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Jerry Smith coho salmon NF Clearwater River

Lewiston angler sets new coho state record on the NF Clearwater River


Lewiston angler celebrates catch/release record

Congratulations to Jerry Smith of Lewiston on landing a 30-inch coho salmon. Smith hooked the fish while fishing the North Fork Clearwater River on Nov. 13. While Idaho's catch-and-release record program has been around since 2016, this is the first application for an ocean-run coho salmon, setting the stage for future records. The 2022 season for coho salmon is open from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, and more information can be found on the Coho Seasons & Rules page. 

In the fall, the Clearwater River is home to several ocean-run species migrating back to Idaho, including steelhead, fall-run Chinook salmon and coho salmon. Anglers should examine their catch carefully to distinguish the three species, as there are separate seasons and bag limits on each. 

Know Your Salmon

Jerry Smith pauses to measure a 30-inch coho salmon from the North Fork Clearwater River, setting Idaho's first catch-and-release state record for the ocean-run species.