Salmon Region Guide

Guide created on 2017-11-06


Region Exceptions

Muskrat

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting License and Trapping License
Method:
Trapping

Fox

Dates:
All year
License:
Hunting license
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Dates:
All year
License:
Hunting license
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Tiger muskie

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Size:
none under 40 inches

Largemouth bass

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, both species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Chinook salmon placed in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit. Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Dates:
December 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
December 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
December 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout
Size:
none under 14 inches

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only, No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
includes tributaries

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only, No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Special:
includes tributaries

Dates:
Dec. 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
Dec. 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout
Size:
none under 14 inches

Dates:
Dec. 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
only trout with a clipped adipose fin, as evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Section: Those tributaries from the mouth of the Salmon River upstream to the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River (except Crooked Creek, Little Salmon River, and South Fork Salmon River)

Dates:
Dec. 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
Section: Those tributaries from the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River upstream (except: North Fork Salmon River, Lemhi, Pahsimeroi, East Fork Salmon River, and Yankee Fork Salmon River)Salmon Region General Rules Apply

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
Dec. 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
Dec. 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
Dec. 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to November 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to November 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to November 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
December 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Chinook salmon

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Chinook salmon placed in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit. Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Sunapee

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Chinook salmon placed in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit. Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Bass

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, both species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Bull trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
No bull trout harvest is allowed

All other fish species

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
No limit.

Arctic graylings

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Chinook salmon placed in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit. Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Kokanee salmon

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Dates:
August 8 through December 31
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only

Cutthroat trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Chinook salmon placed in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit. Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to November 30
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to November 30
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to November 30
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Dates:
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
no harvest of cutthroat trout

Rainbow trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Chinook salmon placed in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit. Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Otter

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting License and Trapping License
Method:
Trapping

Protected nongame fish

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
May not be harvested or possessed

Whitefish

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for brook trout

Marten

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting License and Trapping License
Method:
Trapping

Bobcat

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting License and Trapping License
Method:
Trapping

Crayfish

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
No limit.

Mink

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting License and Trapping License
Method:
Trapping

Smallmouth bass

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, both species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Trout hybrids

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Chinook salmon placed in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit. Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Brook trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
25
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for brook trout

Bullfrog

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
No limit
Possession Limit:
No limit.

Sturgeon

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only, Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required
Special:
Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing

Pacific lamprey

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
May not be harvested or possessed

Lake trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Chinook salmon placed in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit. Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Beaver

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Hunting License and Trapping License
Method:
Trapping

Golden trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
6, all species combined
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season
Special:
Chinook salmon placed in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit. Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately

Badger

Dates:
All year
License:
Hunting license
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Dates:
All year
License:
Hunting license
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

Ocean-going

Species:
Salmon
Special:
(ocean-going) Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and rules are issued in a separate brochure Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water
License:
Required

License:
Required
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Defined as rainbow trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam, and lakes) Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water
Size:
over 20 inches

Closed to all fishing

Dates:
December 1 through June 30
License:
Required
Special:
above Williams Lake includes tributaries closed to fishing upstream from the posted boundary at Williams Lake

Dates:
Dec. 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend
License:
Required

Dates:
December 1 through June 30
License:
Required
Special:
above Williams Lake includes tributaries closed to fishing upstream from the posted boundary at Williams Lake

Dates:
December 1 through June 30
License:
Required
Special:
above Williams Lake includes tributaries closed to fishing upstream from the posted boundary at Williams Lake

No bait allowed, barbless hooks required

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Special:
includes tributaries

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Special:
includes tributaries

Required

Dates:
All year
Special:
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.
Possession Limit:
3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season

Hunting license

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Dates:
All year
When Hour:
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Special:
Salmon Region: Custer and Lemhi counties

Activities Available

Furbearer Hunting
Game Bird Hunting
Fresh Water Fishing
Small Game Hunting
Turkey Hunting
Big Game Hunting
Rabbit Hunting

Methods Available

Barbless Hook
Catch And Release
Watercraft
Archery And Spear Fishing
Fishing Shelter
Artificial Fly
Unlawful
Closed To All Fishing
Identification
Prohibited,the Use Or Aid Of Any Electronic Call
Closed
Catch And Release Only, No Bait Allowed, Barbless Hooks Required
Trapping
Prohibited: From Any Watercraft.
Catch And Release Only, Only Single-pointed Barbless Hooks Are Allowed
Watercraft Restrictions
Catch-and-Release Fishing
Hands, Use Of For Fishing
Attendance Of Fishing Gear
Snagging
Prohibited, Trap, Snare, Net, Crossbow, Slingshot, Handheld Or Thrown Missiles, Firearms Except A Shotgun Using Shells Not Exceeding 3 ½ Inches Maximum Length, Except Forest Grouse.
Prohibited
Artificial Lure
On The Birding Island Segment
Catch And Release Only
Contest/Tournament Fishing
Chumming, Illegal
Other Set Trap
No Bait Allowed, Barbless Hooks Required
Specific Closures See Special
Molesting Fish
Trapping Or Seining
Ground Set Trap
Prohibited, Unlawful
Water Set Trap
Fly-Fishing
Prohibited: The Use Or Aid Of Any Electronic Call
Only Single-pointed Barbless Hooks Are Allowed
Bait, Prohibited
Illegal Fishing Methods
Gaff Hook
Prohibited From Any Watercraft.
Special Closures See Special
Trapping Prohibitions
Prohibited, With A Trap, Snare, Net, Crossbow, Slingshot, Handheld Or Thrown Missiles, Firearms Except A Shotgun Using Shells Not Exceeding 3 ½ Inches Maximum Length, Except Forest Grouse
Bait
Identification Requirements
Maggot
Youth Hunt Only
Prohibited: Forest Grouse Shall Not Be Taken With A Trap, Snare, Net Or Crossbow. See Special For Excetpions
Closed To Fishing
Prohibited, Trap, Snare, Net, Or Shotgun Using Shotgun Shells Exceeding 3 1/2 Inches In Length
Catch And Release Only, Barbless Hooks And Sliding Sinkers Are Required
Hook
Fishing
Ice Fishing
Bait Fishing
Prohibited: The Aid Of Baiting.

State-wide Species Available

All Other Fish Species
Arctic Graylings
Badger
Bass
Beaver
Black Crappie
Blueback Salmon
Bluegill
Blue Grouse
Bobcat
Bobwhite Quail
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Bullfrog
Bullhead
Bull Trout
California Quail
Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Chiselmouth
Chukar
Coho Salmon
Cottontail Rabbit
Crayfish
Cutthroat Trout
Dusky Grouse
Fox
Gambel's Quail
Golden Trout
Gray Partridge
Kokanee Salmon
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Lynx
Mackinaw Trout
Marten
Mink
Minnows
Mountain Quail
Mountain Whitefish
Mule Deer
Muskrat
Northern Bobwhite Quail
Northern Pike
Northern Pikeminnow
Northern Squawfish
Otter
Pacific Lamprey
Pheasant
Protected Nongame Fish
Pygmy Rabbit
Rainbow Trout
Ring-necked Pheasant
Ruffed Grouse
Sage-grouse
Sage Grouse
Salmon
Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Smallmouth Bass
Sockeye Salmon
Spruce Grouse
Steelhead
Sturgeon
Sunapee
Tiger Muskie
Trout
Trout Hybrids
Utah Chub
Walleye
White-Tailed Deer
White Crappie
Whitefish
White Sturgeon
Yellow Perch

General Regulations

Always check your state's official documentation. See our list of state regulations.