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Spring Steelhead Season
Opens New Year's Day

by Staff
Twin Times-News, December 31, 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. STANLEY -- For some anglers, the best thing about New Year's Day is the start of Idaho's spring steelhead season.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said the spring steelhead season will open Jan. 1 on:

The season runs through April 30 in most areas, with these exceptions: Steelhead are in the Boise River only when stocked by Fish and Game. In the Boise River, steelhead are defined as rainbow trout longer than 20 inches with a clipped adipose fin. During November, more than 300 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.

Everywhere, steelhead anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit. 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.

The statewide steelhead limits for the spring 2016 season are three per day, nine in possession, and 20 steelhead for the season.

Information on steelhead fishing including the latest catch rates, seasons and rules, dam counts and instructional videos:

Spring Steelhead Season Opens New Year's Day
Twin Times-News, December 31, 2015

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