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Spring Steelhead Season Opens Today

by Staff
Times-News, January 1, 2015

A worker shows off a steelhead captured in a trap at Hells Canyon Dam and transported by truck tanker to Idaho Power's Oxbow Hatchery. JEROME -- Idaho's spring steelhead season opens today, Jan. 1. Anglers will need a 2015 fishing license and steelhead permit.

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

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 November, 950 steelhead were stocked in the Boise River. Barbless hooks are not required in the Boise, but anglers must have a steelhead permit to fish for and keep steelhead, the agency said.

Statewide, steelhead anglers may use only barbless hooks (except in the Boise), and may keep only hatchery steelhead marked with a clipped adipose fin. All other steelhead must be released unharmed.

Steelhead limits for the spring 2015 season are three per day and nine in possession. The statewide limit for the spring season is 20 steelhead. Once limits are reached, anglers must stop fishing.

More information about steelhead fishing in Idaho:

Spring Steelhead Season Opens Today
Times-News, January 1, 2015

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