Idaho Fish & Game Asking Anglers To Keep All Walleye Caught In Snake River To Help Salmon & Steelhead

Idaho Fish and Game is asking anglers to keep all walleye caught in the Snake River.

The non-native voracious predator feeds on protected juvenile salmon and steelhead.  The first walleye caught in the fish trap at Lower Granite Dam South of Colfax in Washington was in 2016.  Fish biologists now believe there are thousands of walleye above the dam in Idaho.  Idaho Fish and Game is receiving more and more reports of walleye caught in Hells Canyon.  Managers are asking anglers to not release them back in the Snake but take them home for a tasty dinner.  There are no limits or restrictions on walleye fishing in Idaho in salmon and steelhead waters.

The invasive species first appeared in the Columbia River Basin in Lake Roosevelt in Washington about 80 years ago.

Walleye (25 inches) caught by an angler on the Snake River at the mouth of Rush Creek in Hells Canyon in August 2023.