Idaho’s fishing season for Chinook salmon opens on Sunday in the Clearwater River, Snake River, Little Salmon and lower Salmon rivers, though officials say this year’s run appears to be one of the latest on record.
According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, no fish had crossed Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River as of April 15.
In the Clearwater River drainage, the daily limit is four Chinook; only two may be adults – at least 24 inches in length – but only one adult may be from the North Fork Clearwater. The possession limit is 12, but only six may be adults.
In the Snake River from Dug Bar to Hells Canyon Dam, the lower Salmon and the Little Salmon rivers, the daily limit is four Chinook, with a maximum of two adults. The possession limit is 12, and only six may be adults.
The statewide annual limit is 20 adult Chinook in the 2012 seasons occurring before Sept. 1.
All salmon anglers 14 years old and older must have a 2012 Idaho fishing license and salmon permit. Daylight fishing hours are in the season brochure and more information is available online at www.fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Seasons for Chinook fishing in the South Fork Salmon and the upper Salmon rivers will be proposed to the commission at the scheduled May meeting. (IDFG)