Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

Chinook fishing seasons and rules information for Idaho

2019 Chinook Fishing Seasons and Rules

The Idaho Fall Chinook Fishing Seasons and Rules pamphlet is updated to reflect additional opportunity on Friday, August 30, 2019.

More information

 

Chinook Rules (Clearwater, N. Fork Clearwater)  – Clearwater and North Fork Clearwater Rivers, [PDF, 271 KB]
Chinook Rules (Salmon, Snake Rivers)  – Snake and Salmon Rivers, [PDF, 271 KB]

Updated 8/30/2019 3:45pm MT

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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Chinook Salmon seasons and rules pamphlet

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

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Fall Chinook on the Snake River

Chinook Season Status

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Fall season

Snake River

Snake River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
1

Snake River - Washington-Idaho border to Salmon River

Snake River
From: Washington-Idaho border
To: Salmon River
Open August 24, 2019 (All day) to October 31, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing is open 7 days a week

Special Note

Daily limit six, including 1 Chinook with adipose fin intact allowed, begins 8/30/2019

2

Snake River - Salmon River to Cliff Mt. Rapids

Snake River
From: Salmon River
To: Cliff Mt. Rapids
Open August 24, 2019 (All day) to October 31, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing is open 7 days a week

Special Note

Daily limit of 1 Chinook with adipose fin intact allowed beginning 8/30/2019

2

Snake River - Cliff Mt. Rapids to Hells Canyon Dam

Snake River
From: Cliff Mt. Rapids
To: Hells Canyon Dam
Open August 24, 2019 (All day) to November 17, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing is open 7 days a week

Special Note

Daily limit of 1 Chinook with adipose fin intact allowed beginning 8/30/2019

Clearwater River

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

Clearwater River - Mouth to Memorial Bridge

Clearwater River
From: Mouth
To: Memorial Bridge
Open August 24, 2019 (All day) to October 13, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing will occur 7 days a week.

Special Note

Daily limit of 1 Chinook with adipose fin intact allowed beginning 8/30/2019

3

Clearwater River - Memorial Bridge to Orofino Bridge

Clearwater River
From: Memorial Bridge
To: Orofino Bridge
Open August 30, 2019 (All day) to October 13, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing will occur 4 days a week (Thursday through Sunday).

Special Note

Daily limit six, including 1 Chinook with adipose fin intact allowed, begins 8/30/2019

4

Clearwater River - Orofino Bridge to Headwaters

Clearwater River
From: Orofino Bridge
To: Headwaters/Confluence of South Fork and Middle Fork Clearwater River
Open August 30, 2019 (All day) to October 13, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing will occur 4 days a week (Thursday through Sunday).

Special Note

Daily limit six, including 1 Chinook with adipose fin intact allowed, begins 8/30/2019

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

North Fork Clearwater River
From: Mouth of North Fork
To: Dworkshak Dam
Open August 30, 2019 (All day) to October 13, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing will occur 4 days a week (Thursday through Sunday).

Special Note

Daily limit six, including 1 Chinook with adipose fin intact allowed, begins 8/30/2019

Salmon River

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

Salmon River - Mouth to Whitebird Creek

Salmon River
From: Mouth
To: Whitebird Creek
Open August 24, 2019 (All day) to October 31, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing open 7 days per week.

Special Note

Daily limit six, including 1 Chinook with adipose fin intact allowed, begins 8/30/2019

11

Salmon River - Whitebird Creek to Twin Bridges boat ramp

Salmon River
From: Whitebird Creek
To: Twin Bridges boat ramp
Open August 24, 2019 (All day) to October 31, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing open 7 days per week.

Special Note

Daily limit six, including 1 Chinook with adipose fin intact allowed, begins 8/30/2019

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Chinook Harvest Zone Season Information

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