MARCH 25, 2010

March 25, 2010

Idaho F & G Commission adopts Chinook season

By Ed Mitchell

   Chinook salmon fishing seasons will open Saturday, April 24 in the Clearwater River, Snake River, Little Salmon and the lower Salmon River.

   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday, March 18, adopted Chinook seasons as proposed by Fish and Game managers.

   The season is based on forecasts of nearly 160,000 hatchery-origin fish and about 26,000 wild fish, crossing Lower Granite Dam, destined for Idaho. That means a harvest share of about 62,000 fish may be available to Idaho recreational anglers.

   In the Clearwater River drainage the daily limit is three Chinook, but only one may be an adult 24 or more inches long; the possession limit is nine and only three may be adults.

   Waters that open April 24 are:

   Clearwater River:

   Lower - from the Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge at Lewiston upstream to the Cherrylane Bridge

   Middle - from the Cherrylane Bridge upstream to the Orofino Bridge, excluding the perimeter of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery at Ahsahka, and excluding the ladder to the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery as marked by posted boundaries about 100 yards upstream and downstream of the ladder and extending into the river about 50 yards.

   Upper - from the Orofino Bridge upstream to the South Fork Clearwater River.

   North Fork Clearwater: From the mouth to the Dworshak Dam, excluding the perimeter of the Dworshak National Hatchery at Ahsahka.

   South Fork Clearwater: From its mouth to the confluence of the American and Red rivers.

   Middle Fork Clearwater: From the South Fork upstream to the confluence of the Lochsa and Selway rivers.

   Lower Salmon River:

   Pine Bar - From the Rice Creek Bridge upstream to the posted boundary about 200 yards downstream of the Hammer Creek boat ramp. This is a new section added this year.

   Hammer Creek - From a posted boundary about 200 yards downstream from the Hammer Creek boat ramp upstream to the U.S. Highway 95 Time Zone Bridge.

   Park Hole - From the Time Zone Bridge upstream to a posted boundary at the mouth of Short's Creek, about 1.4 miles upstream of the mouth of the Little Salmon River.

   Little Salmon:

   Lower - From the mouth to a posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the mouth of the Rapid River.

   Upper - from the posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the Rapid River upstream to the U.S. Highway 95 Bridge near Smokey Boulder Road.

   Snake River: From the Dug Bar boat ramp upstream to Hells Canyon Dam.

   For additional rules and restrictions, please refer to the 2010 Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules brochure, which will be available soon. All salmon anglers 14 years old and older must have a 2010 Idaho fishing license and salmon permit.

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