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Steelhead anglers catching fish at a three-hour clip

Steelhead catch rates are picking up and there is plenty of exciting fishing left.

Catch rates in mid-October were 11 hours per fish on the Snake below the Salmon River, three hours per fish on the Clearwater from the mouth upstream to the Orofino Bridge and three hours per fish on the North Fork Clearwater. Steelhead fishing is unique, in that a catch rate lower than 10 hours per fish caught is considered good.

The fall limits on the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon is three per day and nine in possession. The fall limit on the Clearwater is two fish per day and six in possession. Anglers may keep 20 steelhead for the fall season which ends Dec. 31.

Anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit, and may keep only hatchery steelhead marked with a clipped adipose fin. All other steelhead must be released unharmed immediately.

Steelhead catch rates, dam counts, season and rules information and instructional videos are online on the Idaho Fish and Game website,

Fall chinook season closes

The fall chinook season ended Oct. 31 in the Clearwater River, a short stretch of the lower Salmon River and in the Snake River.

As of Oct. 16, anglers had caught and kept 87 marked adults and 60 jack fall chinook and caught and released 231 unmarked adults in the lower Clearwater River. They caught and kept 329 adults and 125 jacks, and caught and released 1,243 unmarked adults in the Snake River.

Hatchery-origin fish are marked with a clipped adipose fin.


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