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JANUARY 7, 2010

January 7, 2010

Spring steelhead season opens Friday

By Ed Mitchell

   The spring steelhead season starts Friday, Jan. 1, but anglers will need a 2010 fishing license and steelhead permit to fish on New Year's Day.

   Spring steelhead season opens on the:

   Salmon River from its mouth to the posted boundary 100 yards downstream of the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery weir, near the town of Stanley.

   Little Salmon River from its mouth to the U.S. Hwy. 95 bridge near Smokey Boulder Road.

   Snake River from the Washington state line at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers upstream to Oxbow Dam.

   Clearwater River mainstem and Middle Fork Clearwater River from its mouth to Clear Creek.

   North Fork Clearwater River from its mouth to Dworshak Dam.

   South Fork Clearwater River from its mouth to the confluence of American and Red Rivers.

   Boise River from its mouth to the Barber Dam.

Limits

   On the Boise and Clearwater rivers the steelhead limit is three per day and nine in possession.

   Elsewhere, the daily limits is five steelhead, no more than three may be 32 or more inches in total length. The possession limit is 15, no more than nine may be 32 or more inches long.

   The statewide limits in the fall and spring seasons is 40 steelhead in each, but no more than 20 of those may be caught in the Clearwater River drainage in each season.

   Once limits are reached, the angler must stop fishing, even catch and release.

   Steelhead anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit. Steelhead anglers may use only barbless hooks, and may keep only hatchery steelhead marked with a clipped adipose fin. All other steelhead must be released unharmed.

   In the boundary waters on the Snake River between Idaho and Oregon or Washington, an angler with a valid 2010 Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit may fish where the river forms the boundary between Idaho and Oregon or Washington, but may not fish from the shoreline, including wading, and may not fish in sloughs or tributaries on the Oregon or Washington side.

   An angler may have only the limit allowed by one license regardless of the number of licenses the angler holds.

   Consult 2008-2009 fishing rules brochure for exceptions and special restrictions. For more information on steelhead fishing in Idaho, check the fishing page at the Fish and Game website http://fishandgame.ida ho.gov.

   Don't forget to buy a 2010 fishing license and steelhead permit before heading out!

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