Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

Chinook fishing seasons and rules information for Idaho

Chinook Fishing Seasons and Rules

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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Chinook Harvest Zone Season Information

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Chinook Season Status

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Fall season

Snake River

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

Snake River - Washington-Idaho border to Salmon River

Snake River
From: Washington-Idaho border
To: Salmon River
Closed 8/18/2020 to 10/31/2020 Three (3) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks. Nine (9) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks.

Fishing is open 7 days a week

Special Note

Snake River - Salmon River to Cliff Mt. Rapids

Snake River
From: Salmon River
To: Cliff Mt. Rapids
Closed 8/18/2020 to 10/31/2020 Three (3) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks. Nine (9) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks.

Fishing is open 7 days a week

Special Note

Snake River - Cliff Mt. Rapids to Hells Canyon Dam

Snake River
From: Cliff Mt. Rapids
To: Hells Canyon Dam
Closed 8/18/2020 to 11/30/2020 Three (3) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks. Nine (9) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks.

Fishing is open 7 days a week.

Special Note

Clearwater River

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

Clearwater River - Mouth to Memorial Bridge

Clearwater River
From: Mouth
To: Memorial Bridge
Closed 8/18/2020 to 10/18/2020 Three (3) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks. Nine (9) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks.

Fishing is open 7 days a week.

Special Note

Clearwater River - Memorial Bridge to Orofino Bridge

Clearwater River
From: Memorial Bridge
To: Orofino Bridge
Closed 8/18/2020 to 10/18/2020 Three (3) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks. Nine (9) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks.

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

Special Note

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
Closed 8/18/2020 to 10/18/2020 Three (3) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks. Nine (9) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks.

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

Special Note

North Fork Clearwater River

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

North Fork Clearwater River - Mouth to Dworshak Dam

North Fork Clearwater River
From: Mouth of North Fork
To: Dworkshak Dam
Closed 9/17/2020 to 10/18/2020 Three (3) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks. Nine (9) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks.

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

Special Note

Salmon River

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

Salmon River - Mouth to Whitebird Creek

Salmon River
From: Mouth
To: Whitebird Creek
Closed 8/18/2020 to 10/31/2020 Three (3) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks. Nine (9) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks.

Fishing open 7 days per week.

Special Note

Salmon River - Whitebird Creek to Twin Bridges boat ramp

Salmon River
From: Whitebird Creek
To: Twin Bridges boat ramp
Closed 8/18/2020 to 10/31/2020 Three (3) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks. Nine (9) adult fall Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may have an adipose fin. No limit on jacks.

Fishing open 7 days per week.

Special Note

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