Catch quotas of adult chinook salmon are coming fast and Idaho Fish and Game will close the entire drainage of the Clearwater River to the taking of adult salmon at 9:15 p.m. PDT, Sunday, June 22.
That includes the Middle Fork, South Fork and Lochsa rivers.
Harvest of all chinook salmon, including jacks, will be off-limits in the Main Clearwater and the North Fork Clearwater after June 22. Closing these sections to all salmon fishing will eliminate the deaths of among adult salmon hooked and released by anglers fishing for jack salmon, Fish and Game said.
Harvest of jack salmon (those under 24 inches) will continue to be allowed on the Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater and Lochsa River until further notice. Anglers may harvest up to four adipose-clipped chinook salmon under 24 inches per day on those rivers. Any salmon 24 inches or longer must be immediately released. Anglers harvesting four jacks in a day or having 12 jacks in possession must discontinue fishing, the agency said.