What is the guide on mis-clipped steelhead?

Question:

What is the details on mis-clipped steelhead, salmon some times the clipped area is 1/4 inch up on the fin some times their is a sliver of fin left with both having evidence of a healed scar ?

Answer:

The key is the language regarding a “healed scar.”  The fish were small when the adipose fin was clipped.  If the adipose is altered and the wound is healed – you should be ok to keep the fish.