CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
January 5, 2012
Spring steelhead season open
By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG
A sure cure for cabin fever,
the spring steelhead season opened Jan. 1, and anglers will need a 2012 fishing
license and steelhead permit.
Spring steelhead seasons will be open on the:
from its mouth to the posted boundary 100 yards downstream of the Saw-tooth Fish
Hatchery weir, near the town of
from its mouth to the U.S. Highway 95 Bridge near
Smokey Boulder Road.
state line at the confluence of the Snake and
rivers upstream to Oxbow Dam.
mainstem and Middle Fork Clearwater River from its mouth to Clear Creek.
Clearwater River from its mouth to Dworshak Dam.
Clearwater River from its mouth to the confluence of American and
from its mouth to the Barber Dam.
The season runs through April 30 in most areas, except:
Salmon River from
about a quarter mile upstream of the Middle Fork, the season ends March 31.
On the Little Salmon River the season runs through May 15.
upstream to Barber Dam, the season ends May 31.
Steelhead are in the
only when stocked by Idaho Fish and Game. Here steelhead are defined as rainbow
trout longer than 20 inches with a clipped adipose fin. This year about 1,000
steelhead were stocked in the
Barbless hooks are not required in the
but anglers must have a steelhead permit to fish for and keep steelhead.
The steelhead limit is three
per day and nine in possession. The statewide limit for the spring season is 20
steelhead. Once limits are reached, the angler must stop fishing, even
Steelhead anglers must have a
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
or Washington, an angler with a valid 2012
fishing license and steelhead permit may fish where the river forms the boundary
but may not fish from the shoreline or in sloughs or tributaries on the
side, including wading. An angler may have only the limit allowed by one license
regardless of the number of licenses the angler holds.
Consult 2011-2012 fishing
rules brochure for exceptions and special restrictions. For more information on
steelhead fishing in
Idaho, check the Fish and Game Website
Don't forget to buy a 2012
fishing license and steelhead permit before heading out. For stories about
steelhead fishing go to:
Sportsmen's Report sponsored by John and
Riverside Sport Shop/Sinclair
11320 U.S. Highway 12, Orofino--208-476-5418
to see their web page