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JUNE 10, 2010
June 10, 2010
The one day each year that a fishing license is not required for anyone is Free Fishing Day - on Saturday, June 12.
To go fishing on any other day, anglers will need to buy a fishing license. Free Fishing Day includes Chinook salmon. All other fishing regulations still apply. Be sure to check the regulations for the area you intend to fish.
"Free fishing day provides a great opportunity for novices to give fishing a try and perhaps develop it into a life-long pursuit," said Jeff Dillon, Southwest Region fishery manager for Idaho Fish and Game. "Parents are encouraged to bring their children out for a day of fun fishing excitement."
Never been fishing before? No problem. Fishing events, sponsored by Idaho Fish and Game regional offices, are planned all around the state. Fishing rods are usually provided, as well as some basic instruction on how to fish.
Fish and Game personnel and volunteers will be on hand to help first time anglers discover the joys of fishing at the following free events.
For information, call
· Grangeville - Wilkin's Pond.
· Headquarters - Pierce/Weippe - Deer Creek Reservoir.
Kooskia - Fenn Pond, 5 miles from
Idaho Fish and Game will close
Chinook salmon fishing on the main
Fishery managers estimate that
through the end of May, recreational anglers had caught about 2,900 adult
Chinook, (adult Chinook - 24 inches or more in total length) more than half of
the state's harvest share of adult Chinook returning to the Clearwater River
drainage. They expect anglers will have caught about 80 percent by Sunday, June
6. Most of the fish were caught downstream of the
To provide continuing salmon
fishing opportunities in the South Fork Clearwater and Lochsa rivers, Fish and
Game will closed the main stem of the
In addition, Fish and Game
will close the main
The South Fork Clearwater River will remain open upstream to the confluence of American and Red rivers, and the Lochsa is open upstream to the Twin Bridges above the confluence of Crooked Fork and Colt Killed creeks.
Elsewhere, Chinook fishing remains open until further notice on the lower Salmon River from the Rice Creek Bridge to a posted boundary at the mouth of Shorts Creek, about 1.4 miles upstream of the mouth of the Little Salmon River; on the Little Salmon upstream to the U.S. Highway 95 Bridge near Smokey Boulder Road; on the Snake River from the Dug Bar boat ramp upstream to Hells Canyon Dam.
Chinook fishing also will open
June 19 on the lower
Managers estimate that through the end of May, anglers in the Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers had caught about 4,900 adult Chinook, which is about 45 percent of the state's recreational harvest share of fish returning to Rapid River Hatchery and the Little Salmon River.
Anglers also had harvested
about 650 adult Chinook salmon in the
About 900 fish, or about half
of the non-tribal fishery share of Chinook salmon returns to
On Free Fishing Day, Saturday June 12, salmon anglers don't need a fishing license or a permit. Anglers who already have a salmon permit are not required to validate Chinook salmon harvested, but all other salmon fishing rules and limits apply during Free Fishing Day.
Only salmon marked with a clipped adipose fin - evidenced by a healed scar - may be kept.
Salmon seasons, and daily bag and possession limits listed in the 2010 Chinook Salmon fishing rules brochure are subject to change; updates are available at Fish and Game offices, license vendors and online at: http://fishandgame.idaho. gov/cms/fish/rules/chinook_seasons/.
Riverside Sport Shop/Sinclair
11320 U.S. Highway 12, Orofino--208-476-5418
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