Idaho Fish and Game OKs
by Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Friday approved a limited spring chinook salmon fishing season.
The season will open May 11 on the Clearwater River, Upper Snake River in Hells Canyon, Lower Salmon River and Little Salmon River.
The season will open May 26 on the Lochsa River.
The season will be open Fridays through Mondays until July 16 on the Clearwater, Upper Snake and Lochsa rivers, or until Fish and Game determines the season should close sooner.
On the Little Salmon the season will be open through Aug. 5 or until further notice. The Lower Salmon River is open until June 25 unless biologists decide to close it early.
"The run appears to be coming in at the forecast numbers," said Sam Sharr, anadromous fishery manager for the Department of Fish and Game.
Biologists predict that 27,700 adult spring chinook will cross Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River this year, down from 32,664 counted last year.
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