SATURDAY, NOV. 29, 2014

River changes could spur Clearwater steelheading

FISHING -- Clarkston-based fishing guide Toby Wyatt has this professional insight on what steelhead anglers might expect, possibly as soon as this weekend: Despite a very strong run of B run Steelhead due to low burn stained ( runoff from fire's) water the Clearwater has...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014

11.8-pound record coho caught in Clearwater

FISHING -- Idaho Falls angler Steve Micek landed an 11.8-pound coho from the Clearwater River on Sunday, Nov. 9, to set an Idaho state record for ocean-run coho salmon. The catch tops the record set last month as Idaho's first designated coho season kicked off...


Coho adding a new look to coolers of Idaho anglers

FISHING -- Yes, I know that some of the coho Idaho anglers are catching hundreds of miles from the ocean in the Clearwater River are dark and off their prime. But some of the salmon are bright and very good for eating, and opportunity not...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014

Coho in spotlight; steelhead providing action

FISHING -- The first coho fishing season on Idaho's Clearwater River has been capturing a lot of attention this weeke, but fishing guides correctly point out that steelheading -- the bread and butter of late fall fishing in the Snake and Clearwater rivers -- is...

TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

Idaho record coho caught on Clearwater

FISHING -- Idaho's first specific coho fishing season opened Friday on the Clearwater River and before the weekend was over, the state had a new record for coho salmon. Ethan Crawford caught a 9.4-pound coho in the Clearwater and had it officially weighed, according to...

FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

Salmon ID chart helps Clearwater anglers identify catch

FISHING -- Idaho's first specific coho fishing season opens today on the Clearwater River. You can keep coho regardless of whether their adipose fins are clipped or unclipped in the mainstem or designated sections of the Middle Fork and North Fork below Dworshak Dam. But...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014

An Idaho first: Coho fishing to open on Clearwater

FISHING -- In a milestone for Snake River system salmon fisheries, the state Fish and Game Commission has approved a coho fishing season for the Clearwater River -- the first specific coho season to be set in Idaho. The season for coho with clipped and...

TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

Three-times more steelhead headed to Clearwater than last year

FISHING -- Steelhead anglers have thousands of good reasons to fish the Clearwater River, not the least of which is the opening of the catch-and-keep season upstream of Lewiston that starts on Oct. 15. Here's a just-posted report from Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game...


Fall chinook hitting at Snake-Clearwater confluence

UPDATED 11:25 with photo of the big steelhead Shawn Barron caught on Clearwater River (inset) shortly after his son, Tyler, caught the big fall chinook (above). That's what I call a good day of fishing! FISHING -- The nice thing about fishing in the lower...

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Clearwater spring chinook fishing ends Sunday

FISHING -- Fishing for chinook salmon in the Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater and Lochsa rivers will be closed at the end of fishing hours on Sunday (June 29). This closure marks the end of the spring chinook fishery in the Clearwater Drainage. Since...

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

Idaho spring chinook fishing winding down

UPDATED 1:55 p.m. with announcement of Sunday closings by Idaho fish and Game: FISHING -- Idaho’s spring chinook salmon fisheries on the lower Salmon River and the Clearwater River basins are almost history for 2014. Idaho Fish and Game has just issued this announcement: As...


Another Clearwater stretch closing to spring chinook

FISHING -- At the end of fishing hours on Thursday June 12, the fishing harvest season will close for adult Chinook Salmon (24 inches or longer) on the Clearwater River between the Orofino Bridge and the South Fork Clearwater. The Idaho Fish and Game Department...


Idaho closing chinook season on portions of Clearwater

FISHING -- The recent reports of great spring chinook fishing on Idaho's Clearwater River were a prophesy that some quota's would soon be reached. Time has come. Here's a closure notice just released: At the end of fishing hours on Friday, June 6, 2014, the...


Clearwater river hot for spring chinook fishing

FISHING -- "Fishing was exceptional in the Clearwater River drainage last week with catch rates less than 10 hrs/fish in many places and averaging 14 hrs/fish for the entire basin," says Joe Dupont, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager in Lewiston. "Based on...

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

Fish on! for Snake River spring chinook anglers

FISHING -- Now's the time to head to the Snake River for spring chinook. Counts of chinook passing lower Snake River dams are on the rise and water conditions are more than respectable, according to a Lewiston Tribune update story by Eric Barker. “Flows are...


Idaho should see good spring chinook fishing any day

FISHING -- Big numbers of spring chinook are coming and river flows are ideal -- that's a recipe for success in Idaho waters, says Joe Dupont, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager in Lewiston. Although only 21 fish were estimated to have been...


Anglers clamor for a springer season near Clarkston

FISHING -- Although fisheries officials aren't making a commitment until run size is confirmed, anglers made it clear Wednesday night that they want to be able to catch spring chinook in the Snake River when they move upstream past Clarkston this year. Biologists listed to...


Salmon fishing boats banned from Clearwater’s Big Eddy

FISHING -- Idaho Fish and Game explains a new rule that will greet Clearwater River chinook salmon anglers this season: Ask Fish and Game: 2014 Spring Chinook Salmon Rules Q: I noticed boaters will not be allowed to fish the Big Eddy hole on the...


Fish-game cops need help with poaching cases

HUNTING/FISHING -- Poaching is a live and well in the region's mountains and streams, and state fish and wildlife officers in Washington and Idaho are looking for help making cases. Two in particular include: Entiat bucks: A $2,000 reward is being offered by the Washington...


Hi-tech biologists learning Snake River steelhead migration secrets

FISHING -- Matt Corsi, Idaho Fish and Game fisheries researcher based in Lewiston, put together the article above regarding a telemetry study in the Clearwater River drainage in collaboration with the Nez Perce Tribe. Click "continue reading" to see the rest of the story.

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