Press Release

F&G Commission to vote on extending reduced steelhead bag limits to spring season

If approved, current rules would extend through spring 2018 fishing season

Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet by conference call Thursday, December 21 to vote on extending the reduced bag limit and possession limits for steelhead that were set in October. 

Proposed daily bag limits for spring 2018 are two steelhead daily and six in possession, which is same as the current bag limit. No steelhead longer than 28 inches in total length can be harvested on mainsteam Clearwater, North Fork Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, or South Fork Clearwater. 

The number of hatchery steelhead returning to Idaho is sufficient to provide a harvest fishery for adipose fin-clipped, hatchery-origin steelhead under reduced harvest limits through the spring season. Length limits will conserve broodstock needed for the Clearwater River Hatchery programs.

The call will begin at 8 a.m. (MST) at Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 S. Walnut in Boise.

There will be no public testimony taken during the call, but the public is welcome to attend. Those living outside of Boise can listen to the call by traveling to their nearest Fish and Game regional office.

Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by contacting the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Director’s office directly at 208-334-5159 or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-2529 (TDD).