Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

Chinook fishing seasons and rules information for Idaho

2019 Chinook Fishing Seasons and Rules

UPDATE TO SNAKE AND SALMON RIVERS

Starting 10/5, no unclipped Fall Chinook adults may be kept on the Snake and Salmon rivers. There are no other changes at this time.

More information

Updated/10/2/2019

 

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 1o/2/2019 4:45pm 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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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, Recent Changes in Effect August 24, 2019 (All day) to October 31, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing is open 7 days a week

Special Note

Clipped adults only and any jack.

2

Snake River - Salmon River to Cliff Mt. Rapids

Snake River
From: Salmon River
To: Cliff Mt. Rapids
Open, Recent Changes in Effect August 24, 2019 (All day) to October 31, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing is open 7 days a week

Special Note

Clipped adults only and any jack.

2

Snake River - Cliff Mt. Rapids to Hells Canyon Dam

Snake River
From: Cliff Mt. Rapids
To: Hells Canyon Dam
Open, Recent Changes in Effect August 24, 2019 (All day) to November 17, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing is open 7 days a week

Special Note

Clipped adults only and any jack.

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

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

4

Clearwater River - Orofino Bridge to Confluence of South Fork and Middle Fork Clearwater River

Clearwater River
From: Orofino Bridge
To: 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

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

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, Recent Changes in Effect August 24, 2019 (All day) to October 31, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing open 7 days per week.

Special Note

Clipped adults only and any jack.

11

Salmon River - Whitebird Creek to Twin Bridges boat ramp

Salmon River
From: Whitebird Creek
To: Twin Bridges boat ramp
Open, Recent Changes in Effect August 24, 2019 (All day) to October 31, 2019 (All day) Six (6) adult fall Chinook Salmon Eighteen (18) adult fall Chinook Salmon, no limit on jack fall Chinook salmon

Fishing open 7 days per week.

Special Note

Clipped adults only and any jack.

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Chinook Harvest Zone Season Information

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