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Spring Steelhead Season
to Open January 1

by Staff
Bonners Ferry Herald, December 15, 2016

A hatchery steelhead soon meets its end in the hatchery from which it came. For some anglers, the best thing about New Year's day is the start of the spring steelhead season, which opens Jan. 1 on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon, Little Salmon, Snake and Boise rivers.

But before wetting a line, anglers will need a 2017 Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit.

River sections to open include:

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. 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 immediately.

Steelhead are in the Boise River and the Snake River above Hells Canyon Dam only when stocked by Idaho Fish and Game. During November, over 300 steelhead were stocked in the Boise River. A steelhead permit is required to fish for and keep steelhead (rainbow trout longer than 20 inches with a clipped adipose fin). Barbless hooks are not required on the Boise River.

Consult Idaho's 2016-2018 Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure for exceptions and special restrictions. For additional information on steelhead fishing including the latest catch rates, dam counts, and useful instructional videos, go to

Related Pages:
NOAA Releases Proposed Changes to Columbia Basin Mitchell Act Hatchery Programs by Staff, Columbia Basin Bulletin, 12/16/16
Study Looks at Ways to Reduce Hatchery Steelhead Adaptation to Captivity, Increase Survival by Staff, Columbia Basin Bulletin, 12/2/16
NOAA Fisheries Stipulates No Mitchell Act Funds for 10 Hatcheries Until Hatchery BiOp Completed by Staff, Columbia Basin Bulletin, 9/9/16
Study: Changes to Genetics of Hatchery Steelhead Occur in Just One Generation by Staff, Columbia Basin Bulletin, 2/26/16

Spring Steelhead Season to Open January 1
Bonners Ferry Herald, December 15, 2016

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