Idaho Fish Managers Scale Back
by Associated Press
Idaho has pared back its chinook salmon forecast by more than 30 percent to more than 50,000 fish, down from a preseason prediction of more than 83,000.
The numbers expected to pass Lower Granite Dam are still due to be as much as five times the 2007 run.
But Idaho Fish and Game fisheries head Ed Schriever said there will likely only be 400 to 500 fish available for sportfishing below Hell's Canyon, down from 1,000.
About 4,000 fish will be available in the Clearwater drainage, down from 8,200. And the lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers were revised to about 4,500, from 9,400.
Seasons are already open on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers, and the Lochsa River opens Saturday.
The Upper Salmon will be open from June 19. The South Fork Salmon River will be open June 25
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