Spring Steelhead Season Opensby Staff
Bonner County Daily Bee, January 15, 2017
COEUR d'ALENE -- For some anglers, the best thing about New Year's 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:
Steelhead are in the Boise River and the Snake River above Hells Canyon Dam only when stocked by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
During November, more than 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 https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/steelhead.
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