Chinook Harvest Updateby Eric Barker
Lewiston Tribune, May 10, 2010
Fishing picked up on the lower Clearwater and lower Salmon rivers last week and went bonkers near Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River.
According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, anglers caught 225 chinook from the lower Clearwater last week. They kept 174 and released 51. Anglers averaged 24 hours of fishing for each chinook caught and 31 hours for each chinook kept.
Anglers caught 8 chinook between Cherrylane and Orofino and kept all of them. They averaged hooking a chinook for each 147 hours of fishing.
Anglers on the lower Salmon River between Rice Creek Bridge and Hammer Creek caught 64 salmon including 2 jacks. They released eight and averaged 11 hours of fishing for each salmon caught and 13 for each on kept.
Between Hammer Creek and and Time Zone Bridge anglers caught 37 and kept 25. They averaged 40/59 hours for each chinook caught/kept.
Six chinook were harvested between Time Zone Bridge and Short's Creek. All were kept for an average of 44 hours per caught and kept fish.
The Snake River between Dug Bar and Hells Canyon Dam was smoking hot. Anglers caught 132 salmon, nine jacks and kept 123. The hours per fish average was 7 per caught and 8 per kept.
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