Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

Chinook fishing seasons and rules information for Idaho

2020 Spring Chinook Fishing Seasons and Rules

Clearwater River

Including Mainstem, North Fork, Middle Fork, and South Fork Clearwater Rivers

CLOSED BY DIRECTOR'S ORDER EFFECTIVE MAY 14, 2020.

Press Release

Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers

CLOSED AREAS (BEGINNING MAY 18)

The following areas will close to fishing for Chinook Salmon at the end of fishing on May 17, 2020:
  • Lower Salmon River from the Time Zone bridge upstream to the uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek
  • From the mouth of the Little Salmon River upstream approximately 0.7 miles to the Big Salmon Road Bridge that crosses the Little Salmon River

MODIFIED (BEGINNING MAY 18)

Starting on May 18, 2020 the Lower Salmon River from the Rice Creek Bridge to Time Zone Bridge and the Little Salmon River from the Big Salmon Road Bridge to Smokey Boulder Road will be open to fishing for Chinook Salmon two (2) days per week, Saturday and Sunday.

Press Release

Snake River

No changes

The season starts April 25, 2020, and runs until closed by the Fish and Game director.

ORIGINAL Chinook Rules brochure  [PDF, 510 KB]


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.

News

Chinook Salmon seasons and rules pamphlet

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

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Chinook Harvest Zone Season Information

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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
2

Snake River - Dug Bar to Hells Canyon 2020

Snake River
From: Dug Bar boat ramp
To: Hells Canyon Dam
Open April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT 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

Clearwater River

Clearwater River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
3

Mainstem Clearwater River - Lower (Camas Prairie RR Bridge, Lewiston to Cherrylane Bridge) 2020

Clearwater River
From: Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge at Lewiston
To: Cherrylane Bridge
Closed April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT to May 14, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT Closed Closed

Closed

Special Note

Closed

3

Mainstem Clearwater River - Middle (Pink House Boat Ramp to Orofino Bridge) 2020

Clearwater River
From: Pink House Boat Ramp
To: Orofino Bridge
Closed April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT to May 14, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT Closed Closed

Closed

Special Note

Closed

4

Mainstem Clearwater River - Upper (Orofino Bridge to Five Mile Boat Ramp) 2020

Clearwater River
From: Orofino Bridge
To: Five Mile Boat Ramp
Closed April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT to May 14, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT Closed Closed

Closed

Special Note

Closed

North Fork Clearwater River

North Fork Clearwater River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
5

North Fork Clearwater River - Mouth to Dworshak Dam 2020

North Fork Clearwater River
From: Mouth of North Fork
To: Dworkshak Dam
Closed April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT to May 14, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT Closed Closed

Closed

Special Note

Closed

Middle Fork Clearwater River

Middle Fork Clearwater River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
6

Middle Fork Clearwater River 2020

Middle Fork Clearwater River
From: South Fork Clearwater River
To: Confluence of Lochsa River and Selway River
Closed April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT to May 14, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT Closed Closed

Closed

Special Note

South Fork Clearwater River

South Fork Clearwater River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
7

South Fork Clearwater River 2020

South Fork Clearwater River
From: Nez Perce Tribal Reservation boundary just downsteam of Harpster
To: Top of hole immediately upstream of Mount Idaho Grade Bridge
Closed April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT to May 14, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT Closed Closed

Closed

Special Note

Closed

Salmon River

Salmon River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
10

Lower Salmon River - Rice Creek 2020

Salmon River
From: Rice Creek Bridge
To: Posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the Hammer Creek boat ramp
Open, Recent Changes in Effect April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults
  • Moving to Saturday and Sunday only beginning May 18
Special Note

11

Lower Salmon River - Hammer Creek 2020

Salmon River
From: Posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the Hammer Creek boat ramp
To: US95 at Timezone Bridge
Open, Recent Changes in Effect April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults
  • Saturday and Sunday only beginning May 18
Special Note

11

Lower Salmon River - Park Hole 2020

Salmon River
From: US95 Timezone Bridge
To: Shorts Creek
Closed April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT to May 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM MDT Closed Closed

Closed as of May 18

Special Note

12

Lower Salmon River - Shorts Bar 2020

Salmon River
From: Shorts Creek
To: Lake Creek Bridge (first bridge across the main Salmon River upstream of Riggins)
Closed April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT to May 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM MDT Closed Closed

Closed as of May 18

Special Note

12

Lower Salmon River - Vinegar Creek 2020

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 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT to May 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM MDT Closed Closed

Closed as of May 18

Special Note

Little Salmon River

Little Salmon River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
20

Closed Section of Little Salmon River - Lower 2020

Little Salmon River
From: Mouth
To: Big Salmon River Road Bridge
Closed April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT Closed Closed
  • Little Salmon confluence closed to fishing as of May 18
Special Note

20

Little Salmon River - Lower 2020

Little Salmon River
From: Big Salmon River Road Bridge
To: Posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the mouth of Rapid River
Open, Recent Changes in Effect April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults
  • Saturday and Sunday only as of May 18

     
  • Little Salmon confluence closed to fishing as of May 18
Special Note

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

20

Little Salmon River - Upper 2020

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, Recent Changes in Effect April 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM MDT Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults
  • Saturday and Sunday only as of May 18

 

Special Note

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

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