Return of the native

Print Article

By RALPH BARTHOLDT

Staff Writer

The opening of the Clearwater River catch-and-keep steelhead season began this week with an added bonus.

The season that almost didn’t happen because of low early steelhead returns has an added bonus because it coincides with an expanded coho season.

Anglers with a valid salmon permit are allowed to keep two coho daily, with six in possession and 10 for the season. The coho salmon season limit is in addition to the Chinook season limit. Because there are no wild coho in the system, coho salmon with or without an attached adipose fin can be harvested.

Coho salmon, once abundant in the Clearwater, were declared extinct in 1986, but the Nez Perce Tribe’s fishery program successfully reintroduced the sea-run salmon to the Lower Snake and Clearwater rivers.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, in conjunction with the tribe, opened the fishery three years ago. The season runs through Nov. 19, or until it is closed by Fish and Game based on catch rates.

Fishing will be allowed on the Clearwater, the North Fork Clearwater downstream of Dworshak Dam, and the Middle Fork Clearwater upstream to Clear Creek.

The coho fishery is relatively new, with the state record fish weighing in at 11 3/4 pounds, and there is no Idaho catch-and-release record.

Clearwater coho usually range in size from 8-12 pounds, according to Fish and Game.

“Weigh any fish you catch,” game department spokesman Roger Phillips said.

To submit a weight record, the fish must be weighed on a certified scale.

To submit a catch-and-release record, a photo of the fish with a tape showing the length of the fish in inches must be submitted. Follow Fish and Game’s submission guidelines.

Print Article

Read More Outdoors

Outdoors briefs

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend is scheduled for Sept. 29-30 Duck and goose hunting is among the coolest ways to introduce a youngster to the excitement of hunting. There’s usually plenty of birds...

Comments

Read More

REFLECTION: RALPH BARTHOLDT — Don’t need permission to hunt Idaho’s big, wide open public lands

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press The grouse flew straight up through a funnel of pine toward a patch of blue sky like feathered corkscrews, and we raised our guns, Honer and me, knocking the birds back down to the ground. They plop...

Comments

Read More

Pact keeps endowment lands open to sportsmen

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press The Idaho Fish Department of and Game is spending a quarter per acre to ensure we have more places to hunt. A recently signed agreement requires Idaho Fish and Game pay the Idaho Department of Lands...

Comments

Read More

A big, opening morning bull is reward for Post Falls man

September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press It was a lot of work, Matt Oliver of Post Falls said. But who can remember that now? On Sept. 6, the opening day of North Idaho’s 2018 archery elk season, Oliver and a friend were working a bull in...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2018 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X