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.

Clearwater Region

   For information, call 208-799-5010. All events from 9 a.m. to noon.

   Elk City - Karolyn's Pond.

   Grangeville - Wilkin's Pond.

   Headquarters - Pierce/Weippe - Deer Creek Reservoir.

   Kooskia - Fenn Pond, 5 miles from Lowell on Forest Service Road 223.   

   Lewiston - Mann Lake.

   Moscow/Troy - Spring Valley Reservoir.

   Riggins - Box Canyon Pond (Long Gulch Pond).

Chinook fishing to close on parts of the Clearwater

By Ed Mitchell, IDFG

   Idaho Fish and Game will close Chinook salmon fishing on the main Clearwater River, the North Fork and Middle Fork Clearwater.

   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 Orofino Bridge.

   To provide continuing salmon fishing opportunities in the South Fork Clearwater and Lochsa rivers, Fish and Game will closed the main stem of the Clearwater from its mouth to the Orofino Bridge and the North Fork Clearwater at the end of fishing Sunday, June 6.

   In addition, Fish and Game will close the main Clearwater upstream of the Orofino Bridge to the South Fork, and the Middle Fork Clearwater at the end of fishing on Sunday, June 13.

   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 Salmon River from the posted boundary at the mouth of Shorts Creek upstream to the uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek.

   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 Snake River fishery below Hells Canyon Dam. Some of the fish trapped at the Hells Canyon facility were taken to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for release into an out-of-basin recreational fishery in the Powder River.

   About 900 fish, or about half of the non-tribal fishery share of Chinook salmon returns to Hells Canyon, are still available for harvest.

   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/.

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