Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

2018 Chinook Salmon Seasons

Rules Brochures and Seasons Status

This page includes both the rules brochures and the updated season status for each river segment. Please scroll for season information.

 

Rules Brochures
Please Note: Segments with no Chinook fishing opportunity are not shown below.
Chinook Salmon seasons and rules pamphlet

Chinook Season Status

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Spring season

Snake River

Snake River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
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Snake River - Dug Bar to Hells Canyon

Snake River
From: Dug Bar boat ramp
To: Hells Canyon Dam
Open April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT 4 per day, only 2 may be adults 12, of which no more than 6 may be adults

Clearwater River

Clearwater River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
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Mainstem Clearwater River - Middle

Clearwater River
From: Cherry Lane Bridge
To: Orofino Bridge
Open July 7, 2018 - 5:30 AM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be an adult 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults

Fishing for chinook salmon is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only.

Special Note

Clearwater River (Big Eddy near Lenore Rest Area): Fishing from any watercraft is prohibited from the posted downstream boundary at river mile 27.6 extending to the posted upstream boundary at river mile 28.0. Lenore Rest Area is located on US Highway 12 near milepost 28.

Fishing from the shoreline along the perimeter of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is prohibited.

3

Mainstem Clearwater River - Lower

Clearwater River
From: Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge at Lewiston
To: Cherry Lane Bridge
Open April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be an adult 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults

Fishing open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

Special Note

Fishing is also prohibited in the area of the ladder to the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery (approximately 1 mile upstream of the Cherrylane Bridge) as delineated by posted boundaries approximately 100 yards upstream and downstream from the ladder, and extending into the river channel 50 yards.

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Mainstem Clearwater River - Upper

Clearwater River
From: Orofino Bridge
To: Headwaters/Confluence of South Fork and Middle Fork Clearwater River
Open April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be an adult 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults

Fishing open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

Special Note

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North Fork Clearwater River

Clearwater River
From: Mouth
To: Dworshak Dam
Closed April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT to July 1, 2018 - 10:00 PM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be an adult 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults

Fishing open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

Special Note

The mouth of the North Fork Clearwater River is defined as a straight line between the posted signs located at the Clearwater Hatchery outlet culvert on the west side and at the tip of land below the Dworshak Hatchery on the east side. Fishing from the shoreline or wading along the perimeter of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is prohibited. Fishing from any watercraft or wading is prohibited between the posted line approximately 150 yards upstream from the mouth of the North Fork Clearwater River to the Ahsahka Highway 7 Bridge. When fishing from the Ahsahka Highway 7 Bridge, it is unlawful to take or attempt to take any fish downstream of the railroad bridge. Fishing from the railroad bridge is prohibited.

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Middle Fork Clearwater River

Clearwater River
From: South Fork Clearwater River
To: Confluence of Lochsa River and Selway River
Open April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be an adult 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults

Fishing open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

Special Note

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South Fork Clearwater River

Clearwater River
From: Mouth
To: Headwaters/Confluence of American and Red rivers
Open April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be an adult 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults

Fishing open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

Special Note

Only single-pointed barbless hooks are allowed while fishing for salmon in the South Fork Clearwater River.

Lower Salmon River

Lower Salmon River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
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Lower Salmon River - Rice Creek Bridge

Lower Salmon River
From: Rice Creek Bridge
To: Southernmost of the Twin Bridges (SH95) Crossing the Salmon River
Closed April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 8, 2018 - 10:00 PM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults
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Lower Salmon River - Hammer Creek

Lower Salmon River
From: Southernmost of the Twin Bridges (SH95) Crossing the Salmon River
To: SH95 Timezone Bridge
Closed April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 24, 2018 - 10:00 PM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be an adult 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults
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Lower Salmon River - Park Hole

Lower Salmon River
From: Highway 95 Timezone Bridge
To: Posted boundary at mouth of Shorts Creek
Closed April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 24, 2018 - 10:00 PM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be an adult. 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults
12

Lower Salmon River - Shorts Bar

Lower Salmon River
From: Posted boundary at mouth of Shorts Creek
To: Lake Creek Bridge (first bridge across the main Salmon River upstream of Riggins)
Closed April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 8, 2018 - 10:00 PM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults
12

Lower Salmon River - Vinegar Creek

Lower Salmon River
From: Lake Creek Bridge (first bridge across the main Salmon River upstream of Riggins)
To: Uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek
Closed April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 8, 2018 - 10:00 PM MDT 4 per day, only 2 may be adults. 12, of which no more than 6 may be adults.

Little Salmon River

Little Salmon River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
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Little Salmon River - Lower

Little Salmon River
From: Mouth
To: Posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the mouth of Rapid River
Closed April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT to July 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM MDT 4 per day, only 1 may be adult 12 salmon, of which no more than 3 may be adults

Fishing closed.

Special Note

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Little Salmon River - Upper

Little Salmon River
From: Posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the mouth of Rapid River
To: U.S. Highway 95 Bridge near Smokey Boulder Road
Closed April 28, 2018 - 6:00 AM MDT to July 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM MDT 4 per day, only 1 may be adult 12 salmon of which no more than 3 may be adults

Fishing closed.

Special Note

Summer season

Lochsa River

Lochsa River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
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Lochsa River

Lochsa River
From: Lowell Bridge
To: Twin Bridges immediately upstream from the confluence of Crooked Fork and Colt Killed creeks
Closed June 23, 2018 - 5:30 AM MDT to July 1, 2018 - 10:00 PM MDT Four chinook salmon, only one may be an adult Twelve Chinook salmon, only three may be adults

Both adipose clipped and unclipped jacks and adipose clipped and unclipped adults may be harvested.  Fishing is allowed seven days a week in this area.

Special Note

Upper Salmon River

Upper Salmon River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
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Upper Salmon River - Ellis Area

Upper Salmon River
From: Posted boundary at the Colston Corner Boat Ramp approximately 6.5 miles downstream of Ellis, Idaho
To: Posted boundary approximately 50 yards upstream of the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River in Ellis, Idaho
Open July 7, 2018 - 5:30 AM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults
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Upper Salmon River

Upper Salmon River
From: US-93 bridge 0.3 miles south of the junction of US-93 and US-75
To: Posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley
Closed June 23, 2018 - 5:30 AM MDT to July 7, 2018 - 10:00 PM MDT 4 per day, only 2 may be adults. 12, of which no more than 6 may be adults.

Fishing is scheduled to close at the end of fishing hours on Thursday July 7th

Special Note

South Fork Salmon River

South Fork Salmon River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
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South Fork Salmon River

South Fork Salmon River
From: Bridge on Forest Service Road 48 (Lick Cr-East Fork South Fork Road) where it crosses mainstem South Fork Salmon River
To: Posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap
Closed June 23, 2018 - 5:30 AM MDT to July 5, 2018 - 10:00 PM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults

The South Fork Salmon River Chinook fishery is scheduled to close at the end of fishing hours on Thursday July 5th

Special Note

Boise River

Boise River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
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Boise River

Boise River
From: Mouth
To: Barber Dam
Open July 5, 2018 (All day) to August 30, 2018 (All day) 2 salmon per day, adults or jacks 6 salmon, adults or jacks

Fishing for Chinook salmon in the Boise River is permitted 24 hours a day during the designated season.

An angler must cease fishing when they have attained their bag, possession or season limit. Limits in the Boise River are for any Chinook salmon harvested regardless of size.

No restriction on barbed hooks in the Boise River.

Special Note

Fishing for Chinook salmon is permitted 24 hours per day.

All Chinook salmon (adults and jacks) harvested on the Boise River must be recorded on an anglers permit.

All Chinook salmon harvested on the Boise River count towards the statewide adult possession limit.

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