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Idaho Steelhead Season Still Open

by Barb Owens
CDA Press, December 9, 2011

Steelhead swim up to 900 miles from the ocean to the headwaters. The steelhead harvest season is open on the Boise, Clearwater, Salmon, Little Salmon and lower Snake rivers.

The release of steelhead in the Boise River on Nov. 22 was the last for 2011. The trapping rate at Oxbow Dam has slowed, and no more fish are available. But about 1,000 steelhead already have been released in the Boise River.

The steelhead limit on the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon is three per day and nine in possession. The limit on the Clearwater is two fish per day and six in possession. Anglers may keep 20 steelhead for the season. Once limits are reached, the angler must stop fishing, even catch-and-release.

Waters open for steelhead harvest are:

The fall steelhead season ends Dec. 31, and the spring season begins on Jan. 1.

New rules that took effect Aug. 1 allow anglers to transport anadromous salmon and steelhead without the head and tail attached - but only under a number of conditions:


Barb Owens
Idaho Steelhead Season Still Open
CDA Press, December 9, 2011

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