Outdoors

Chinook salmon season on the Boise River starts Thursday

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the chinook fishing season after a conference call Monday morning, the agency said in a statement.

Fish and Game will release the chinook sometime after noon Thursday. The season will continue through Sept. 30.

Release sites are from the Glenwood Bridge to Barber Dam. The total number of salmon to be released will depend on how many are trapped at the weir.

“Numbers are not certain, but likely around 150,’’ Anadromous Fisheries Manager Sam Sharr said.

Besides a fishing license, anglers need a salmon permit. Anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook salmon per day, regardless of size. The possession limit will be six salmon, regardless of size.

Jack salmon — those less than 24 inches — do not need to be carded, but count toward the daily bag limit. Adult salmon — those 24 inches or longer — must be recorded on an angler’s salmon permit.

Anglers are allowed to harvest 20 adult chinook salmon statewide during the 2015 salmon seasons, occurring before Sept. 1.

Fishing for chinook salmon in the Boise River is permitted 24 hours a day, and barbless hooks are not required.

With the Boise River floating season open, anglers and floaters are encouraged to be courteous and respect each other, according to a Fish and Game statement.

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