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Steelhead Anglers: Nez Perce Tribal Steelhead License Not Valid Outside Reservation

Steelhead anglers are reminded that the Nez Perce tribal steelhead license is not valid outside the reservation boundary on the Clearwater River or on the Salmon and Snake rivers. However, an Idaho fishing license with a steelhead permit is valid on all three rivers. Steelhead anglers that posses a valid Nez Perce Tribal steelhead fishing license may fish the Clearwater River only within the reservation, from its western boundary near the mouth of Hatwai Creek to the upstream boundary above Kooskia. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has entered into a reciprocal agreement with the Nez Perce Tribe to honor either the tribal steelhead fishing license or an Idaho fishing license with steelhead permit on the Clearwater River within reservation boundaries. IDFG Conservation Officers and Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries Enforcement Officers who check steelhead anglers on the Clearwater within the reservation boundaries will accept either the tribal license or Idaho license with steelhead permit.