South Fork Clearwater River

Tributary of the Clearwater River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

South Fork Clearwater River in Idaho County is 90.3 miles in length.

Facilities

Motor Restriction
No
Boat Ramp
No
Dock
No
Toilet
Yes
Campground
Yes
ADA Access
Yes

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
3/25/2019 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 189,009 Greater than 6 inches
4/12/2018 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 131,430 Greater than 6 inches
4/10/2018 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 233,792 Greater than 6 inches
4/4/2018 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 540,830 Greater than 6 inches
4/3/2017 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 238,476 Greater than 6 inches
4/7/2016 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 232,066 Greater than 6 inches
4/5/2016 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 123,816 Greater than 6 inches
3/31/2016 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 553,355 Greater than 6 inches
1/28/2016 Spring-Summer Chinook 127,112 Less than 6 inches
1/15/2016 Spring-Summer Chinook 250,306 Less than 6 inches
4/7/2015 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 244,554 Greater than 6 inches
4/24/2014 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 226,718 Greater than 6 inches
4/11/2012 Steelhead Trout 179,433 Greater than 6 inches
4/15/2011 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 375,302 Greater than 6 inches
4/14/2011 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 138,672 Greater than 6 inches
4/12/2011 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 229,509 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/2010 Steelhead Trout 362,327 Greater than 6 inches
4/16/2009 Steelhead Trout 263,999 Greater than 6 inches
4/14/2009 Steelhead Trout 265,589 Greater than 6 inches
4/8/2009 Spring-Summer Chinook 703,101 Less than 6 inches
4/15/2008 Steelhead Trout 247,619 Greater than 6 inches
4/13/2007 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 272,819 Greater than 6 inches
9/5/2006 Spring-Summer Chinook 102 Adults
4/17/2006 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 289,508 Greater than 6 inches
4/11/2005 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 317,032 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/2004 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 314,666 Greater than 6 inches
9/26/2003 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 22,599 Less than 6 inches
4/18/2003 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 149,664 Greater than 6 inches
4/14/2003 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 682,889 Greater than 6 inches
9/30/2002 Spring-Summer Chinook 123,677 Less than 6 inches
4/19/2002 Steelhead Trout 138,769 Greater than 6 inches
4/15/2002 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 585,699 Greater than 6 inches
3/15/2002 Steelhead Trout 389 Adults
3/8/2002 Steelhead Trout 659 Adults
4/19/2001 Steelhead Trout 97,766 Greater than 6 inches
4/16/2001 Steelhead Trout 645,863 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/2000 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 311,416 Greater than 6 inches
4/17/2000 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 622,567 Greater than 6 inches
4/27/1999 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 400,465 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/1999 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 594,711 Greater than 6 inches
4/27/1998 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 487,792 Less than 6 inches
4/20/1998 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 606,201 Less than 6 inches
4/30/1997 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 59,042 Less than 6 inches
4/29/1997 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 341,936 Less than 6 inches
4/28/1997 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 20,052 Less than 6 inches
4/21/1997 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 728,328 Less than 6 inches
3/21/1997 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 207 Unknown size
3/20/1997 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 205 Adults
4/22/1996 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 582,367 Less than 6 inches
4/18/1996 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 126,009 Less than 6 inches
4/17/1996 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 185,214 Less than 6 inches
4/20/1995 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 105,402 Less than 6 inches
4/19/1995 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 298,848 Less than 6 inches
4/17/1995 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 674,741 Greater than 6 inches
4/18/1994 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 184,380 Less than 6 inches
4/19/1993 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 739,629 Less than 6 inches
4/14/1993 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 18,265 Less than 6 inches
4/13/1993 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 332,860 Less than 6 inches
4/12/1993 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 301,500 Less than 6 inches
4/20/1992 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 735,741 Less than 6 inches
4/16/1991 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 467,757 Less than 6 inches
5/3/1989 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 21,182 Greater than 6 inches
4/26/1989 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 25,192 Less than 6 inches
4/24/1989 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 67,338 Greater than 6 inches
4/24/1989 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 30,091 Less than 6 inches
4/28/1988 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 165,055 Less than 6 inches
4/17/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 67,818 Less than 6 inches
4/16/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 18,522 Greater than 6 inches
4/16/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 45,120 Less than 6 inches
4/15/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 38,385 Greater than 6 inches
4/14/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 89,627 Less than 6 inches
4/13/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 38,598 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/1986 Rainbow Trout 1,018 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,026 Greater than 6 inches
4/28/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 202,108 Less than 6 inches
4/25/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 86,643 Less than 6 inches
4/24/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 47,502 Less than 6 inches
4/23/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 38,980 Less than 6 inches
4/21/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 43,120 Less than 6 inches
4/18/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 130,093 Less than 6 inches
4/17/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 97,554 Less than 6 inches
4/16/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 109,698 Less than 6 inches
6/21/1985 Rainbow Trout 480 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/1985 Rainbow Trout 640 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/1985 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/1984 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches
5/2/1984 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 46,088 Less than 6 inches
5/1/1984 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 66,988 Less than 6 inches
4/30/1984 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 115,766 Greater than 6 inches
5/13/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 101,087 Less than 6 inches
5/12/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 92,676 Less than 6 inches
5/11/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 96,734 Less than 6 inches
5/10/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 104,685 Less than 6 inches
5/9/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 101,289 Less than 6 inches
8/21/1982 Rainbow Trout 1,350 Less than 6 inches
8/5/1982 Rainbow Trout 1,190 Greater than 6 inches
5/6/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 139,520 Less than 6 inches
5/5/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 104,416 Less than 6 inches
5/4/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 137,875 Less than 6 inches
7/15/1981 Rainbow Trout 832 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/1981 Rainbow Trout 700 Greater than 6 inches
4/29/1981 Steelhead Trout 72,435 Less than 6 inches
4/28/1981 Steelhead Trout 145,362 Less than 6 inches
4/27/1981 Steelhead Trout 215,675 Less than 6 inches
7/10/1980 Rainbow Trout 990 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/1980 Rainbow Trout 680 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/1980 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/1980 Steelhead Trout 500,000 Less than 6 inches
6/18/1979 Steelhead Trout 500,000 Less than 6 inches
4/24/1979 Spring-Summer Chinook 44,373 Less than 6 inches
6/6/1978 Steelhead Trout 500,000 Less than 6 inches
4/17/1978 Steelhead Trout 800 Adults
7/12/1977 Spring-Summer Chinook 80,600 Less than 6 inches
6/8/1977 Spring-Summer Chinook 100 Adults
6/7/1977 Spring-Summer Chinook 78 Adults
4/2/1977 Spring-Summer Chinook 37,500 Less than 6 inches
4/1/1977 Spring-Summer Chinook 36,750 Less than 6 inches
3/31/1977 Spring-Summer Chinook 37,500 Less than 6 inches
3/30/1977 Spring-Summer Chinook 63,000 Less than 6 inches
3/29/1977 Spring-Summer Chinook 31,500 Less than 6 inches
7/9/1976 Rainbow Trout 925 Greater than 6 inches
7/7/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,480 Greater than 6 inches
7/6/1976 Spring-Summer Chinook 65,960 Less than 6 inches
7/1/1976 Rainbow Trout 2,280 Greater than 6 inches
6/16/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,900 Greater than 6 inches
4/15/1976 Spring-Summer Chinook 73,100 Less than 6 inches
4/14/1976 Spring-Summer Chinook 66,600 Less than 6 inches
7/17/1975 Rainbow Trout 2,560 Greater than 6 inches
4/10/1975 Spring-Summer Chinook 35,100 Less than 6 inches
6/26/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,680 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/1973 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,358 Adults
6/12/1973 Rainbow Trout 2,580 Greater than 6 inches
5/3/1973 Steelhead Trout 200,880 Less than 6 inches
4/27/1973 Steelhead Trout 165,656 Less than 6 inches
4/26/1973 Steelhead Trout 164,133 Less than 6 inches
4/24/1973 Steelhead Trout 124,429 Less than 6 inches
4/23/1973 Steelhead Trout 60,159 Less than 6 inches
4/20/1973 Steelhead Trout 326,755 Less than 6 inches
10/25/1972 Steelhead Trout 217,800 Less than 6 inches
7/10/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,100 Greater than 6 inches
7/22/1971 Rainbow Trout 4,100 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,840 Greater than 6 inches
7/10/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,530 Greater than 6 inches
6/16/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,200 Greater than 6 inches
8/2/1968 Rainbow Trout 1,680 Greater than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

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Fishing Rules

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rules
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

South Fork Clearwater River
  • Single-pointed barbless hooks are required while fishing for steelhead and salmon
  • Cutthroat Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release only
Clearwater Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)
  • In rivers and streams, no bag, size or possession limits
  • In lakes and reservoirs, limit is 6, both species combined
Brook Trout
  • Brook Trout limit is 25
Bull Trout
  • Bull Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
Kokanee
  • Kokanee limit is 25
Salmon (ocean-going)
  • Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and issued in a separate brochure
  • Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water
Steelhead (ocean-going)
  • Defined as Rainbow Trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and reservoirs), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam, and lakes)
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water (see fishing regulations)
Sturgeon
  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
  • Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required, see fishing regulations for details
Tiger Muskie
  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
Trout includes Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, and trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)
  • In rivers and streams, trout limit is 2, all species combined
  • In lakes, reservoirs, ditches and canals, trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately
Whitefish
  • Whitefish limit is 25
Protected Nongame Fish includes Pacific Lamprey and Sand Roller
  • May not be harvested or possessed
All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
  • No bag, size or possession limit
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