Little Salmon to close for fishing for adult chinook salmon

Fishing will end for adult chinook salmon on the Little Salmon River near Riggins at the end of the day Friday, June 27, according to an order by Idaho Fish and Game.

Anglers have caught more than 90 percent of the "non-tribal harvest" of fish returning to the Rapid River Hatchery near Riggins.

Anglers will not be allowed to take chinook, 24 inches or longer, from the mouth of the Little Salmon upstream to the Pollock Bridge at Milepost 190 on U.S. 95.

Anglers can continue to harvest jack salmon (those less then 24 inches) in this river section. Any salmon 24 inches or longer must be released immediately. Anglers may keep up to four  adipose-clipped jacks per day until further notice, Fish and Game said.

Anglers can still catch and keep adipose-clipped adult and jack chinook from the Pollock Bridge upstream to Smokey Boulder Road until further notice.

Chinook fishing is open in the Upper Salmon River and on the South Fork of the Salmon River. Those seasons are open until the sport fishing quota has been met. The fish are probably just starting to arrive in both areas. Fishing tends to peak on the South Fork of the Salmon River around the Fourth of July weekend, but the season often closes shortly after the fish arrive because catch rates are high and the quota is usually fairly small compared to the Little Salmon.