Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

Chinook fishing seasons and rules information for Idaho

2020 Summer Chinook Fishing Seasons and Rules

Summer Chinook Rules brochure  [PDF, 592 KB]

Upper Salmon River

OPEN JUNE 26

The following areas will open to fishing for Chinook Salmon effective June 26, 2020:
  • Posted boundaries between South Butte Boat Ramp (near Clayton) to Sawtooth Hatchery Fish Weir

Press Release

South Fork Salmon River

No 2020 Season

There will be no open fishery on the South Fork of the Salmon River in 2020 because hatchery returns are not projected to meet broodstock needs.

 

 

2020 Spring Chinook Fishing Seasons and Rules

This section describes seasons on Snake, Clearwater, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers

ORIGINAL Chinook Rules brochure  [PDF, 510 KB]
PDF does not reflect all changes

Snake River

No changes

The season starts April 25, 2020, and runs until closed by the Fish and Game director.

Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers

CLOSED AREAS

  • Lower Salmon River
  • Little Salmon River

Clearwater River

Including Mainstem, North Fork, Middle Fork, and South Fork Clearwater Rivers

CLOSED BY DIRECTOR'S ORDER EFFECTIVE MAY 14, 2020.

Press Release


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.

News

Chinook Salmon seasons and rules pamphlet

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

Videos

Fall Chinook on the Snake River

Chinook Harvest Zone Season Information

Select a river segment to see season status

Chinook Season Status

Select a river segment to see season status
Summer season

Salmon River

Salmon River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
19

Upper Salmon River - South Butte Boat Ramp to Sawtooth Hatchery

Salmon River
From: South Butte Boat Ramp
To: Posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley
Open 6/26/2020 4 per day, only 2 may be adults 12, of which no more than 6 may be adults

Three days per week only: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Special Note

Spring season

Snake River

Snake River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
2

Snake River - Dug Bar to Hells Canyon 2020

Snake River
From: Dug Bar boat ramp
To: Hells Canyon Dam
Open 4/25/2020 Four (4) Chinook Salmon, only one (1) may be an adult Twelve (12) Chinook Salmon, only three (3) may be adults

Fishing open seven days per week

Special Note

Clearwater River

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 2020

North Fork Clearwater River
From: Mouth of North Fork
To: Dworkshak Dam
Closed 4/25/2020 to 5/14/2020 Closed Closed

Closed

Special Note

Closed

Middle Fork Clearwater River

Middle Fork Clearwater River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
6

Middle Fork Clearwater River 2020

Middle Fork Clearwater River
From: South Fork Clearwater River
To: Confluence of Lochsa River and Selway River
Closed 4/25/2020 to 5/14/2020 Closed Closed

Closed

Special Note

South Fork Clearwater River

South Fork Clearwater River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
7

South Fork Clearwater River 2020

South Fork Clearwater River
From: Nez Perce Tribal Reservation boundary just downsteam of Harpster
To: Top of hole immediately upstream of Mount Idaho Grade Bridge
Closed 4/25/2020 to 5/14/2020 Closed Closed

Closed

Special Note

Closed

Salmon River

Little Salmon River

Little Salmon River
River Code River Zone Current Season Status Legal Harvest Season Dates Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
20

Closed Section of Little Salmon River - Lower 2020

Little Salmon River
From: Mouth
To: Big Salmon River Road Bridge
Closed 4/25/2020 Closed Closed
  • Little Salmon confluence closed to fishing as of May 18
Special Note

20

Little Salmon River - Lower 2020

Little Salmon River
From: Big Salmon River Road Bridge
To: Posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the mouth of Rapid River
Closed 4/25/2020 to 6/20/2020 Closed Closed
  • Closed
Special Note

20

Little Salmon River - Upper 2020

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 4/25/2020 to 6/20/2020 Closed Closed
  • Closed

Special Note

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