Clearwater River

Tributary of the Snake River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Clearwater River in Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis and Nez Perce Counties is 74.8 miles in length.

Facilities

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

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
4/3/2013 Spring-Summer Chinook 94,988 Less than 6 inches
10/7/2009 Rainbow Trout 27,030 Less than 6 inches
10/6/2009 Rainbow Trout 25,840 Less than 6 inches
10/8/2008 Rainbow Trout 29,319 Less than 6 inches
10/7/2008 Rainbow Trout 21,450 Less than 6 inches
10/4/2007 Rainbow Trout 27,000 Less than 6 inches
10/3/2007 Rainbow Trout 25,200 Less than 6 inches
9/7/2006 Rainbow Trout 23,184 Less than 6 inches
9/6/2006 Rainbow Trout 25,410 Less than 6 inches
10/4/2005 Rainbow Trout 26,539 Less than 6 inches
10/3/2005 Rainbow Trout 25,318 Less than 6 inches
9/27/2004 Rainbow Trout 26,375 Less than 6 inches
9/26/2004 Rainbow Trout 27,657 Less than 6 inches
10/8/2003 Rainbow Trout 23,760 Less than 6 inches
10/7/2003 Rainbow Trout 27,298 Less than 6 inches
6/19/2003 Fall Chinook 114,964 Less than 6 inches
6/3/2003 Fall Chinook 706,120 Less than 6 inches
5/27/2003 Fall Chinook 191,382 Less than 6 inches
4/15/2003 Fall Chinook 145,331 Greater than 6 inches
3/13/2003 Coho Salmon 279,500 Less than 6 inches
10/3/2002 Rainbow Trout 41,682 Less than 6 inches
10/2/2002 Rainbow Trout 26,426 Less than 6 inches
4/21/2002 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,365,823 Greater than 6 inches
10/16/2001 Rainbow Trout 14,015 Less than 6 inches
9/28/2001 Rainbow Trout 36,600 Less than 6 inches
4/23/2001 Rainbow Trout 1,253,471 Greater than 6 inches
10/3/2000 Rainbow Trout 25,245 Less than 6 inches
10/2/2000 Rainbow Trout 26,243 Less than 6 inches
5/3/2000 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,311,447 Greater than 6 inches
10/6/1999 Rainbow Trout 27,000 Less than 6 inches
10/5/1999 Rainbow Trout 21,700 Less than 6 inches
4/26/1999 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,248,133 Greater than 6 inches
10/7/1998 Rainbow Trout 23,450 Less than 6 inches
10/6/1998 Rainbow Trout 26,010 Less than 6 inches
4/27/1998 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,228,944 Less than 6 inches
4/20/1998 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 30,601 Less than 6 inches
4/28/1997 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 680,517 Less than 6 inches
4/21/1997 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 215,534 Less than 6 inches
10/7/1996 Rainbow Trout 13,100 Less than 6 inches
4/29/1996 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,378,034 Less than 6 inches
10/11/1995 Rainbow Trout 25,945 Less than 6 inches
10/10/1995 Rainbow Trout 23,760 Less than 6 inches
4/24/1995 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,213,577 Greater than 6 inches
4/17/1995 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 150,746 Greater than 6 inches
10/5/1994 Rainbow Trout 30,536 Less than 6 inches
10/4/1994 Rainbow Trout 22,823 Less than 6 inches
6/1/1994 Rainbow Trout 31,200 Less than 6 inches
5/2/1994 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,153,418 Less than 6 inches
4/19/1994 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 136,447 Less than 6 inches
10/26/1993 Rainbow Trout 75,000 Less than 6 inches
10/19/1993 Rainbow Trout 28,000 Less than 6 inches
10/18/1993 Rainbow Trout 25,000 Less than 6 inches
5/3/1993 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,217,990 Less than 6 inches
4/19/1993 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 88,500 Less than 6 inches
9/30/1992 Rainbow Trout 114,560 Less than 6 inches
9/29/1992 Rainbow Trout 23,000 Less than 6 inches
4/30/1992 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,224,101 Less than 6 inches
4/15/1992 Spring-Summer Chinook 959,369 Less than 6 inches
10/17/1991 Rainbow Trout 48,200 Less than 6 inches
10/16/1991 Rainbow Trout 51,062 Less than 6 inches
4/29/1991 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,192,503 Less than 6 inches
10/11/1990 Rainbow Trout 35,033 Less than 6 inches
10/9/1990 Rainbow Trout 25,970 Less than 6 inches
10/4/1989 Rainbow Trout 25,900 Less than 6 inches
5/4/1989 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 179,624 Greater than 6 inches
5/4/1989 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 101,049 Less than 6 inches
5/3/1989 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 122,745 Greater than 6 inches
5/3/1989 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 211,911 Less than 6 inches
5/1/1989 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 111,151 Greater than 6 inches
5/1/1989 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 347,420 Less than 6 inches
4/28/1987 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,000 Less than 6 inches
4/28/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 3,450 Less than 6 inches
4/23/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 498,775 Less than 6 inches
4/22/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 376,612 Less than 6 inches
4/20/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 330,962 Less than 6 inches
4/2/1987 Spring-Summer Chinook 648,557 Less than 6 inches
4/1/1987 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,062,153 Less than 6 inches
3/6/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 506 Adults
5/7/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 42,443 Less than 6 inches
5/5/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 181,315 Less than 6 inches
5/2/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 36,503 Less than 6 inches
5/1/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 115,858 Less than 6 inches
4/30/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 312,668 Less than 6 inches
4/28/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 198,617 Less than 6 inches
4/25/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 318,394 Less than 6 inches
4/24/1986 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 34,438 Less than 6 inches
4/3/1986 Spring-Summer Chinook 249,110 Less than 6 inches
4/2/1986 Spring-Summer Chinook 257,210 Less than 6 inches
5/3/1985 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 197,263 Less than 6 inches
5/2/1985 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 165,976 Less than 6 inches
4/29/1985 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 672,334 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 56,683 Less than 6 inches
6/1/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 99,586 Less than 6 inches
5/30/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 134,406 Less than 6 inches
5/15/1984 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 654,596 Less than 6 inches
5/8/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 185,755 Less than 6 inches
5/2/1984 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 254,119 Less than 6 inches
4/26/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 153,556 Less than 6 inches
4/25/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 113,850 Less than 6 inches
4/25/1984 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 159,555 Less than 6 inches
4/23/1984 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 140,049 Less than 6 inches
5/26/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 152,849 Less than 6 inches
5/25/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 81,452 Less than 6 inches
5/24/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 35,006 Less than 6 inches
5/23/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 23,974 Less than 6 inches
5/19/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 40,914 Less than 6 inches
5/18/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 99,663 Less than 6 inches
5/16/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 82,106 Less than 6 inches
5/13/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 91,296 Less than 6 inches
5/12/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 30,215 Less than 6 inches
5/11/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 29,938 Less than 6 inches
5/9/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 69,651 Less than 6 inches
5/5/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 179,581 Less than 6 inches
5/4/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 238,361 Less than 6 inches
5/3/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 72,136 Less than 6 inches
4/20/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 99,519 Less than 6 inches
4/13/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 36,150 Less than 6 inches
4/12/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 125,036 Less than 6 inches
4/1/1983 Spring-Summer Chinook 22,181 Less than 6 inches
3/29/1983 Spring-Summer Chinook 26,874 Less than 6 inches
5/31/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 36,955 Less than 6 inches
5/28/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 7,000 Less than 6 inches
5/21/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 72,103 Less than 6 inches
5/19/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 37,031 Less than 6 inches
5/17/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 70,374 Less than 6 inches
5/14/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 36,707 Less than 6 inches
5/12/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 208,892 Less than 6 inches
5/11/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 34,478 Less than 6 inches
5/10/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 135,244 Less than 6 inches
5/7/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 67,980 Less than 6 inches
5/6/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 6,613 Less than 6 inches
5/3/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 253,020 Less than 6 inches
4/30/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 73,397 Less than 6 inches
4/23/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 148,526 Less than 6 inches
4/22/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 350,091 Less than 6 inches
4/21/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 286,695 Less than 6 inches
4/19/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 144,815 Less than 6 inches
4/12/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 137,786 Less than 6 inches
4/5/1982 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 148,370 Less than 6 inches
6/30/1981 Rainbow Trout 46,403 Less than 6 inches
5/18/1981 Rainbow Trout 196,024 Less than 6 inches
4/30/1981 Rainbow Trout 508,593 Less than 6 inches
4/24/1981 Rainbow Trout 65,287 Less than 6 inches
4/23/1981 Rainbow Trout 203,866 Less than 6 inches
4/22/1981 Rainbow Trout 228,162 Less than 6 inches
4/1/1981 Rainbow Trout 100,000 Less than 6 inches
5/14/1980 Rainbow Trout 62,694 Less than 6 inches
5/5/1980 Rainbow Trout 128,984 Less than 6 inches
5/1/1980 Rainbow Trout 25,125 Less than 6 inches
4/30/1980 Rainbow Trout 30,516 Less than 6 inches
4/29/1980 Rainbow Trout 57,702 Less than 6 inches
4/22/1980 Rainbow Trout 413,996 Less than 6 inches
4/21/1980 Rainbow Trout 339,191 Less than 6 inches
4/18/1980 Rainbow Trout 69,969 Less than 6 inches
4/17/1980 Rainbow Trout 25,103 Less than 6 inches
4/16/1980 Rainbow Trout 50,834 Less than 6 inches
8/21/1979 Rainbow Trout 37,000 Less than 6 inches
6/30/1979 Rainbow Trout 444,288 Less than 6 inches
11/13/1978 Rainbow Trout 5,330 Less than 6 inches
4/26/1978 Rainbow Trout 24,417 Less than 6 inches
4/26/1978 Spring-Summer Chinook 73,234 Less than 6 inches
11/4/1975 Crappie 800 Less than 6 inches
11/4/1975 Largemouth Bass 200 Less than 6 inches
5/16/1974 Rainbow Trout 2,204 Adults
4/16/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,193 Adults
5/24/1972 Rainbow Trout 463 Adults
5/23/1972 Rainbow Trout 161 Adults
5/15/1972 Rainbow Trout 137 Adults
4/20/1972 Rainbow Trout 343,267 Less than 6 inches
4/19/1972 Rainbow Trout 153,293 Less than 6 inches
4/18/1972 Rainbow Trout 284,975 Less than 6 inches
4/17/1972 Rainbow Trout 162,124 Less 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

Clearwater River From the mouth upstream to the Clearwater River Bridge at Orofino
  • Trout limit is 6; only trout with a clipped adipose fin, as evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept; no harvest of Cutthroat Trout
  • Fishing between the posted boundaries 100 yards upstream and downstream from the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery Ladder (near Cherry Lane Bridge) and extending into the river channel approximately 50 yards is prohibited
  • Fishing from the shoreline or wading along the perimeter of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is prohibited
Clearwater River From the Clearwater River Bridge at Orofino upstream to the confluence of the South Fork and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers
  • Trout limit is 6; only trout with a clipped adipose fin, as evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept; no harvest of Cutthroat Trout
  • September 1 through April 30 - No motors allowed
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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