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Salmon Fishing: What's Open, What's Closed

Salmon Seasons: Open - Salmon fishing remains open on these rivers:
  • Upper Salmon River from the Highway 75 Bridge over the mainstem of the Salmon River at milepost 213.5 (about nine miles west of Clayton) upstream to the posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the weir at Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley, until further notice or August 2, whichever comes first.
  • South Fork Salmon River from the bridge on Forest Service Road 48 - Lick Creek/East Fork South Fork Road/ - where it crosses the South Fork Salmon River mainstem, just upstream from the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, upstream about 33 river miles to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap, open until further notice.
Any waters not specifically open, are closed to Chinook salmon fishing. Anglers may use only barbless hooks no larger than five-eighths inch from the point to the shank. In the Lochsa River, salmon may only be taken with artificial flies and lures with one barbless hook per fly or lure - no bait. A single hook may have up to three points. Fishing hours are from one half hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset, local time. Limits for adult Chinook salmon on these rivers are two per day, six in possession and 40 for the season. Anglers may keep two jacks per day and have six in possession, but they do not count on the salmon limit. When the adult limit is reached, the angler must stop fishing for salmon, including catch-and-release. Anglers must have a valid fishing license and salmon permit in possession to fish for salmon. Please consult the 2008-2009 Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure or a Fish and Game office for additional rules, license costs and other information. Salmon Seasons: Closed - Salmon fishing is closed on these rivers:
  • Clearwater River.
  • Middle Fork Clearwater River.
  • Snake River.
  • Lower Salmon River.
  • North Fork Clearwater River.
  • South Fork Clearwater River.
  • Lochsa River.
  • Little Salmon River.