Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

Chinook fishing seasons and rules information for Idaho

2021 Spring Chinook Fishing Seasons and Rules

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Snake River

The season starts April 24, 2021, and runs 7 days a week until closed on August 8 or by the Fish and Game Director.

Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers

The season starts April 24, 2021, and runs 4 days a week, Thursday through Sunday, until further notice.

 

Seasons change quickly! This page has the current status.

The table below shows stretches of rivers, current fishing status, bag and possession limits, and special restrictions.

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Please Note: River segments with no Chinook fishing opportunity are not listed.

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NOTE: Coho, Chinook salmon, and steelhead can be present at the same time

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Spring season

Snake River

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

Snake River - Dug Bar to Hells Canyon 2021

Snake River
From: Dug Bar boat ramp
To: Hells Canyon Dam
Open 4/24/2021 Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults

Fishing open seven days per week

Special Note

Salmon River

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

Lower Salmon River - Rice Creek 2021

Salmon River
From: Rice Creek Bridge
To: Posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the Hammer Creek boat ramp
Open 4/24/2021 Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults

4 days per week; Thursday through Sunday, until further notice:

Special Note

Lower Salmon River - Hammer Creek 2021

Salmon River
From: Hammer Creek boat ramp
To: US95 at Timezone Bridge
Open 4/24/2021 Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults

4 days per week; Thursday through Sunday, until further notice:

Special Note

Lower Salmon River - Park Hole 2021

Salmon River
From: US95 Timezone Bridge
To: Shorts Creek
Open 4/24/2021 Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults

4 days per week; Thursday through Sunday, until further notice

Special Note

Fishing from any watercraft is prohibited within 30 yards of the west shoreline of the Salmon River from the Riggins City Park boat ramp upstream to a posted boundary approximately 50 yards upstream of the mouth of the Little Salmon River.

Lower Salmon River - Shorts Bar 2021

Salmon River
From: Shorts Creek
To: Lake Creek Bridge (first bridge across the main Salmon River upstream of Riggins)
Open 4/24/2021 Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults

4 days per week; Thursday through Sunday, until further notice:

Special Note

Lower Salmon River - Vinegar Creek 2021

Salmon River
From: Lake Creek Bridge (first bridge across the main Salmon River upstream of Riggins)
To: Uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek
Open 4/24/2021 Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults

4 days per week; Thursday through Sunday, until further notice

Special Note

Little Salmon River

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

Little Salmon River - Lower 2021

Little Salmon River
From: Big Salmon River Road Bridge
To: Posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the mouth of Rapid River
Open 4/24/2021 Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults

4 days per week; Thursday through Sunday, until further notice

Special Note

Fishing from any watercraft is prohibited in the Little Salmon River from the mouth upstream approximately 200 yards to a posted boundary.

Little Salmon River - Upper 2021

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
Open 4/24/2021 Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults

4 days per week; Thursday through Sunday, until further notice

Special Note

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