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July 12, 2012

Most Idaho Chinook seasons still open

By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG

   Though some Idaho waters have closed to Chinook salmon fishing, many are still open.

   Open until further notice are the:

   Clearwater main stem - Lower: From the Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge at Lewiston upstream to the Cherry Lane Bridge.

   Clearwater main stem - Middle: From the Cherry Lane Bridge upstream to the Orofino Bridge.

   Clearwater main stem - Upper: From the Orofino Bridge upstream to the South Fork Clearwater River.

   North Fork Clearwater: From its mouth upstream to Dworshak Dam (See Special Restrictions on Page 4 of 2012 Seasons and Rules Brochure).

   Middle Fork Clearwater: From its confluence with the South Fork Clearwater upstream to the confluence of the Lochsa and Selway rivers.

   The daily limit in the above waters is four Chinook salmon, only one of which may be an adult; the possession limit is 12 fish, only three of which may be adults.

   Also open until further notice are:

   South Fork Clearwater: From its mouth upstream to the confluence of American and Red rivers.

   Lochsa: From its mouth upstream to the Twin Bridges immediately upstream from the confluence of Crooked Fork and Colt Killed creeks

   Lower Salmon - Park Hole: From the U.S. Highway 95 Time Zone Bridge upstream to the mouth of Short's Creek.

   Little Salmon - Lower: From the mouth upstream to a posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the mouth of Rapid River.

   Little Salmon - Upper: From the posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the mouth of Rapid River upstream to the U.S. Highway 95 Bridge near Smokey Boulder Road.

   South Fork Salmon River - Lower: From the bridge on Forest Service Road 48 (Lick Creek/ East Fork South Fork Road) where it crosses the main stem South Fork Salmon River just upstream of the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, upstream about 18 river miles to the Blackmare Creek pack bridge, accessed from the trailhead at Poverty Flat Campground.

   South Fork Salmon River - Upper: From Blackmare Creek pack bridge, accessed from the trailhead at Poverty Flat Campground upstream about 17 river miles to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap.

   Upper Salmon River - Ellis Area: From the posted boundary about 100 yards upstream of the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River upstream to the Highway 75 Salmon River bridge approximately 250 yards upstream of the mouth of the East Fork Salmon River.

   Upper Salmon River - Stanley: From the Highway 75 Salmon River bridge about 250 yards upstream of the mouth of the East Fork Salmon River upstream to the posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley.

   Snake River - Hells Canyon: From Dug Bar boat ramp upstream to Hells Canyon Dam.

   The daily limit in the above waters is four Chinook salmon, only two of which may be adults, and the possession limit is 12 fish, only six of which may be adults.

   In all the above waters, the statewide season limit is 20 adult salmon during any 2012 salmon seasons occurring before Sept. 1.

   Salmon seasons and limits may change on short notice, please check the salmon hotline at 855-287-2702 or the online salmon seasons and limits page at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.