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FEBRUARY 18, 2010

February 18, 2010

   The winter stream season continues on most regional streams from Dec. 1 through Mar. 31. During the winter stream season, all trout, except brook trout, must be released, and all gear restrictions that apply during the general season still apply.

   An exception to the gear restrictions is that insects and insect larvae can be used for bait in the Selway River below the Selway Falls cable car, the Lochsa River below the Wilderness Gateway Bridge, and the North Fork Clearwater River above Dworshak Reservoir during the winter stream season.

   Kelly Creek, Crooked Fork Creek, the Lochsa River above Wilderness Gateway Bridge, and the Selway River above the Selway Falls Bridge do not have winter stream seasons.

Whitefish

   The underappreciated whitefish is very common in most regional streams and can grow to over 20 inches long. They are active all winter and can provide excellent cold-weather fishing. The Clearwater River below Kooskia, the lower Selway and Lochsa are the best places to try your luck for this sporty fish.

   Most anglers fish with small wet flies just off the bottom in riffle areas for the best results. In those waters where bait is allowed, many anglers tip their flies with a maggot or piece of nightcrawler to add a little additional enticement.

Smallmouth bass

   The Snake and lower Salmon Rivers both have excellent smallmouth bass populations. Winter fishing for them can be slow, although a few die-hard bass anglers catch some winter fish. Deep water and slow presentations are the way to go for winter bass. Smallmouths in these rivers usually average about 10-12", but fish up to five pounds are caught every year.

   The above information was collected from Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s website.

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