Idaho Steelhead Fishing Remains Open

Sean Visintainer - 12/18/18

Britten Jay with a hatchery Clearwater steelhead from early December 2018.

Fish on!

We are a little behind on reporting this, but for those interested in trying to swing up a Clearwater steelhead this winter you still have that opportunity. A few weeks back Idaho Fish and Game announced they would be closing the steelhead season in Idaho due operating without a current permit and were threatened with a lawsuit from five organizations over the lack of federal authorization for steelhead fishing in the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater River systems.

The continuance of steelhead fishing results from an agreement between Fish and Game, the Idaho River Community Alliance, Inc. and five groups. With the exception of a few areas on the Salmon and Snake Rivers, anglers will be able to continue fishing throughout the rest of the season.

Read full press release from Idaho Fish and Game here -

  • The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Friday, Dec. 7 approved an agreement to keep most steelhead seasons open, but steelhead fishing in two areas closed effective 11:59 p.m. Dec. 7, 2018.

  • Closure areas include:
    1. The Main Salmon River between Warren Creek and the Copper Mine Boat Ramp.
    2. South Fork of Clearwater River upstream of the Mount Idaho Grade Bridge. (See maps below)

  • The commission also acted to continue the one steelhead daily bag limit through the end of 2018 and into the 2019 spring season.

Read the Full Article

Photo - Britten Jay with a hatchery Clearwater steelhead from early December 2018.