Steelhead 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.

Steelhead Methods of Take

  1. Only barbless hooks may be used when fishing for steelhead.  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.

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

~ All fish that are hooked, landed and not immediately released 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 Steelhead

Nez Perce Tribe Reservation

Reservation Boundaries & River Codes
 03  Clearwater River, Reservation Boundary at Hatwai Creek (next to Clearwater River Casino) to Orofino Bridge
 04 Clearwater River Mainstem upstream of Orofino Bridge to the confluence with Clear Creek on the Middle Fork Clearwater
 05 North Fork Clearwater, from confluence with Clearwater River upstream to Dworshak Dam
 07 South Fork Clearwater, from its confluence with Clearwater River upstream to Reservation Boundary at 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.

~ Only adult Steelhead greater than 20 inches total length can be kept and if and reduced to possession must be recorded on your Steelhead permit.

~ Steelhead less than 20 inches total length must be released unharmed back into the river.

~ All steelhead 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 Steelhead 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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