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Chinook Season Opens this Weekend

by Staff
Idaho Mountain Express, June 19, 2009

(Willy Cook) Four-year-old Hailey angler Alexis Burk, standing next to Gaylynn and Rick Burk, fishes for chinook salmon along the upper Salmon River downstream of Stanley last summer. The Burks were taking part in the first chinook season along the upper Salmon in 31 years. This summer, local anglers may get another chance to pursue the popular gamefish in the Stanley area, according to fisheries officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Anglers will be able to take part in a rare chinook salmon-fishing season on the upper Salmon River starting Saturday, June 20.

This is the second year in a row that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has authorized such a fishery. Last year's chinook fishery on the upper Salmon was the first approved by the agency in 31 years.

According to a Fish and Game, fishing success may be slow at the start, but as flows decline and the river continues to clear fishing will improve. The department said that while there are fewer fish migrating over downstream dams on the lower Snake River than originally predicted, there are still adequate numbers for a chinook season.

Consult the 2009 salmon season rules for the upper Salmon River before fishing for chinook. The season will remain open until further notice.

The fishing boundaries extend from a point approximately 150 yards downstream of Island Park in the city of Salmon upstream to the posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream of the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery near Stanley.

Anglers can fish from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Daily limits are two chinook greater than or equal to 24 inches.

Chinook Season Opens this Weekend
Idaho Mountain Express, June 19, 2009

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