Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

2016 Spring

  • Spring Seasons & Rules for the Snake River, Clearwater River, North Fork Clearwater River, Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater River, Lochsa River, Lower Salmon River, Little Salmon River. Season open April 23, 2016 until further notice — [PDF, 400 KB]

2016 Summer

  • Summer Seasons & Rules for the South Fork Salmon River, and upper Salmon River. Season open June 18, 2016 until further notice — [PDF, 500 KB]
  • Summer Seasons & Rules for the Boise River. Season open June 21 - August 30, 2016 — [PDF, 300 KB]

Chinook Harvest Zone Information

Select a river segment to see additional notes, restrictions, or clarification

River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Special Note
2

Snake River - Dug Bar to Hells Canyon

Snake River
From: Dug Bar boat ramp
To: Hells Canyon Dam
Closed
April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 2, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 per day, only 2 may be adults 12, of which no more than 6 may be adults
3

Mainstem Clearwater River - Lower

Clearwater River
From: Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge at Lewiston
To: Cherry Lane Bridge
Open June 10, 2016 - 5:30 AM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults

Open for fishing Friday through Monday only. Salmon with an unclipped adipose fin may be harvested starting June 10.

3

Mainstem Clearwater River - Middle

Clearwater River
From: Cherry Lane Bridge
To: Orofino Bridge
Closed
April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT to May 27, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 salmon per day, only 1 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults
4

Mainstem Clearwater River -Upper

Clearwater River
From: Orofino Bridge
To: Headwaters/Confluence of South Fork and Middle Fork Clearwater River
Open April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT 4 per day, only 1 may be adults 12, of which no more than 6 may be adults

Salmon with an unclipped adipose fin may be harvested starting June 18.

5

North Fork Clearwater River

Clearwater River
From: Mouth
To: Dworshak Dam
Closed
April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT to May 30, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 salmon per day, only 1 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults
6

Middle Fork Clearwater River

Clearwater River
From: Mouth
To: Headwaters/Confluence of Lochsa River and Selway River
Open April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults

Salmon with an unclipped adipose fin may be harvested starting June 18.

7

South Fork Clearwater River

Clearwater River
From: Mouth
To: Headwaters/Confluence of American and Red rivers
Open April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults
8

Lochsa River

Lochsa River
From: Mouth
To: Twin Bridges immediately upstream from the confluence of Crooked Fork and Colt Killed creeks
Open April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT 4 salmon per day, only 1 may be an adult 12 salmon, no more than 3 may be adults

Salmon with an unclipped adipose fin may be harvested starting June 18.

10

Lower Salmon River - Pine Bar

Salmon River
From: Rice Creek Bridge
To: Posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the Hammer Creek boat ramp
Closed
April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 2, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults
11

Lower Salmon River - Hammer Creek

Salmon River
From: Posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the Hammer Creek boat ramp
To: SH95 Timezone Bridge
Closed
April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 2, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults
11

Lower Salmon River - Park Hole

Salmon River
From: US-95 Timezone Bridge
To: Shorts Creek
Closed
April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 2, 2016 - 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 - Shorts Bar

Salmon River
From: Shorts Creek
To: Lake Creek Bridge (first bridge across the main Salmon River upstream of Riggins)
Closed
April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 2, 2016 - 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

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 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 2, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 per day, only 2 may be adults. 12, of which no more than 6 may be adults.
15

Upper Salmon River - Copper Mine to North Fork

Salmon River
From: Posted boundary at Copper Mine boat ramp approximately 2.5 miles upstream of the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River
To: Mouth of the North Fork Salmon River
Scheduled to Close
June 18, 2016 - 5:00 AM MDT to July 31, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults
16

Upper Salmon River - North Fork to Lemhi

Salmon River
From: Mouth of the North Fork Salmon River
To: Mouth of the Lemhi River
Scheduled to Close
June 18, 2016 - 5:00 AM MDT to July 31, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon of which no more than 6 may be adults
17

Upper Salmon River - Lemhi to Pahsimeroi

Salmon River
From: Mouth of the Lemhi River
To: Posted boundary at the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River
Scheduled to Close
June 18, 2016 - 5:00 AM MDT to July 31, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults
18

Upper Salmon River - Pahsimeroi to East Fork

Salmon River
From: Posted boundary at the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River
To: Mouth of the East Fork Salmon River
Scheduled to Close
June 18, 2016 - 5:00 AM MDT to July 31, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults
19

Upper Salmon River - East Fork to Sawtooth

Salmon River
From: Mouth of the East Fork Salmon River
To: Posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley
Scheduled to Close
June 18, 2016 - 5:00 AM MDT to July 31, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults
20

Little Salmon River - Lower

Little Salmon River
From: Mouth
To: Posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the mouth of Rapid River
Closed
April 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 10, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 per day, only 2 may be adults 12, of which no more than 6 may be adults
20

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 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM MDT to June 10, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon of which no more than 6 may be adults
21

South Fork Salmon River

South Fork Salmon River
From: Bridge on Forest Service Road 48 (Lick Creek/ East Fork South Fork Road) where it crosses the S.F.Salmon River just upstream of the confluence with the East Fork 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 18, 2016 - 5:30 AM MDT to July 4, 2016 - 10:00 PM MDT
4 salmon per day, only 2 may be adults 12 salmon, no more than 6 may be adults
28

Boise River

Boise River
From: Mouth
To: Barber Dam
Open
June 21, 2016 (All day) to August 30, 2016 (All day)
2 salmon per day, adults or jacks 6 salmon, adults or jacks