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A: Steelhead were released in the Boise River last November. 
2/22/13
A: Catfish are game fish so you can not use a bow to harvest them.  IDAPA 13.01.11.004. Gamefish:  Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake, rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; ...
2/21/13
A: She can fish for steelhead without a license or permit, but her catch will have to go on the permit of an adult fishing with her.  If she wants to keep her catch, she can get a permit to do so.
2/14/13
A: We have a two-pole permit that allows you to use two poles or rods at the same time on waters and during seasons specified by Commission Rule.  This permit is valid for all open water and for salmon and steelhead fishing. NOTE:  The two-pole permit is not valid for use while ice fishing and does ...
1/30/13
A: Actually, many wouldn’t consider the diversity of fishes in the Clearwater Region to be poor.  The Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers all flow through the Clearwater Region.  As a result, we have many fish species that don’t occur in other regions in the State.  For example, we have anadromous ...
1/22/13
A: In recent years about on third (33%) of the harvestin the Upper Salmon in section 19 (East Fork to Sawtooth Hatchery)  occurs in March and about two thirds (66%) occurs in April.
1/14/13
A: As long as you are fishing for steelhead, even if you are fishing catch-and-release only, the steelhead permit is required.
12/11/12
A: Because there are so many places to fish steelhead in the state over such a long period of time, it's really hard to say there is a best time and place. If an angler has a chance to follow the run upstream, the best time could be any month from July or August through May. The first part of each ...
12/10/12
A: Stocking steelhead is over for this year (2012).
12/4/12
A: Yes, but you can only use multiple, single-point hooks  (NO treble hooks) that are barbless (or barbs bent down).   
11/1/12
A: Under the current rules, you can catch and keep 20 hatchery-produced steelhead during the spring season and 20 hatchery-produced steelhead in the fall season for a grand total of 40 steelhead in a year.  See the steelhead section (page 36) of our current 2011 - 2012 Fishing Rules booklet or page ...
10/31/12
A: Please check the idfg website for a news release on steelhead plants.  They start this week on Thursday (Nov. 1). We plan to stock the following week also. Anything after that has yet to be determined.  
10/26/12
A: The first planting of steelhead is Nov. 1, 2012.  Fish will be planted from the Glenwood Bridge to Barber Park.  At this point, we don't know if we will plant steelhead a second time this year or not. Watch the news!
10/12/12
A: Boise River steelhead plant specifics are still up in the air based on reduced returns to  the Hells Canyon trap. Our best estimate is that only 300 will be transferred this year beginning about Nov 1. Press releases will be made available once specifics become more concrete.
10/9/12
A: Only barbless hooks with a maximum 5/8 inch gap between shank and point may be used when fishing for steelhead in the Salmon and main Cleawater river, and the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam.  Bending the barb(s) down to the shank of a single, double, or treble hook will meet this requirement. ...
10/9/12
A: Please contact the Clearwater Region office. Their phone number is 208-799-5010. They will have the latest information.
10/2/12
A: There used to be a rule that banned the use of lights to fish at night. That rule was dropped years ago. Generally, there are no hour limits to fishing and you can fish all night long. It is actually fairly popular to fish for catfish into the wee hours of the night. . However, there could be some ...
9/27/12
A: This is a difficult question to answer because there is no clear definition of "humanely."  Working in the commercial fish industry, we used to put trout in tanks where we pumped carbon dioxide into the water.  After a short period of time the fish tipped over and we ran them through the ...
9/25/12
A: It is too early to say for sure at this point. Steelhead run size has been lower than expected. If returns to hells canyon increase, steelhead would be stocked beginning the first week of november. A firm answer will be available by oct 15.
8/30/12
A: Yes and no.  Idaho code created a Commercial Steelhead Buyers license that allows an individual to buy and sell legally caught, hatchery produced, steelhead.  The same provision was not made for Chinook salmon.  Hence, yes - you can have a license to buy and sell steelhead but no there is not a ...
8/20/12
A: Please contact the Tribal authorities; their website and contact information is http://www.nezperce.org/Main.html.
7/30/12
A: No, Chinook salmon that are stocked in the Boise River originate from returns to Hells Canyon Dam. Returns to Hells Canyon Dam during 2012 were insufficient to meet both hatchery broodstock needs and allow stocking in the Boise River. However, we still plan to tranfer approximately 1000 adult ...
7/29/12
A: Rainbow trout and steelhead are the same genus and species.  Essentially, a steelhead is an ocean-going rainbow trout.  There will be a slight color variation - depending on the time of year, but the only sure-fire way tell a hatchery produced rainbow trout from a steelhead is to check the adipose ...
7/26/12
A: They all are. Each separate line refers to a different reach of the Boise River. We currently stock the Boise River from Barber Dam area to Star Rd. We are in the slow process of trying to fix this database glitch by adding a reach descriptor.  The only way you can tell the difference currently is ...
7/18/12
A: Unfortunately, it is not going to be stocked with Chinook salmon during 2012. Those Chinook stocked in the past few years have originated from hatchery returns to Hells Canyon Dam.  During 2012, returns were insufficient to meet broodstck needs and to provide fish for transferring. However, adult ...
7/18/12
A: Every year we release over one million hatchery steelhead smolts into the South Fork Clearwater River (no hatchery rainbow trout catchables are released into this river).  Two years later, many of these steelhead smolts will return as 12-16 pound steelhead that attract anglers from all over the ...
7/3/12
A: Yes, there was a thorough study completed in 1982 on the suitability of walleye introductions into all Idaho waters exceeding 100 acres. The study concluded for the most part that introduction of walleye would lead to establishment of self-sustaining populations in many waters, including CJ Strike ...
6/10/12
A: Chinook salmon in Lake Coeur d'Alene are not subject to the 5/8 inch shank and the barbless rules of other areas.
6/7/12
A: Yes, there was a thorough study completed in 1982 on the suitability of walleye introductions into all Idaho waters exceeding 100 acres.  The study concluded for the most part that introduction of walleye would lead to establishment of self-sustaining populations in many waters, including CJ ...
6/7/12
A: Northern pikeminnow (squawfish) are a native specie to Idaho.  They are highly predatory once they reach 8 - 10" and tend to prey more on soft-ray fish such as rainbow trout, cutthroat, salmon and steelhead smolts (juveniles).  This makes sense when you consider that all of these species are ...
5/29/12
A: 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.
5/22/12
A: The pages you refer to  receive the most current numbers from a database that the hatcheries updated on a daily basis. That database has been moved out of Idaho Fish and Game and to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). IDFG no longer has access to the data to feed those web ...
5/16/12
A: Rainbow trout (can only be kept if their adipose fin is missing), cutthroat trout, and there may be an occasional brook trout.  You can keep 6 trout (e.g. 4 rainbow, 2 cutthroat; 3 rainbow,, 3 cutthroat; etc.), 25 whitefish, and 25 brook trout.  You can also catch bull trout but you can’t keep ...
5/12/12
A: When the fish runs begin showing up, we will have the counts on our website.  Current information available for salmon is online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=140 and returns will  be posted in late Spring or early summer. Steelhead counts will be available in Spring 2013 ...
5/10/12
A: Steelhead trapping is finished for the year so we will not have the report running again until next year (Spring 2013).
5/1/12
A: Steelhead are rainbow trout longer than 20 inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and the Pahsimeroi and Lemhi rivers), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam and lakes).   Rainbow trout ...
4/23/12
A: Nonresidents can purchase a "daily" fishing license; the first day costs $12.75 and each additional day is $6.00.  You can purchase it at any vendor. If you are interested in Chinook salmon fishing, you can purchase a 3-day salmon/steelhead license.  This includes a fishing license and steelhead/ ...
4/9/12
A: The list of game fish (copied below) is found in the Fishing Rules Book.   Game Fish: Brook, brown, bull, cutthroat, golden, lake (Mackinaw), rainbow (including steelhead), splake and Sunapee trout; trout hybrids; Chinook, coho, Atlantic, and kokanee (blueback) salmon; grayling; whitefish; cisco; ...
4/7/12
A: Idaho is in its 2012 fishing season which means that anglers must have a 2012 Idaho license.  Steelhead and two-pole permits must also be dated 2012.  (All 2011 season licenses and permits have expired).    
2/20/12
A: Yes, but we stress to all individuals the need to obtain a receipt.  This receipt must contain the following information: Name and tribal identification number of Nez Perce tribal member selling the fish Name of the fish buyer Date of the sale Number of salmon sold Species of salmon and where it ...
2/10/12
A: Residents can buy a daily fishing license but not a three-day salmon-steelhead permit. Residents and nonresidents alike may buy a "license entitling a person to fish in the waters of the state on a day-to-day basis." A resident daily fishing license costs $11.50 plus $5 for each additional day ...
3/27/11