CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
October 7, 2010
By Ed Mitchell, IDFG
Anglers still have plenty of
good fall fishing opportunities in
The fall Chinook harvest
season continues in the
The daily limit is two fall Chinook, only one of which may be an adult and the possession limit is six of which three may be adults. Jacks, which are fish less than 24 inches in total length, are part of the daily and possession limits but anglers are not required to record them on their permits.
They may keep 40 adult Chinook salmon for the calendar year, including spring, summer and fall seasons. Anglers may keep only fish with a clipped adipose fin, evidenced by a healed scar. All salmon with an intact adipose fin must be released.
Salmon anglers may use only barbless hooks no larger than five-eighths inch from the point to the shank. When the daily, possession or season limit is reached, the angler must stop fishing for salmon, including catch-and-release.
It is unlawful to take or fish for salmon by snagging. Salmon caught in a legal manner must be either released or killed immediately after landing.
Anglers must have a valid
To increase flexibility, the fall Chinook fishery has been divided into several management areas.
The Clearwater is open from its mouth, a line from a posted sign on the north bank, south to the western-most point on the south bank, upstream about 1.7 miles to the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge.
The Snake is open in four sections:
· From the Washington-Idaho border - a line from a posted sign on the west side of Confluence Island due south to the point off the Green Belt Boat Ramp - upstream to the U.S. Highway 12 bridge, known as the Blue Bridge, between Lewiston and Clarkston.
· From the Oregon-Washington border to the mouth of Sheep Creek.
· From the mouth of Sheep Creek to Hells Canyon Dam.
A map showing the boundaries is available in the 2010 Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure. The statewide annual limit is 40 adult Chinook salmon.
When the limit of adults is caught and kept, the angler must stop fishing for salmon - including catch-and-release. Only Chinook with a clipped adipose fin, evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept.
For additional rules and restrictions, please refer to the 2010 Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules, available at Fish and Game offices and license vendors or online at: http://fish andgame.idaho.gov/cms/fish/ rules/chinook_seasons/.
All salmon anglers 14 years
old and older must have a 2010
For an interactive map of open Chinook salmon seasons, visit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website above and click Salmon_SeasonInfo_2010 .html.
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