USFS Issues Redds Warning
The chinook spawning season on the Middle Fork occurs for about a month, starting Aug. 15.
STANLEY, Idaho -- U.S. Forest Service officials are asking boaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River to steer clear of chinook salmon spawning redds as they navigate the 100-mile-long National Wild and Scenic River in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
The chinook spawning season on the Middle Fork occurs for about a month, starting Aug. 15. Officials from the agency have marked key salmon spawning habitat so boaters know which areas to avoid.
The Middle Fork Outfitters Association has recruited volunteers to work at the Boundary Creek and Indian Creek launch sites to inform and educate outfitted and private float groups about the importance of steering around the spawning grounds as they float the river.
Chinook season opens Saturday on parts of Snake
Portions of the Snake River will open to fall chinook fishing in Idaho and Washington Saturday.
The daily bag limit in Idaho and Washington will be six hatchery chinook.
Washington licensed anglers must cease fishing for salmon and steelhead once their adult daily limit for either steelhead or salmon has been reached.
The season in Washington is open from the river's mouth to the Oregon state line in Hells Canyon.
Idaho's season will be open from the Idaho-Washington State line to Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River as well as a short section on the Clearwater and Salmon rivers.
Fisheries managers are expecting a return of more than 18,000 adult fish, including about 12,000 hatchery fish and more than 6,100 wild fish to return to the Snake River and its tributaries this fall.
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