Clearwater River

Tributary of Snake River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Clearwater River in Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis and Nez Perce Counties is 107.8 miles in length and flows from an elevation of 1,220 to 725 feet.

Facilities

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

Recommended Game Fish

Fish Species Observed in Surveys since 1990

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size Location
4/3/2013 Chinook Salmon 94,988 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/7/2009 Rainbow Trout 27,030 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/6/2009 Rainbow Trout 25,840 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/8/2008 Rainbow Trout 29,319 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/7/2008 Rainbow Trout 21,450 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/4/2007 Rainbow Trout 27,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/3/2007 Rainbow Trout 25,200 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
9/7/2006 Rainbow Trout 23,184 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
9/6/2006 Rainbow Trout 25,410 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/4/2005 Rainbow Trout 26,539 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/3/2005 Rainbow Trout 13,617 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/3/2005 Rainbow Trout 11,701 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
9/27/2004 Rainbow Trout 26,375 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
9/26/2004 Rainbow Trout 27,657 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/8/2003 Rainbow Trout 11,880 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/8/2003 Rainbow Trout 5,940 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/8/2003 Rainbow Trout 5,940 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/7/2003 Rainbow Trout 27,298 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
6/19/2003 Chinook Salmon 114,964 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
6/3/2003 Chinook Salmon 506,488 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
6/3/2003 Chinook Salmon 199,632 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/27/2003 Chinook Salmon 191,382 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/15/2003 Chinook Salmon 145,331 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
3/13/2003 Coho Salmon 222,235 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
3/13/2003 Coho Salmon 30,102 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
3/13/2003 Coho Salmon 27,163 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/3/2002 Rainbow Trout 41,682 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/2/2002 Rainbow Trout 26,426 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/21/2002 Steelhead 1,365,823 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/16/2001 Rainbow Trout 14,015 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
9/28/2001 Rainbow Trout 36,600 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/23/2001 Steelhead 1,253,471 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/3/2000 Rainbow Trout 25,245 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/2/2000 Rainbow Trout 26,243 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/2000 Steelhead 1,311,447 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/6/1999 Rainbow Trout 27,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/5/1999 Rainbow Trout 21,700 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/26/1999 Steelhead 1,248,133 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/7/1998 Rainbow Trout 23,450 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/6/1998 Rainbow Trout 26,010 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/27/1998 Steelhead 1,228,944 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/20/1998 Steelhead 30,601 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/28/1997 Steelhead 226,839 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/28/1997 Steelhead 226,839 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/28/1997 Steelhead 226,839 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/21/1997 Steelhead 215,534 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/7/1996 Rainbow Trout 13,100 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/29/1996 Steelhead 459,345 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/29/1996 Steelhead 459,344 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/29/1996 Steelhead 459,345 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/11/1995 Rainbow Trout 25,945 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/10/1995 Rainbow Trout 23,760 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/24/1995 Steelhead 1,213,577 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/17/1995 Steelhead 150,746 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/5/1994 Rainbow Trout 30,536 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/4/1994 Rainbow Trout 22,823 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
6/1/1994 Rainbow Trout 15,600 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
6/1/1994 Rainbow Trout 15,600 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/2/1994 Steelhead 576,709 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/2/1994 Steelhead 576,709 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/19/1994 Steelhead 136,447 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/26/1993 Rainbow Trout 75,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/19/1993 Rainbow Trout 28,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/18/1993 Rainbow Trout 25,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1993 Steelhead 610,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1993 Steelhead 607,990 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/19/1993 Steelhead 88,500 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
9/30/1992 Rainbow Trout 57,280 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
9/30/1992 Rainbow Trout 57,280 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
9/29/1992 Rainbow Trout 23,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/30/1992 Steelhead 1,224,101 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/15/1992 Chinook Salmon 959,369 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/17/1991 Rainbow Trout 48,200 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/16/1991 Rainbow Trout 51,062 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/29/1991 Steelhead 1,192,503 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/11/1990 Rainbow Trout 35,033 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/9/1990 Rainbow Trout 25,970 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
10/4/1989 Rainbow Trout 25,900 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 24,726 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 23,357 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 20,615 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 22,291 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 21,692 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 21,211 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 24,131 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 21,601 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 26,253 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 24,981 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 23,752 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1989 Steelhead 26,063 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 30,833 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 31,272 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 20,858 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 19,541 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 20,241 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 26,563 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 28,388 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 33,769 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 27,413 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 28,217 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 34,693 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1989 Steelhead 32,868 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 15,943 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 25,532 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 27,728 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 26,365 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 15,583 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 30,718 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 28,074 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 26,355 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 27,126 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 28,117 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 34,312 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 28,709 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 26,903 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 27,557 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 29,265 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 29,966 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1989 Steelhead 30,318 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/28/1987 Chinook Salmon 1,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/28/1987 Steelhead 3,450 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/23/1987 Steelhead 498,775 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/22/1987 Steelhead 376,612 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/20/1987 Steelhead 330,962 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/2/1987 Chinook Salmon 648,557 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/1/1987 Chinook Salmon 1,062,153 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
3/6/1987 Steelhead 506 Adults Clearwater River
5/7/1986 Steelhead 42,443 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/5/1986 Steelhead 181,315 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/2/1986 Steelhead 36,503 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1986 Steelhead 115,858 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/30/1986 Steelhead 159,517 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/30/1986 Steelhead 153,151 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/28/1986 Steelhead 198,617 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/25/1986 Steelhead 318,394 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/24/1986 Steelhead 34,438 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/3/1986 Chinook Salmon 249,110 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/2/1986 Chinook Salmon 257,210 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1985 Steelhead 197,263 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/2/1985 Steelhead 165,976 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/29/1985 Steelhead 672,334 Greater than 6 inches Clearwater River
6/30/1984 Chinook Salmon 56,683 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
6/1/1984 Chinook Salmon 22,776 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
6/1/1984 Chinook Salmon 76,810 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/30/1984 Chinook Salmon 62,276 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/30/1984 Chinook Salmon 72,130 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/15/1984 Steelhead 654,596 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/8/1984 Chinook Salmon 67,531 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/8/1984 Chinook Salmon 14,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/8/1984 Chinook Salmon 83,259 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/8/1984 Chinook Salmon 20,965 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/2/1984 Steelhead 254,119 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/26/1984 Chinook Salmon 153,556 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/25/1984 Chinook Salmon 113,850 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/25/1984 Steelhead 159,555 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/23/1984 Steelhead 140,049 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/26/1983 Steelhead 152,849 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/25/1983 Steelhead 33,124 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/25/1983 Steelhead 48,328 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/24/1983 Steelhead 35,006 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/23/1983 Steelhead 23,974 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/19/1983 Steelhead 40,914 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/18/1983 Steelhead 99,663 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/16/1983 Steelhead 82,106 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/13/1983 Steelhead 91,296 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/12/1983 Steelhead 30,215 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/11/1983 Steelhead 29,938 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/9/1983 Steelhead 69,651 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/5/1983 Steelhead 179,581 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/4/1983 Steelhead 238,361 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1983 Steelhead 36,205 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1983 Steelhead 35,931 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/20/1983 Steelhead 33,854 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/20/1983 Steelhead 65,665 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/13/1983 Steelhead 36,150 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/12/1983 Steelhead 125,036 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/1/1983 Chinook Salmon 22,181 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
3/29/1983 Chinook Salmon 26,874 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/31/1982 Steelhead 36,955 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/28/1982 Steelhead 7,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/21/1982 Steelhead 72,103 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/19/1982 Steelhead 37,031 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/17/1982 Steelhead 35,577 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/17/1982 Steelhead 34,797 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/14/1982 Steelhead 36,707 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/12/1982 Steelhead 208,892 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/11/1982 Steelhead 34,478 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/10/1982 Steelhead 135,244 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/7/1982 Steelhead 67,980 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/6/1982 Steelhead 6,613 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1982 Steelhead 61,885 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1982 Steelhead 121,510 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/3/1982 Steelhead 69,625 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/30/1982 Steelhead 36,630 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/30/1982 Steelhead 36,767 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/23/1982 Steelhead 148,526 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/22/1982 Steelhead 312,987 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/22/1982 Steelhead 37,104 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/21/1982 Steelhead 70,709 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/21/1982 Steelhead 215,986 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/19/1982 Steelhead 34,001 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/19/1982 Steelhead 36,778 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/19/1982 Steelhead 74,036 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/12/1982 Steelhead 137,786 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/5/1982 Steelhead 148,370 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
6/30/1981 Steelhead 46,403 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/18/1981 Steelhead 196,024 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/30/1981 Steelhead 291,724 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/30/1981 Steelhead 216,869 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/24/1981 Steelhead 65,287 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/23/1981 Steelhead 110,984 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/23/1981 Steelhead 92,882 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/22/1981 Steelhead 228,162 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/1/1981 Rainbow Trout 100,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/14/1980 Steelhead 62,694 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/5/1980 Steelhead 128,984 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/1/1980 Steelhead 25,125 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/30/1980 Steelhead 30,516 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/29/1980 Steelhead 57,702 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/22/1980 Steelhead 413,996 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/21/1980 Steelhead 339,191 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/18/1980 Steelhead 27,981 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/18/1980 Steelhead 41,988 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/17/1980 Steelhead 25,103 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/16/1980 Steelhead 50,834 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
8/21/1979 Steelhead 37,000 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
6/30/1979 Steelhead 444,288 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
11/13/1978 Rainbow Trout 5,330 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/26/1978 Chinook Salmon 73,234 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/26/1978 Steelhead 24,417 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
11/4/1975 Crappie 800 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
11/4/1975 Largemouth Bass 200 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
5/16/1974 Steelhead 2,204 Adults Clearwater River
4/16/1974 Steelhead 1,193 Adults Clearwater River
5/24/1972 Steelhead 463 Adults Clearwater River
5/23/1972 Steelhead 161 Adults Clearwater River
5/15/1972 Steelhead 137 Adults Clearwater River
4/20/1972 Steelhead 343,267 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/19/1972 Steelhead 153,293 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/18/1972 Steelhead 284,975 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
4/17/1972 Steelhead 162,124 Less than 6 inches Clearwater River
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

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Fishing Rules

All Waters Open All Year

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

Daily Bag Limits

Regional bag and possession 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
  • 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
  • September 1 through April 30 - No motors allowed
Clearwater Region Bag Limits
Bass (largemouth and smallmouth)
  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
Brook Trout
  • Brook trout limit is 25
Bull Trout
  • Bull trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • No bull trout harvest is allowed
Kokanee
  • Kokanee limit is 25
Salmon (ocean-going)
  • Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and rules are 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 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 for details)
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 rollers
  • May not be harvested or possessed
All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
  • No bag, size or possession limit
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