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Spring steelhead season opens New Year’s Day

For some anglers, the best thing about New Year's is the start of the spring steelhead season, which opens Jan. 1. Anglers are reminded that they will need a 2016 fishing license and steelhead permit.

Spring steelhead season will open on the Salmon, Clearwater and Snake rivers, as well as the Little Salmon River from its mouth to the U.S. Highway 95 Bridge near Smokey Boulder Road and the South Fork Clearwater River from its mouth to the confluence of American and Red rivers.

The season runs through April 30, except:

• On the Salmon River from Lake Creek Bridge to Long Tom Creek, about a quarter mile upstream of the Middle Fork, the season ends March 31.

• On the Little Salmon River, the season runs through May 15.

• On the Snake River from Hells Canyon Dam to Oxbow Dam, the season runs through May 31.

Steelhead anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit. Steelhead anglers may use only barbless hooks and may keep only hatchery steelhead marked with a clipped adipose fin. All other steelhead must be released unharmed. The statewide steelhead limits for the spring 2016 season are three per day, nine in possession, and 20 steelhead for the season.

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