Middle Fork Clearwater River

Tributary of the Clearwater River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Middle Fork Clearwater River in Idaho County is 23.3 miles in length.


Motor Restriction
Boat Ramp
ADA Access

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
4/4/2005 Spring-Summer Chinook 624,967 Less than 6 inches
4/22/1996 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 154,271 Less than 6 inches
7/24/1985 Rainbow Trout 2,920 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/1984 Rainbow Trout 1,980 Greater than 6 inches
6/9/1983 Rainbow Trout 480 Greater than 6 inches
3/18/1981 Spring-Summer Chinook 62,261 Less than 6 inches
2/6/1981 Spring-Summer Chinook 174,617 Less than 6 inches
5/3/1979 Spring-Summer Chinook 666,544 Less than 6 inches
4/9/1979 Spring-Summer Chinook 301,029 Less than 6 inches
5/16/1977 Spring-Summer Chinook 900,200 Less than 6 inches
4/26/1977 Spring-Summer Chinook 140,000 Less than 6 inches
4/17/1977 Spring-Summer Chinook 360,630 Less than 6 inches
5/3/1976 Spring-Summer Chinook 71,000 Less than 6 inches
4/6/1976 Spring-Summer Chinook 972,200 Less than 6 inches
4/21/1975 Spring-Summer Chinook 309,460 Less than 6 inches
3/26/1975 Spring-Summer Chinook 492,705 Less than 6 inches
3/25/1974 Spring-Summer Chinook 303,803 Less than 6 inches
10/11/1972 Spring-Summer Chinook 152,270 Less than 6 inches
6/16/1972 Rainbow Trout 340 Greater than 6 inches
3/20/1972 Spring-Summer Chinook 96,032 Less than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits

Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules


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

Clearwater River, Middle Fork
  • December 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend - trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30 - trout limit is 2, none under 14 inches
  • September 1 through April 30 - No motors allowed
Middle Fork Clearwater River
  • September 1 through April 30 - No motors allowed
  • December 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend - trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30 - trout limit is 2, none under 14 inches
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 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 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 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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