainbow Trout 9,625 Less than 6 inches
1985/09/16 Rainbow Trout 10,500 Greater than 6 inches
1984/09/28 Rainbow Trout 10,350 Greater than 6 inches
1984/07/19 Rainbow Trout 10,560 Greater than 6 inches
1983/10/17 Rainbow Trout 17,160 Greater than 6 inches
1982/08/24 Rainbow Trout 13,530 Greater than 6 inches
1981/10/07 Rainbow Trout 7,200 Greater than 6 inches
1981/09/16 Rainbow Trout 13,600 Greater than 6 inches
1981/05/12 Rainbow Trout 9,600 Greater than 6 inches
1980/04/18 Rainbow Trout 8,910 Greater than 6 inches
1979/05/02 Rainbow Trout 8,880 Greater than 6 inches
1978/01/10 Rainbow Trout 271,752 Less than 6 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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