Idaho Chinook Salmon Season
JEROME - The Idaho Fish and Game Commission today approved a spring Chinook salmon fishing season to start Saturday, May 4, on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers.
"Fish counts from Bonneville Dam suggest that the 2013 return of Chinook salmon to Idaho may be significantly lower than forecast but large enough to support fisheries," said a press release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. "Projected returns for the Clearwater River are farther below forecast levels than returns to the Salmon and Snake rivers."
Fish and Game tailored the 2013 fisheries proposals to meet hatchery broodstock needs, focus fishing efforts in areas where hatchery fish are most abundant, and still allow fishing in river reaches that anglers have grown accustomed to fishing in recent years, the release said.
The proposal for the Clearwater River approved by the commission limits fishing to four days per week and reduces the length of river open to fishing in each of the recently fished sections.
Only the Lochsa River is closed entirely to fishing.
Fisheries in the Lower Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers are similar to fisheries in recent years. These areas will be open seven days a week, and river sections recently fished will not be shortened -- except the Shorts Bar to Vinegar Creek stretch of the lower Salmon River, which is closed.
The following details are from this afternoon's Fish and Game release:
River sections open to fishing are:
Clearwater River drainage: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only.
Fishing from any watercraft is prohibited.
An angler must cease fishing for Chinook salmon once they have retained their daily, possession, or season limit of adult Chinook salmon or their overall (fish of any size) daily or possession limit of Chinook salmon, whichever comes first.
Only adult Chinook salmon must be recorded on the salmon permit. An adult Chinook is any adipose fin-clipped Chinook 24 or more inches from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Chinook salmon less than 24 inches (jacks) count against the daily limit but need not be recorded on the salmon permit.
Idaho Postpones Spring Chinook Season Setting by Rich Landers, Spokesman-Review, April 22, 2013
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