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Spring Steelhead Season
Will Open January 1st

by Staff
Daily Fly, December 27, 2016

Spring Steelhead fishing. LEWISTON, ID -- Spring steelhead season will open January 1st on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon, Little Salmon, Snake, and Boise rivers. Anglers will need a 2017 Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit.

The steelhead limit is three a day, nine in possession, and 20 for the season.

From the Idaho Department of Fish and Game: 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.

River sections to open include:

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

Spring Steelhead Season Will Open January 1st
Daily Fly, December 27, 2016

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