Chinook season to end May 16 on Lower Clearwater

The fishing season for adult chinook salmon in the Lower Clearwater River will close to Friday (May 16) at the end of fishing hours (8:30 p.m.), according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

The harvest quota for adult chinook in that section has been met, the agency said Thursday.

The section of the Clearwater River that will be closed extends from the Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge near Lewiston upstream to the Cherry Lane Bridge.

 Anglers may continue to fish for jack Chinook salmon in this river section. Jack salmon are defined as less than 24 inches in length.

Anglers may keep four jack chinooks with a clipped adipose fin per day. Any adult salmon (24 inches or longer) caught in this river section must be immediately released.

Chinook salmon seasons continue on the Clearwater River upstream from the Cherry Lane Bridge and the North Fork Clearwater, as well as the Lower Salmon River, the Little Salmon River and the Lochsa River.

In a related matter, the F&G Commission has approved fishing seasons on the South Fork of the Salmon and Upper Salmon rivers.

Seasons will open on June 21 on both rivers. Limits on both rivers will be four fish per day. Only two of the fish may be adult salmon. The possession limit will be 12 fish. Only six of the fish may be adults.

For more information on salmon seasons and fishing rules in Idaho, visit the Fish and Game website:


http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/fish/chinook .