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January 9, 2014
Spring steelhead season open
For some anglers, the best
thing about New Year's is the start of the spring steelhead season, which opened
Jan. 1. Anglers are reminded that they will need a 2014 fishing license and
Spring steelhead season is
open on the:
from its mouth to the posted boundary 100 yards downstream of the Sawtooth 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
Clearwater rivers upstream to Oxbow Dam.
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
from its mouth to the Barber Dam.
The season runs through April
30 in most areas, except:
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.
from Hells Canyon Dam to Oxbow Dam, the season runs through May 31.
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. During late November,
200 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.
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.
The steelhead limits for the
spring 2014 season on the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon are three per day and
nine in possession. The limits in the
drainage are one fish per day and two in possession. In addition, in the North
Fork Clearwater River and the
downstream of the
only steelhead 28 inches or less in total length may be kept.
The statewide limit for the
spring season is 20 steelhead. Once limits are reached, the angler must stop
fishing, even catch-and-release.
Please consult the Fish and Game Website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov,
license vendors or regional offices for changes to rules published in the
2013-2015 Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure.