CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
March 17, 2011
By Ed Mitchell, IDFG
Idaho Fish and Game plans to propose spring seasons on Chinook salmon fishing to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in late March.
This year is not expected to
be as good as last year, but the 2011 Chinook salmon return is on track to be
the sixth best year since 1980. The fish are still out in the
Northwest fish managers
estimate that about 198,000 Chinook bound for waters upstream of Bonneville Dam
will enter the
Of those, 66,400 hatchery fish
and 24,700 wild fish are predicted to head up the
Based on those preseason
As fish pass federal dams on
their way up the
Fish managers estimate that
about 7,300 would return to hatcheries in the
That means an estimated 2,000 Chinook would be available for nontribal recreational anglers in the Clearwater; 4,200 in the lower Salmon and Little Salmon; and about 800 in the Snake River below the Hells Canyon dams.
In years past, Chinook seasons have opened in late April.
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