If you've been waiting for word about the chinook season, it's here, and the news is mixed at best. According to Idaho Fish and Game, salmon counts at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River "suggest that the 2013 return of chinook salmon to Idaho may be significantly lower than forecast, but large enough to support fisheries."
Projected returns for the Clearwater River are farther below forecast than returns to the Salmon and Snake rivers, F&G reported.
The season was set so hatcheries can get the fish needed for brood stock and anglers will get to fish in most of their usual places. But there will be restrictions, such as Friday through Monday fishing on the Clearwater and a one-fish limit for adult chinook.
Fishing in the Salmon River is a little more generous, but the season might not last long if fishing gets good. You can see the full salmon season rules on the agency's website at fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Cabela's is hosting its Fish for Millions derby where anglers can win up to $2 million in cash and about $275,000 in prizes by catching tagged fish in select lakes in Idaho and 22 other states.
The derby starts on Saturday. Cabela's, Ranger Boats and Chevy are tagging fish in Idaho, and more than 100 lakes throughout the U.S.
To register, go to Cabelas.com, and on Saturday you can find out where the prize fish are released.
In 2012, 118 out of 1,000 winning fish were caught in the derby. The number of tagged fish will be 1,500 this year. It's pretty cool to fish for millions, and definitely more fun than buying lottery tickets.