ID: Spring steelhead season opens soon
With the opening of the spring harvest season Sunday, January 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 January 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
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
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
In the boundary waters on the Snake River between Idaho and
Oregon or Washington, an angler with a valid Idaho fishing license
and steelhead permit may fish where the river forms the boundary
between Idaho and Oregon or Washington, but may not fish from the
shoreline on the Oregon or Washington side, including wading or in
sloughs or tributaries. An angler may have only the limit allowed
by one license regardless of the number of licenses the angler
Consult the 2011-2012 fishing rules brochure for exceptions and
special restrictions. For more information on steelhead fishing in
Idaho, check the Fish and Game Website