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Lewiston angler establishes new coho state record on the NF Clearwater River

Dec. 6, 2022 Updated Tue., Dec. 6, 2022 at 9:23 a.m.

Jerry Smith measures his coho salmon on the North Fork Clearwater River.  (Courtesy of Jerry Smith)
Jerry Smith measures his coho salmon on the North Fork Clearwater River. (Courtesy of Jerry Smith)

Jerry Smith of Lewiston caught a 30-inch coho salmon, establishing a new state record in the process. Smith hooked the fish on the North Fork Clearwater River, Nov. 13, according to an Idaho Fish and Game news release.

While Idaho’s catch-and-release record program has been around since 2016, this is the first application for an ocean-run coho salmon, setting the stage for future records the agency writes.

The 2022 season for coho salmon is open from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, and more information can be found on the Coho Seasons & Rules page.

In the fall, the Clearwater River is home to several ocean-run species migrating back to Idaho, including steelhead, fall-run Chinook salmon and coho salmon.

Anglers should examine their catch carefully to distinguish the three species, as there are separate seasons and bag limits on each.

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