Idaho Fishing License Needed In Clearwater River
LEWISTON - Some steelhead anglers have fallen prey to a persistent
rumor that it is legal to fish in the Clearwater River on a Washington
license. Not so, says Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
"There is a sign on the north shore of the Clearwater River at the
confluence with the Snake River that clearly marks the
Clearwater-Snake confluence," says Larry Barrett, fisheries biologist
with IDFG. "If you intend to fish upstream of the sign, you are in the
Clearwater River and must have an Idaho fishing license and steelhead
Another sign, located downstream along the north shore marks the
Idaho-Washington boundary. Anglers licensed in either Washington or
Idaho may fish in the Snake River between the two signs through a
reciprocal agreement between the two states.
The fall steelhead season on the lower Clearwater River began
September 1 from the confluence upstream to the Memorial Bridge in
Lewiston. Harvest of steelhead is not allowed above the Memorial
Bridge until October 15.