Chinook Limits Going Up?
by Eric Barker
Lewiston Tribune, June 2, 2011
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet Monday to discuss raising chinook salmon bag limits.
Joe DuPont, regional fisheries manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at Lewiston, said he is monitoring chinook counts at Snake River dams as well as pit tag information and will propose increasing limits on the Clearwater River if the run is strong enough.
DuPont is concerned that many chinook bound for the Clearwater basin that were counted at Bonneville Dam on the Columiba River have not shown up at Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River. He said there were more than 4,000 Clearwater River chinook stalled somewhere below Little Goose Dam.
The latest chinook counts indicate those fish might be on the move. On Wednesday, more than 4,000 adult chinook were counted using the fish ladder at Little Goose.
If those fish are bound for the Clearwater, limits might be on their way up.
The commission will also consider opening a jacks-only season on the upper Salmon River.
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