When I told people last week to get their salmon fishing in soon, I thought the season would last longer. But the ink was hardly dry on the newsprint when Fish and Game announced salmon season was ending on the Main Salmon and Little Salmon rivers near Riggins, and the remaining sections of the Clearwater river system also closed for chinook fishing this week.
The Clearwater and Main Salmon remain closed, but the Little Salmon is back, and fishing will resume Friday, June 7.
The season is open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. Fishing hours are from 5:05 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Little Salmon will open from a posted boundary about 50 yards upstream of the Little Salmon River mouth to the U.S. 95 bridge near Smokey Boulder Road.
The daily limit is four chinook salmon, only two of which may be adults 24 inches or longer. So get it while you can. Fishing conditions should be prime, and it wouldn't surprise me if this is the last hurrah. When fishing gets good on the Little Salmon, a lot of fish can get caught in a short amount of time.
It might as well be you, but it won't happen if you're not there.
We will find out later this month if there's going to be enough chinook to support a fishing season on the South Fork of the Salmon River and the Upper Salmon River.
In recent years, the Little Salmon has slowed down or shut down right about the time the fishing season opened in those upper sections.
But I have a hunch there will be some lag between the two this year, assuming there's enough chinook available for more fishing.