Salmon Fishing Summary: What’s Open, What’s Closed

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Chinock SalmonSalmon Fishing: Closed
Salmon fishing is closed on these rivers:

  • Clearwater River mainstem downstream of the South Fork Clearwater River.
  • Middle Fork Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to the confluence of Lochsa and Selway rivers.
  • Snake River downstream from Hells Canyon Dam.
  • Lower Salmon River mainstem downstream from Shorts Creek, about 1.4 miles upstream of the mouth of the Little Salmon River.

Salmon Fishing: Open
Salmon fishing remains open on these rivers:

  • North Fork Clearwater River below Dworshak Dam, until further notice or July 20, whichever comes first.
  • South Fork Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to the confluence of American and Red rivers, until further notice or July 20, whichever comes first.
  • Lochsa River from its mouth upstream to the Twin Bridges immediately upstream from the confluence of Crooked Fork and Colt Killed Creek, until further notice or July 20, whichever comes first.
  • Little Salmon River from a posted boundary at the mouth of the Little Salmon River upstream to U. S. Highway 95 bridge near Smokey Boulder Road, until further notice or August 3, whichever comes first.
  • Upper Salmon River from the Highway 75 Bridge over the mainstem of the Salmon River at milepost 213.5 (about nine miles west of Clayton) upstream to the posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the weir at Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley, until further notice or August 2, whichever comes first.

Salmon Fishing: To open
Salmon fishing opens June 25 on:

  • South Fork Salmon River from the bridge on Forest Service Road 48 – Lick Creek/East Fork South Fork Road – where it crosses the South Fork Salmon River mainstem, just upstream from the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, upstream about 33 river miles to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap, open from June 25 until further notice.

Any waters not specifically open, are closed to Chinook salmon fishing.

Anglers may use only barbless hooks no larger than five-eighths inch from the point to the shank. In the Lochsa River, salmon may only be taken with artificial flies and lures with one barbless hook per fly or lure – no bait. A single hook may have up to three points.

Fishing hours are from one half hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset, local time. Daily and possession limits vary with rivers; anglers should be aware of limits for the particular water they are fishing. The statewide salmon limit is 40 per season. Anglers may keep two jacks per day and have six in possession, but they are not required to record the jacks on a salmon permit.

When the adult limit is reached, the angler must stop fishing for salmon, including catch and-release.

Anglers must have a valid fishing license and salmon permit in possession to fish for salmon. Please consult the 2008 Chinook fishing rules pamphlets or the 2008-2009 Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure for additional rules, license costs and other information.