APRIL 1, 2010

April 1, 2010

Spring Chinook run a little behind schedule

   Chinook Spring Season opens April 24 for Idaho anglers on the Clearwater, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers and on the Snake River in the upper portion of Hells Canyon.

   Less than a month away, the spring run is still running a little later than usual. As of March 28, only 300 Chinook had been counted climbing the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam.

   This year, fisheries managers predicted 470,000 spring Chinook en route to tributaries above Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, suggesting that just over 200,000 will continue beyond the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River.

   Biologists predicted last year a run of 129,000 spring chinook of which only about a half of that number showed up. Because of predictions not meeting up to expectations, Idaho Fish and Game is playing it conservative this year with their bag limits. Anglers on the Clearwater River will be able to keep three chinook per day, but only one of those caught may be an adult defined as 24 inches or longer.

   The Little Salmon River will be open from Rice Creek Bridge, near Pine Bar, south of Cottonwood to the mouth of the Salmon. The Salmon River, between Shorts Bar and Vinegar Creek, upstream of Riggins, will be opened on June 19, and the Lochsa River on May 29.

   For more detailed information on fishing regulations and availability, visit the Idaho Fish and Game website at:

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