We don't have great information on this, but we do have some idea about how these fish typically move.IDFG has tagged some of the steelhead and salmon that have been released into the Boise River. By keeping track of where tagged fish are released, and where they were caught by anglers, we can get some idea of the movement patterns. Most of the salmon and steelhead released tend to move upstream after a day or two of being stocked, so they tend to spread out if they were caught immediately. Some anglers claim to have found Boise River steelhead in odd places like irrigation return drains that connect to the Boise River,and even as far downstream as Star or Middleton. This suggests there are some steelhead turn around and try to "leave" the river, but most seem to stay and move upstream. In some years, anglers have reported catching steelhead as late as March, showing that some spend the entire winter before being caught. However, this is not typical and most steelhead are caught within a monthof being transferred to the Boise River.
Another 150 steelhead will be stocked in the Boise River on Thursday, November 19, the last of two planned stocking efforts prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
In years past, as many as 900 steelhead made the road trip from Hells Canyon Dam to the Boise River, but this year's below-average steelhead return means only about 300 fish will be coming to the Boise River this fall.
The fish will be stocked at four locations along the Boise River, including Glenwood Bridge, just below the Broadway Avenue Bridge behind Boise State University, at Parkcenter Bridge and at Barber Park. Anglers should note that no stocking will take place at Americana Bridge due to construction at that location.
Besides a fishing license, anglers hoping to tangle with one of the hatchery steelhead need a $12.75 steelhead permit, good for 20 fish. Though required in other steelhead waters, barbless hooks are not required for Boise River steelhead angling.
All steelhead stocked in the Boise River will lack an adipose fin (the small fin normally found immediately behind the dorsal fin). Boise River anglers catching a rainbow trout longer than 20 inches that lacks an adipose fin should consider the fish a steelhead. Any steelhead caught by an angler not holding a steelhead permit must immediately be returned to the water. Steelhead limits on the Boise River are three fish per day, nine in possession, and 20 for the fall season.
The fish are A-run hatchery steelhead, returning to the Idaho Power Company-owned and funded Oxbow Hatchery fish trap below Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River.
For more information regarding the Boise River steelhead release, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465 or check the department's web site at:
In Idaho we require seperate permits to fish for steelhead and salmon. So, the Steelhead permit is good for fishing in the spring and fall steelhead seasons. You need to record all steelhead caught and kept over 20" in length on your permit.
The Salmon permit is good for fishing in the spring and summer (spring Chinook salmon) and fall (fall Chinook and coho salmon). Salmon over 24" that are kept must be recorded on your permit by removing a date notch and recording the river section where the fish is caught.
Thread the hook through the main body of the shrimp. If the shrimp has been frozen or is soft, some people will put a couple of half-hitchesof thread around around the shrimp on the hook to hold it in-place.
Most people will use shrimp below a "Sammy" when the river temperatures are cooler in the winter.
In the Salmon River below the Middle Fork, you can only keep trout with a clipped adipose fin. The cutthroat you are catching are wild and will have all their fins. Therefore, it would be illegal to keep wild cutthroat caught in that reach of the Salmon River.
We plan to stock the Boise River again in 2015 with steelhead trapped at Hells Canyon dam. Anticipated release date(s) in November will be advertised in the local media and on our webpage. Stay tuned!!
At this time, it is too early to tell whether there will be steelhead transferred to the Boise River. Normally, the Oxbow Hatchery trap is opened in late October, but that is dependent on the water temperatures in the Snake River. Once the water temperture comes down where fish can be safely trapped and moved to Oxbow Hatchery, the numbers of steelhead available will become clear. It will likely be early November before we know for sure whether there will be enough steelhead to meet brood stock needs and provide fish to the Boise River. In years when we seeaverage run numbers of steelhead returning, we typically make at least one plant to the Boise River. In good years, there may be as many as three plants.Right now it is just too early to tell what the season will look like for the Boise River.
There are a number of variables that effect when salmon and steelhead arrive in the Stanley Basin. Flow, temperature and downstream fish passage conditions are the most common environmental conditions that can alter arrival by 2 - 3 weeks.
The Stanley area has both spring and summer run Chinook. They typically don't arrive until mid-July. There are few Stanley Basin steelhead and no fishing open above the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery. Most steelhead begin arriving in mid to late October in the Salmon/Challis area and will stage in the main Salmon River over the winter and move into the tributary streams in March and early April to spawn.
It is illegal to fish for salmon and steelhead when the area is not open for those species. That includes catch-and-release fishing.
Chinook salmon and steelhead do not use those upper basin lakes. The only anadromous fish found are sockeye which need the lakes for an important part of their lifecycle. Hopefully, we will have a sockeye fishery in Idaho wtihin the next 10 years on hatchery produced fish.
The Yankee Fork is home to several species of fish, including Chinook Salmon, Steelead, Bull Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Mountain Whitefish. At this time, the populations of salmon and steelhead are very low and no fishing is allowed for those species. Bull Trout and Cutthroat Trout are catch/release only and the season is open all year. Mountain Whitefish are also present, and they can be kept all year at 25/day.
Check out Pages 41-42 in the 2013-2015 Fishing Regulation for more information, which you can download here:
Even though you have a mining claim, a fishing license is still required. All fishing in Idaho requires a fishing license, unless you are fishing a private pond where the owner has a valid private pond permit.
You can buy a license all over the state at many local vendors, or buy it online. Now you can even buy your license using your mobile phone!