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Fall Chinook Fishing
to Open September 1

by Staff
Times-News, July 13, 2016

A big Fall Chinook is handled in the Nez Perce Tribe hatchery. JEROME -- Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted a fall Chinook salmon fishing season to open Sept. 1 on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers.

Commissioners approved the fall seasons during their July 7 meeting in Jerome.

The 2016 fall Chinook forecast is 32,000 hatchery and naturally produced fall Chinook returning to the Snake River basin. Last year's actual return was 59,000 fall Chinook.

Fall Chinook fishing on the Snake River will be open from the Washington-Idaho border upstream to Hells Canyon Dam.

Fishing on the Snake River from the Idaho border to Cliff Mountain Rapids (about a mile downstream of Hells Canyon Dam) is scheduled to be open until Oct. 31 but could close sooner depending on the actual number of fish that return and the amount of harvest. The stretch between Hells Canyon Dam and Cliff Mountain Rapids is scheduled to remain open until Nov. 17.

Other areas opening for fall Chinook fishing on Sept. 1:

A valid fishing license and salmon permit are required to fish for fall Chinook. Only adipose-clipped salmon may be kept. The daily bag limit is six adult fall Chinook salmon, and the possession limit is 18. There is no season limit on adult fall Chinook.

Only adult fall Chinook (24 inches and longer) must be recorded on the angler's salmon permit. There is no daily, possession or season limits on fall Chinook jacks (those less than 24 inches).

Related Sites:
2016 Fall Chinook salmon Seasons and Rules brochure

Fall Chinook Fishing to Open September 1
Times-News, July 13, 2016

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