Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism

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It looks like anglers will be able to bag steelhead in Idaho after all this year, despite mixed public opinion.

Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners signed off on opening up a steelhead season starting Sunday with a two-bag daily limit. Those fishing on the Clearwater and parts of the Snake will also have to throw back any steelhead more than 28 inches long.

The move comes after state officials implemented a catch-and-release-only policy due to initial low fish counts at the Bonneville and Lower Granite dams.

Those numbers have rebounded, with an expected 25,000 hatchery fish to return to the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers.

 

Fish and Game received more than 1,000 comments on the proposal, something Director Virgil Moore calls "very unusual."

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