Spring chinook fishing opens April 25, youth turkey hunts April 8

Spring chinook fishing opens April 25, summer fishing also expected

Idaho Fish and Game is projecting a sport harvest of about 11,700 adipose-clipped chinook salmon in the Clearwater, Snake, lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers during the spring season.

In the South Fork Clearwater, lower Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake River fisheries, anglers can keep four fish per day, only two of which may be adults. The possession limit there is 12 fish, of which only six may be adults (24-inches or longer).

In the Clearwater Basin, except for the South Fork Clearwater River, limits are four fish per day, only one of which may be an adult. The possession limit in those parts of the Clearwater River drainage will be 12 fish, only three of which may be adults.

The season limit is 20 adult chinook for seasons prior to Sept. 1. Other rules and special restrictions for the chinook salmon fishery will be available in the 2015 spring chinook rules brochure, which will be available online and at vendors by April 25.

In May, F&G commissioners will consider salmon fishing seasons on the South Fork Salmon and upper Salmon Rivers. Fish return to those areas later than the Clearwater River and Rapid River hatcheries, giving managers more time to develop fishing season proposals.

Youth turkey hunt begins April 8

Idaho’s general youth turkey hunting season runs through Tuesday, April 14.

Youth ages 10 to 15-years old on April 8 may participate in the hunt. All youth hunters must have a valid hunting license, and they must be accompanied by a licensed adult who is 18 years of age or older. The general spring turkey hunts open April 15 and run through May 25.