Chinook season opens July 5 on South Fork of the Salmon River


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PETE ZIMOWSKY — Idaho Statesman file

After the fishing season opens, fishing will be open only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until further notice, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said.

State fisheries managers are anticipating a shorter fishery on the South Fork of the Salmon River because fewer chinook are returning to Idaho than in recent years.

Salmon are expected to be throughout the river when the season opens, and all the surplus fish could be caught during the first three-day opener.

The South Fork will be open from the bridge on U.S. Forest Service Road No. 48 - Lick Creek/East Fork South Fork Road - where it crosses the South Fork of the Salmon River's main stem just upstream of the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River.

The open stretch continues upstream about 35 miles to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream from the Fish and Game South Fork of the Salmon River weir and trap.


Other details include:

• Fishing hours will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• The daily bag limit will be four chinook salmon, only two of which may be adults. The possession limit is 12, only six of which may be adults.

• Adult chinook salmon are at least 24 inches long. Jacks are less than 24 inches long. Only adipose-fin-clipped salmon may be kept.

• The season statewide limit is 10 adult chinook salmon during seasons occurring before Sept. 1.


Fishing for chinook salmon in the Little Salmon River is closed, but the fishing season for adult and jack chinook salmon in the Snake River, from Dug Bar upstream to the Hells Canyon Dam, will continue until further notice, Fish and Game said Tuesday.

The limit on the Snake River is four salmon per day, only one of which may be an adult. The limit is 12 salmon in possession, no more than three of which may be adults.


For details see Idaho Fish and Game's chinook page at, click on "fishing" then "chinook."

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