Chinook Season Updates

For any season changes please call NPT Fisheries Enforcement at (877) 790-3474, call IDFG at (208) 334-3700 or visit the Idaho Fish & Game website:  www.fishandgame.idaho.gov
These waters are open to fishing for salmon during the periods listed in the posted fishing Regulations. Waters not specifically designated remain closed unless opened by Idaho Fish & Game.

Chinook Methods of Take

  1. Only barbless hooks may be used when fishing for salmon.  Bending the barb down to the shank of a single, double, or treble hook will meet this requirement.
  2. It is unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch measured from the point of the hook to the shank.

Harvest Rules

~ It shall be unlawful to fish in any waters while having fish in possession which violate rules for those waters.

~ Only hatchery salmon with a clipped adipose fin (as evidenced by a healed scar) may be kept. All salmon with an intact adipose fin must be immediately released unharmed back to the water.

~ All salmon that are hooked, landed and reduced to possession shall be counted in the limits of the person hooking the fish.

**Please see posted fishing Regulations for a complete listing  of fishing Rules & Regulations


Clipped Chinook Salmon

Nez Perce Tribe Reservation

The following areas are open to fishing within the Nez Perce Reservation boundaries:

 

~ Nez Perce Tribe Fishing reservation boundaries start at Hatwai Creek (next to the Clearwater River Casino) on the west boundary, going upstream the Clearwater River to the Confluence of the Middle Fork Clearwater River.

~ North Fork Clearwater River is open from the confluence to the Clearwater river upstream to Dworshak Dam.

~ Middle Fork Clearwater is open from the confluence with the South Fork Clearwater River upstream to HWY 12 Bridge at milepost #79.

~ South Fork Clearwater, from its confluence with Clearwater River upstream to Reservation Boundary ar Harpster.

 **Please see posted fishing Regulations for a complete listing of fishing Rules & Regulations including special restrictions

Possession & Season Limits

~ Daily and Season Limits may change throughout the season based on run strength and allowable harvest numbers.

~ Adult Salmon (greater than 24 inches total length) must be recorded on your salmon permit.

~ Salmon less than 24 inches total length count in the bag and possession limit but need not be recorded on the permit.

~ All salmon that are hooked, landed and reduced to possession shall be counted in the limits of the person hooking the fish.

For any season changes or information please call NPT Fisheries Enforcement at (877) 790-3474, call IDFG at (208) 334-3700 or visit the Idaho Fish & Game website: www.fishandgame.idaho.gov

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Catch Reporting

Please complete the catch information on your permit for each Adult Chinook Salmon reduced to possession.  A Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Conservation Enforcement Officer may contact you during or after the season to tabulate harvest information.

Fish Identification

For more information about how to identify Chinook, Coho or Steelhead, please see the quick Identification Guide!

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Radio Tag Reporting

We need your help recovering radio tags from steelhead and Chinook salmon!

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