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Catch-and-keep steelheading to open in lower Clearwater

The fleet is out, congregating at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers at Lewiston, casting their luck and a lure to catch a salmon or a steelhead.  Tribune/Barry Kough (Tribune/barry Kough / The Spokesman-Review)
The fleet is out, congregating at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers at Lewiston, casting their luck and a lure to catch a salmon or a steelhead. Tribune/Barry Kough (Tribune/barry Kough / The Spokesman-Review)

FISHING -- The fall steelhead harvest season in Idaho opens Aug. 1, on a two-mile stretch of the lower Clearwater River from its mouth to the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge near Lewiston.

The catch-and-release steelhead season has been open on the lower Clearwater River since the beginning of July.

Click here to check the upstream progress of the fishery fish at Bonneville and Lower Granite dams.

Read on for details from Idaho Fish and Game.

On Monday, August 1, anglers can start to take some home. The daily limit is two fish with six in possession. Anglers may keep 20 steelhead for the fall season, which ends December 31. Only steelhead, defined as rainbow trout longer than 20 inches, with a clipped adipose fin, evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept.

Upstream of the Memorial Bridge, steelhead fishing in the Clearwater is limited to catch-and-release.

Catch-and-release fishing also opens August 1 on the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers and on the Snake River from the Washington border and the confluence with the Clearwater to Hells Canyon Dam.

Steelhead harvest seasons open:

  • September 1 – on the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers and the Snake River from its confluence with the Clearwater to Hells Canyon Dam open for steelhead harvest. The limits on these waters are three per day and nine in possession.
  • October 15 – on the main stem of the Clearwater River above the Memorial Bridge, the South Fork Clearwater River, the North Fork Clearwater River below Dworshak Dam, and the Middle Fork Clearwater River below Clear Creek all open to steelhead harvest. The limits on these waters are two per day and six in possession.
  • The season limit for the fall 2011 season is 20 fish statewide.



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