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December 15, 2011

Spring steelhead season opens soon

By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG

   With the opening of the spring harvest season Sunday, Jan.1, steelhead fishing in Idaho continues through the winter on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon, Little Salmon, Snake and Boise rivers.

   The steelhead limit is three per day, nine in possession and 20 for the season. Once limits are reached, the angler must stop fishing, even catch-and-release.

   On Jan. 1, anglers will need a 2012 Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit to fish for steelhead.

   Steelhead anglers may use only barbless hooks - except on the Boise River where barbed hooks may be used - and may keep only hatchery steelhead marked with a clipped adipose fin.

   Steelhead fishing on the:

  Clearwater River mainstem from the mouth upstream to Memorial Bridge of U.S. Highway 12 in Lewiston is open until April 30.

  Mainstem and Middle Fork Clearwater River from Memorial Bridge of U.S. Highway 12 in Lewiston upstream Clear Creek is open until April 30.

  North Fork Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to Dworshak Dam is open until April 30.

  South Fork Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to the confluence of American and Red Rivers is open until April 30.

  Salmon River from its mouth upstream to the Lake Creek Bridge about six miles upstream from the mouth of the Little Salmon River, and from Long Tom Creek (about a quarter mile upstream from the Middle Fork Salmon River) to the posted boundary 100 yards downstream from the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery weir, near the town of Stanley is open until April 30.

  Salmon River from the Lake Creek Bridge to Long Tom Creek (about a quarter mile upstream from the Middle Fork Salmon River) closes March 31.

  Little Salmon River from its mouth upstream to the U.S. Highway 95 Bridge near Smokey Boulder Road remains open until May 15.

  Snake River from the Washington state line at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers upstream to Hells Canyon Dam is open until April 30.

  Snake River upstream of Hells Canyon Dam to Oxbow Dam is open until May 31.

  Boise River from its mouth upstream to Barber Dam is open until May 31.

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