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Saturday, July 4, 2015 



2015 Spring Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules

  • Seasons and Rules for the Boise River. Season open June 18 - September 30, 2015. — [PDF, 377 KB]
  • Seasons and Rules for the South Fork Salmon River and Upper Salmon River . Season for Upper Salmon River open June 13 until further notice. Season for South Fork Salmon River open June 19 until further notice — [PDF, 440 KB]
  • Seasons and Rules for the Snake River, Clearwater River, North Fork Clearwater River, Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater River, Lochsa River, Lower Salmon River, Little Salmon River. Season open April 25 until further notice. — [PDF, 400 KB]
  • New fishing access agreement on Little Salmon River - Lower Section
Please see the table below for the current status and any changes to the 2015 season.

Do you know what you're catching? See the differences between Chinook, coho and steelhead. — [PDF, 255 KB]
All Chinook salmon with an adipose fin MUST be released!  

All salmon with an adipose fin MUST be released!
Current Season and Limits Status
For the Mainstem Clearwater, North Fork Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, Lochsa, Snake, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers
River Location Code River Section Season Dates Season Status Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
03 Mainstem Clearwater – Lower
From the (Camas Prairie) Railroad Bridge at Lewiston upstream to the Cherry Lane Bridge.
April 25
until further notice
CLOSED 4 salmon,
only 1
may be adult
12 salmon,
no more than 3
may be adults
This section closed to all salmon fishing on Sunday, May 17.
03 Mainstem Clearwater – Middle
From the Cherry Lane Bridge upstream to the Orofino Bridge.
April 25 
until further notice
CLOSED 4 salmon,
only 1
may be adult
12 salmon,
no more than 3
may be adults
This section closed to all salmon fishing on Friday, May 22.
04 Mainstem Clearwater – Upper
From the Orofino Bridge upstream to the South Fork Clearwater River.
April 25 
until further notice.
OPEN 4 salmon,
only 1
may be adult
12 salmon,
no more than 3
may be adults
 
05 North Fork Clearwater
From its mouth upstream to Dworshak Dam (See Special Restrictions on Page 4 of 2012 Seasons & Rules Brochure).
April 25
until further notice
CLOSED 4 salmon,
only 1
may be an adult
12 salmon,
no more than 3
may be adults
This section closed to all salmon fishing on Wednesday, June 10.
06 Middle Fork Clearwater
From its confluence with the South Fork Clearwater upstream to the confluence of the Lochs and Selway rivers.
April 25 
until further notice
OPEN 4 salmon,
only 1
may be adult
12 salmon,
no more than 3
may be adults
 
07 South Fork Clearwater
From its mouth upstream to the confluence of American and Red rivers.
April 25 
until further notice
OPEN 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adults
12 salmon,
no more than 6 may be adults
 
08 Lochsa
From its mouth upstream to the Twin Bridges immediately upstream from the confluence of Crooked Fork and Colt Killed creeks.
April 25 
until further notice
OPEN 4 salmon,
only 1
may be adults
12 salmon,
no more than 3
may be adults
 
10 Lower Salmon – Pine Bar
From the Rice Creek Bridge upstream to a posted boundary approximately 200 yards downstream from the Hammer Creek boat ramp.
April 25
until further notice
CLOSED 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adults
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
This section closed to all salmon fishing on Sunday, June 7.
11 Lower Salmon – Hammer Creek
From a posted boundary approximately 200 yards downstream from the Hammer Creek boat ramp upstream to the US Highway 95 Time Zone Bridge
April 25 
until further notice
CLOSED 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adults
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
This section closed to all salmon fishing on Sunday, June 11.
11 Lower Salmon – Park Hole
From the US Highway 95 Time Zone Bridge upstream to the mouth of Short’s Creek.
April 25
until further notice
CLOSED 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adults
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
This section closed to all salmon fishing on Sunday, June 11.
12 Lower Salmon
From the mouth of Short’s Creek upstream to the Lake Creek Bridge.
April 25 
until further notice
CLOSED 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adults
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
This section closed to all salmon fishing on Sunday, June 11.
12 Lower Salmon – Vinegar Creek
From the Lake Creek Bridge to upper most boat ramp at Vinegar Creek.
April 25 
until further notice
CLOSED 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adults
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
This section closed to all salmon fishing on Sunday, June 7.
20 Little Salmon – Lower
From the mouth upstream to a posted boundary approximately 200 yards upstream of the mouth of Rapid River.
April 25
until further notice
CLOSED 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adults
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
This section closed to all salmon fishing on Sunday, June 21.
20 Little Salmon – Upper
From the posted boundary approximately 200 yards upstream of the mouth of Rapid River upstream to the US Highway 95 Bridge near Smokey Boulder Road.
April 25
until further notice
CLOSED 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adults
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
This section closed to all salmon fishing on Sunday, June 21.
Current Season and Limits Status
For the Upper Salmon River
River Location Code River Section Season Dates Season Status Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
15 From the Copper Mine boat ramp approximately 2.5 miles upstream of the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River. June 13
until further notice
OPEN 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adult
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
 
16 Mouth of the North Fork Salmon River upstream to the mouth of the Lemhi River. June 13
until further notice
OPEN 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adult
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
 
17 Mouth of the Lemhi River to mouth of the Pahsimeroi River. June 13
until further notice
OPEN 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adult
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
 
18 Mouth of the Pahsimeroi River to the mouth of the East Fork Salmon River. June 13
until further notice
OPEN 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adult
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
This section closes to harvest of adult salmon (24 inches or longer) at 10 p.m. MDT, on Sunday, July 5. Jack salmon may be kept, 4 per day, 12 in possession.
19 Mouth of the East Fork Salmon River to the posted boundary about 100 yards upstream to the posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at Sawtooth Hatchery. June 13
until further notice
OPEN 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adult
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
This section closes to harvest of adult salmon (24 inches or longer) at 10 p.m. MDT, on Sunday, July 5. Jack salmon may be kept, 4 per day, 12 in possession.
Current Season and Limits Status
For the South Fork Salmon River
River Location Code River Section Season Dates Season Status Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
21 From the bridge on Forest Service Road 48 (Lick Creek/ East Fork South Fork Road) where it crosses the mainstem South Fork Salmon River just upstream of the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, upstream approximately 32 river miles to a posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream from the Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap. June 19
until July 3rd
CLOSED 4 salmon,
only 2
may be adult
12 salmon,
no more than 6
may be adults
This section closes to all salmon fishing at 10 p.m. MDT, on Friday, July 3.
Current Season and Limits Status
For the Boise River
River Location Code River Section Season Dates Season Status Daily Limit Possession Limit Notes
28 From the mouth of the Boise River to Barber Dam. June 18 - September 30 OPEN 2 salmon,
any size
6 salmon, any size
  • Fishing is permitted 24 hours a day.
  • Barbless hooks are not required.
  • Notch permit for all adults over 24 inches.
Last Updated: July 3, 2015 
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