Snake River

Who needs a boat!

Who needs a boat. Forgot my big net. Wouldn't you know it I hook into the largest steelhead I've ever hooked. 10 of the longest minutes of my life followed, finally landing this fatty with a severly undersized net.

An even bigger day on the Snake River included a 15 pound hatchery steelhead, catching and releasing a native salmon, shooting a handful of chukars, lunch on the white sandy beach of the Snake River and fishing for smallmouth as the sun went down over the Oregon Blues. Dinner. Pure Idaho. But before we could take a bite out of Chukar Surprise over potatoes and fried bass the sturgeon rod went nuts. 45 minutes later the 7.5 foot fish finally cooperated for a quick pic and healthy release.

- Eric Hart

Sportsmen Fall for Idaho's Snake River

  • Fall Chinook fishing season is heating up in the Snake River
    Couse Creek Ramp to Sheep Creek is the "hot spot" with 27.5 hours per fish kept. Learn More
     
  • Steelhead fishing is also good in this area of the Snake River
    The current rate is 19 hours per fish kept. Learn More
     
  • Try bird hunting when you want a break from fishing. 
    Mourning Dove season is open now, and starting Saturday, October 1, upland bird hunters will be able to hunt all five grouse species in addition to chukar and gray partridge and quail within the same week. Learn More

Get your rod, gun, and dog and go out and enjoy Idaho's abundant fish and wildlife resources during the beautiful fall weather!

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