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Commission Increases Steelhead Limits in Upper Salmon

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday morning, February 16, increased the bag limits for steelhead in part of the upper Salmon River, effective immediately.

The daily limit is six steelhead, 18 in possession and 40 for the spring 2012 steelhead season. The increase affects river sections 15 through 19 on the upper Salmon River from Long Tom Creek - about three-quarters of mile upstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River - to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the Sawtooth Hatchery.

All other seasons and rules remain unchanged.

Steelhead anglers must have a valid 2012 Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit. Steelhead anglers may use only barbless hooks, and may keep only steelhead marked with a clipped adipose fin. All other steelhead must be released unharmed.

Consult 2011-2012 fishing rules brochure for exceptions and special restrictions. For more information on steelhead fishing in Idaho, check the Fish and Game Website http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.