Idaho steelhead season still open

The steelhead harvest season is open on the Boise, Clearwater,
Salmon, Little Salmon and lower Snake rivers.

The release of steelhead in the Boise on Tuesday, November 22,
was the last for 2011. The trapping rate at Oxbow Dam has slowed,
and no more fish are available. But about 1,000 steelhead already
have been released in the Boise River.

The steelhead limit on the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon is
three per day and nine in possession. The limit on the Clearwater
is two fish per day and six in possession. Anglers may keep 20
steelhead for the season. Once limits are reached, the angler must
stop fishing, even catch-and-release.

Waters open for steelhead harvest are:

Boise River from its mouth upstream to Barber Dam.

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

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

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

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

North Fork Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to Dworshak
Dam.

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

The fall steelhead season ends December 31, and the spring season
begins on January 1.

New rules that took effect August 1 allow anglers to transport
anadromous salmon and steelhead without the head and tail attached
– but only under a number of conditions:

The fish must be recorded on the angler’s salmon or steelhead
permit.

The processed fish must have the skin attached, including the
portion with a healed, clipped adipose fin scar.

It must be packaged in a way that the number of harvested fish
can be determined.

The fish must be processed ashore when the angler is done
fishing for the day.

No processed salmon or steelhead may be transported by boat.

No jack salmon may be processed in the field.

Processed salmon or steelhead count toward an angler’s
possession limit while in the field or in transit.

Steelhead anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license and
steelhead permit. Steelhead anglers may use only barbless hooks,
except on the Boise River, and they may keep only hatchery
steelhead marked with a clipped adipose fin. All other steelhead
must be released immediately.

For more information on steelhead fishing in Idaho, consult the
2011-2012 fishing rules and seasons brochure, available at all
license vendors, Fish and Game offices and online at:
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/rules/steelhead.pdf.

 

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