August 4, 2011

Fish and Game Commission adopts fall Chinook season

By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG

   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday, July 28, adopted fall Chinook salmon seasons in the Snake River from the Washington-Idaho border upstream to Hells Canyon Dam and in the Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to the Memorial Bridge.

   The season opens Sept. 1 and runs until Oct. 31 or further notice on:

The Snake River is divided into four management sections:

   From the Washington-Idaho border upstream to the Bridge Street Bridge - the Blue Bridge.

   From Bridge Street upstream to the Oregon-Washington border.

   From the Oregon-Washington border upstream to the mouth of Sheep Creek

   From the Mouth of Sheep Creek up stream to Hells Canyon Dam.

The Clearwater River:

   From its mouth upstream to the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge.

   The daily limit is six adult fall Chinook, with a clipped adipose fin evidenced by a healed scar, and 18 adults in possession. An adult is 24 or more inches in total length. There is no limit on the total number of adult fall Chinook an angler may keep during the fall season.

   The season is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

   There are no daily, possession or season limits on fall Chinook jacks, with a clipped adipose fin evidenced by a healed scar and less than 24 inches in total length. Anglers must have a valid permit to fish for jacks, but they are not required to record the jacks on their permits.

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