The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Wednesday, September 30, raised the bag, possession and season limit for the fall 2009 and spring 2010 steelhead seasons in the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers.
The daily limits, effective October 2 until further notice, for steelhead trout is five, of which no more than three may be 32 or more inches in total length. The possession limit is 15, no more than nine may be 32 or more inches long.
The statewide limits in the fall and spring seasons is 40 steelhead in each, but no more than 20 of those may be caught in the Clearwater River drainage in each season. Anglers who have a permit with reported harvest from the spring 2009 season may purchase a second permit to catch their fall season limit of 40 fish.
Fishery managers estimate the return of steelhead over Lower Granite Dam this fall will be considerably larger than the previous high return of about 250,000 fish in 2001. More than 155,000 fish in this large return will return are A-run hatchery fish destined for the Snake River, the Little Salmon River and in the Upper Salmon River.
Affected waters are:
Washington-Idaho border to the Salmon River.
Salmon River to Hells Canyon Dam.
Downstream from Whitebird Creek.
Whitebird Creek to Little Salmon River.
Little Salmon River to Vinegar Creek.
Vinegar Creek to South Fork Salmon River.
South Fork Salmon River to Middle Fork Salmon River.
Middle Fork Salmon River to North Fork Salmon River.
North Fork Salmon River to Lemhi River.
Lemhi River to Pahsimeroi River.
Pahsimeroi River to East Fork Salmon River.
East Fork Salmon to Sawtooth Weir.
Little Salmon River