Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

Chinook fishing seasons and rules information for Idaho

2022 Chinook Fishing Seasons and Rules

Spring Chinook Seasons

Spring Chinook Seasons for:

  • Snake River
  • Clearwater River
  • Salmon River
  • Little Salmon River

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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.

 

Fishing Hours

Fishing for Chinook Salmon is permitted only during the hours shown in the table below.
Dates Pacific Daylight Time Mountain Daylight Time
  Begin End Begin End
April 23-May 31 5:00 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 AM 10:00 PM
June 1–August 7 4:30 AM 9:00 PM 5:30 AM 10:00 PM

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Chinook Salmon seasons and rules pamphlet

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

Chinook Harvest Zone Season Information

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Chinook Season Status

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Spring season

Snake River

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

Snake River (Spring 2022)

Snake River
From: Dug Bar boat ramp
To: Hells Canyon Dam
Open 4/23/2022 Four (4) salmon per day, only one (1) may be adults

7 days per week until further notice.

Special Note

Clearwater River

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

Mainstem Clearwater River - RR Bridge to South Fork Clearwater (Spring 2022)

Clearwater River
From: Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge at Lewiston
To: South Fork Clearwater River
Open 4/23/2022 Four (4) salmon per day, only one (1) may be adults

7 days per week until further notice

Special Note

  • Near Dworshak National Fish Hatchery
    • Fishing from the shoreline along the perimeter of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is prohibited.
  • Near Lenore Rest Area
    • Fishing from any watercraft is prohibited in the Big Eddy near Lenore Rest Area at milepost 28 on US Highway 12 from the posted boundary near river mile 27.6 upstream to the posted boundary near river mile 28.0.
  • Near Cherrylane Bridge
    • Fishing is prohibited between posted boundaries 100 yards upstream and downstream from the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery Ladder (near Cherrylane Bridge) and extending into the river channel 50 yards.

North Fork Clearwater River

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

North Fork Clearwater River - Mouth to Dworshak Dam (Spring 2022)

North Fork Clearwater River
From: Mouth of North Fork
To: Dworkshak Dam
Open 4/23/2022 Four (4) salmon per day, only one (1) may be adults

4 days per week; Thursday through Sunday

Special Note

  • Near Dworshak Hatchery
    • Fishing from the shoreline or wading along the perimeter of Dworshak Hatchery is prohibited.
  • Near Highway 7 Bridge
    • Fishing from any watercraft or wading is prohibited between the posted sign approximately 150 yards upstream from the mouth of the North Fork Clearwater River to the Ahsahka Highway 7 Bridge.
    • When fishing from the Highway 7 Bridge, it is unlawful to take or attempt to take any fish downstream of the railroad bridge. Fishing from the railroad bridge is prohibited

 

Middle Fork Clearwater River

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

Middle Fork Clearwater River (Spring 2022)

Middle Fork Clearwater River
From: South Fork Clearwater River
To: Confluence of the Lochsa and Selway rivers
Open 4/23/2022 Four (4) salmon per day, only one (1) may be adults

7 days per week until further notice.

Special Note

South Fork Clearwater River

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

South Fork Clearwater River (Spring 2022)

South Fork Clearwater River
From: Mouth
To: Confluence of American and Red rivers
Open 4/23/2022 Four (4) salmon per day, only one (1) may be adults

7 days per week until further notice.

Special Note

Only single-pointed barbless hooks are allowed while fishing for salmon in the South Fork Clearwater River.

Salmon River

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

Lower Salmon River (Spring 2022)

Salmon River
From: Rice Creek Bridge
To: The uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek
Open 4/23/2022 Four (4) salmon per day, only two (2) may be adults
7 days per week 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.

Little Salmon River

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

Little Salmon River (Spring 2022)

Little Salmon River
From: Mouth
To: US Highway 95 Bridge near Smokey Boulder Road
Open 4/23/2022 Four (4) salmon per day, only two (2) may be adults

7 days per week 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.

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