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Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

Friday, July 11, 2014 

2014 Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

  • Boise River
  • South Fork Salmon — Upper Salmon Rivers
  • Snake River — Clearwater River — North Fork Clearwater River, Middle Fork Clearwater — South Fork Clearwater River — Lower Salmon River — Little Salmon River

Please check the box below for any changes to the 2014 seasons.

All salmon with an adipose fin MUST be released!  

All salmon with an adipose fin MUST be released!
Changes/Updates of the Current Seasons
The information listed in this section reflects changes and/or updates ONLY to the current season(s).
Please see the current season documents above and the link to the Interactive Map.

South Fork Salmon River:
  • Closed to the harvest of adult and jack Chinook salmon at the end of fishing hours on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.


Little Salmon River:
  • From the mouth of the Little Salmon upstream to the Pollock Bridge at milepost 190 on Highway 95
    closed to the harvest of adult Chinook salmon at the end of fishing hours on Friday, June 27, 2014.


Salmon River:
  • Lower Salmon: From the mouth to the uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek
    – closed to the harvest of adult and jack Chinook salmon at the end of fishing hours on Thursday, June 19, 2014.


Clearwater River Drainage:
  • Closed to the harvest of adult and jack Chinook salmon at the end of fishing hours on Sunday, June 29, 2014.
2014 Little Salmon River Salmon Fishing Access

Changes Come to Popular Little Salmon River Fishing Spots

A popular stretch of the Little Salmon River at Riggins, Idaho will be accessible for the spring salmon season thanks to an agreement forged by Fish and Game and the local landowner. An 18-month lease targeting the west bank of this river reach will give anglers access to many coveted salmon fishing holes. In the recent past cleaning up after campers and anglers has been an ongoing issue that needed addressed and the land owner has placed new restrictions in an apparent attempt to control litter and misuse. See the new rules and map below or view an electronic pdf (375 kb) copy of both here.

Access Rules
  • Year-round foot access and wading are allowed from the Rapid River/Little Salmon River confluence downstream to a posted sign 300 feet south (upriver) of the steel bridge;
  • Property access is allowed only between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.;
  • Parking areas will be gated from October 10 to November 30, during which only foot traffic will be allowed;
  • Wading across the Little Salmon River from this property to access the east bank of the river or other posted property is NOT allowed;
  • No overnight camping;
  • No campfires;
  • No firearms discharge;
  • No launching of watercraft from the property;
  • No commercial use allowed on the property;
  • Pack-in/pack-out all trash.

Anglers are encouraged to police themselves during the upcoming salmon season. Fish and Game conservation officers, together with deputies from the Idaho County Sheriff's office will be patrolling the area throughout the salmon season.

For more information, contact your local Fish and Game Office:
Looking for other fishing access sites? Try this Fishing and Boating Access Sites tool.
Little Salmon River Fishing Access
Last Updated: July 10, 2014 
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