South Fork of the Salmon chinook season ends today

Fishing ends at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9

Boise - The Idaho StatesmanJuly 7, 2014 

Chinook salmon are popular with anglers.

PETE ZIMOWSKY

Idaho Fish and Game officials say sport anglers will harvest the non-tribal share of hatchery chinook salmon for 2014 in the South Fork Salmon River.

Anglers have been catching chinook in the South Fork since the fishery opened on June 21. The number of salmon harvested each day started to increase the last week of June, and the highest numbers of anglers fishing were observed over the fourth of July weekend.

The South Fork's season has traditionally ended shortly after Fourth of July weekend.

The upper Salmon River, from near the town of North Fork upstream to near the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery is currently open to chinook fishing. Also, the Little Salmon River from the Pollock Bridge on Idaho 95 at milepost 190 upstream to the Boulder Creek Road remains open until July 27. Fish and Game releases about 200,000 smolts each year in the upper section of the Little Salmon, so adult fish will return to that area.

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