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Idaho's Spring Steelhead Season Opens

by Staff
Times-News, Jannuary 9, 2014

Anglers fish the Salmon River, north of Riggins, Idaho, Oct. 14, 2013, in search of prized steelhead. Steelhead anglers have a multitude of lures at their disposal to catch the elusive fish. (Pete Zimowsky) JEROME -- For some anglers, the best thing about New Year's Day is the start of the spring steelhead season, which opened Jan. 1.

Anglers need a 2014 fishing license and steelhead permit.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game said spring steelhead season is open on the:

The season runs through April 30 in most areas, except: Steelhead are in the Boise River only when stocked by 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 Boise River. Barbless hooks are not required in the Boise, but anglers must have a steelhead permit.

Elsewhere, 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 Clearwater drainage are one fish per day and two in possession. In addition, in the North Fork Clearwater River and the Clearwater River downstream of the Orofino Bridge 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.

Consult the Fish and Game website at, license vendors or regional offices for changes to rules published in the 2013-2015 Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure.

Idaho's Spring Steelhead Season Opens
Times-News, Jannuary 9, 2014

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