AUGUST 5, 2010

August 5, 2010

Spring, summer chinook fishing ends

By Ed Mitchell, IDFG

   Fishing for ocean-run spring and summer Chinook salmon in all Idaho waters, except the Boise River, ended this year on Aug. 4.

   Non-tribal Chinook salmon fishing closed on all the waters of the Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, Lochsa, Snake, Lower Salmon, Little Salmon, and Upper Salmon rivers at the end of legal fishing hours Aug. 4.

   Salmon fishing waters are closed when anglers are close to reaching the non-tribal share of the runs. Spring and summer Chinook salmon also begin to reach spawning condition this time of year. Fish in spawning condition are less desirable to anglers and they migrate into hatchery terminal areas not accessible to fisheries.

   Chinook fishing in the Boise River will continue through Sept. 30. The daily limit is two Chinook, regardless of size, and the possession limit is six Chinook regardless of size. Please see Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules for the Boise River, available at Fish and Game offices, license vendors and online at

   Chinook salmon anglers on the Boise River may use hooks no larger than five-eight inch, with no barbless requirement. Snagging or attempting to snag salmon is unlawful.

   The statewide limit for Chinook salmon is 40 fish for the year.

   In addition, anglers are reminded that fishing for fall Chinook salmon opens in the Snake River beginning Sept.1.

Clearwater Region Fish Stocking Schedule

   On Aug. 2, Fenn Pond, Karolynís Pond and Orofino Creek were stocked with 9 to 11 inch rainbow trout.

Lochsa and Selway Rivers

   Fishing is very good for cutthroat and rainbow trout. Early morning is recommended. For fly fishing anglers can try attractors like Royal Wulffs or Stimulator patterns. Also try PMD's and Caddis patterns. Bead Head nymphs are a good mid-day fly.

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