Its been an interesting salmon fishing season, and a little different than in recent years.
Currently, portions of all rivers that have salmon seasons remain open to fishing, which means the Snake, Clearwater, Lochsa, Salmon, Little Salmon, South Fork of the Salmon and Upper Salmon all have fishing available. Remember only portions of the rivers are open, and you can call (855) 287-2702 for updates.
Heres one reason for the long season. Fishing has been a little slow. Usually, some of the river sections dont stay open this long. For example, catches rates on the South Fork often track like a bottle rocket. They zoom up and boom, the season is over. People are still fishing well past the Fourth of July on the South Fork, which is rare.
I talked to the folks at Fish and Game, and all salmon seasons are likely to remain open through the weekend. F&G tries to give at least 48 hours notice before a closure.
You can also check F&Gs website at fishandgame.idaho.gov and click on fishing and chinook salmon and harvest report to get an update on catch rates and how much of the quota has been caught.
While fishing hasnt been red hot, its good to see a long salmon season. People have been fishing since May, and fall fishing (if it happens), is likely to start Sept. 1. That could mean salmon fishing from spring into fall with a short break during mid-summer. If you like salmon, thats pretty cool.