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Steelhead Fishing

Thursday, April 17, 2014 

Licenses and Steelhead Permits
Fishing for steelhead in Idaho requires a fishing license and a permit. Licenses can be purchased at Fish and Game offices, license vendors and online.

  • Fishing License - $25.75
  • Junior License (14-17 years) - $13.75
  • Steelhead Permit - $12.75

Note to Nonresidents: Starting in 2013, when you purchase a nonresident hunting license, it includes a 3-day fishing license. It does not include the steelhead permit.

  • Fishing License - $98.25
  • Junior Fishing License -$21.75
  • Steelhead Permit - $25.75
  • 3-day Steelhead License and Permit - $37.50

How To Videos

Spring Steelhead Anglers Access Upper Salmon River Spring Steelhead Anglers Access Upper Salmon River
Steelhead anglers find a way to access the upper Salmon River spring fishing. Jim Hardy, Construction Foreman for the Screen Shop describes anglers determina...
Duration: 2:06   Views: 790
Updated: Wednesday Apr. 9, 2014

Steelhead Fishing - Side Planer Steelhead Fishing - Side Planer
Scott Putnam shows anglers how to rig a side planer. He likes fishing stelhead and salmon with a side planer because it gets your line out to where the boats...
Duration: 7:05   Views: 7014
Updated: Sunday Mar. 16, 2014

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From the Field

Steelhead Spawning Steelhead Spawning
Big beautiful steelhead travel 897 miles home to renew the cycle.
Duration: 2:34   Views: 1137
Updated: Monday Sep. 30, 2013

A New Salmon Fishing Tradition A New Salmon  Fishing Tradition
As salmon fishing has rebounded in Idaho a new generation of anglers are learning what it means to fish for this large ocean going fish. We joinged some of t...
Duration: 2:12   Views: 3651
Updated: Monday Sep. 30, 2013

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Fishing Tales

Monday Apr. 14, 2014 by idfg-vosborn

This past weekend on the upper Salmon River, the majority of anglers were found above Ellis in location codes 18 and 19, but anglers downstream of Salmon were still catching steelhead, as well.

Monday Apr. 14, 2014 by idfg-vosborn

The Little Salmon River and the South Fork Clearwater were a busy fishery over the weekend and catch rates were very good.

Wednesday Mar. 26, 2014 by idfg-vosborn

The busiest area this past weekend in the region was on the South Fork of the Clearwater (river sect 07). Hours per fish caught was only 4 hours, which resulted in really good fishing.

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Questions & Answers 
Tuesday Apr. 8, 2014
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Q: Lost sportsman license [what has to be replaced and where can I do it?]?
Tuesday Apr. 1, 2014
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Q: A lost salmon or steelhead permit-can I buy a new one?
Wednesday Mar. 26, 2014
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Q: Porta Potties on the Little Salmon [not available for anglers to use in Riggins area].?
Saturday Mar. 22, 2014
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Q: When do the steelhead arrive in the creeks of the Potlatch River drainage?
Wednesday Mar. 19, 2014
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Q: What are the rules to archery "hunting" unprotected nongame fish?
Tuesday Mar. 18, 2014
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Q: Is there any sort of permit required to spearfish other than a fishing license?
Friday Mar. 7, 2014
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Q: When will the steelhead count from the Pahsimeroi Hatchery become available? ?
Tuesday Mar. 4, 2014
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Q: Steelhead?
Tuesday Mar. 4, 2014
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Q: 2014 steelhead qouta on north fork of clear water.?
Friday Feb. 28, 2014
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Q: Fishing in the Salmon area?
Saturday Feb. 22, 2014
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Q: Hatchery Rainbows?
Sunday Feb. 16, 2014
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Q: I worked as a surveyor for the USFS on preliminary surveys for the North Fork Road in 1965. How do the steelhead get above Dworshak Reservoir?
Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014
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Q: When do steelhead get to the sawtooth hatchery?

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Last Updated: April 16, 2014 
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