CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
May 2, 2013
salmon season to open Saturday, May 4
By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG
The Idaho Fish and Game
Commission Tuesday, April 30, approved a spring Chinook salmon fishing season to
start Saturday, May 4, on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers.
Fish counts from Bonneville
Dam suggest that the 2013 return of Chinook salmon to
may be significantly lower than forecast but large enough to support fisheries.
Projected returns for the
are farther below forecast levels than returns to the Salmon and Snake rivers.
Fish and Game tailored the
2013 fisheries proposals to meet hatchery broodstock needs, focus fishing
efforts in areas where hatchery fish are most abundant, and still allow fishing
in river reaches that anglers have grown accustomed to fishing in recent years.
The proposal for the
Clearwater River approved by the commission achieves these goals by limiting
fishing to four days per week and reducing the length of river open to fishing
in each of the recently fished sections.
is closed entirely to fishing.
Salmon returns to the Salmon
and Snake rivers do not appear to be as far below forecast levels as those to
Fisheries in the Lower Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers are similar to
fisheries in recent years. These areas will be open seven days a week, and river
sections recently fished will not be shortened - except the Shorts Bar to
Vinegar Creek stretch of the lower
which is closed.
River sections open to fishing
drainage: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only.
- lower main stem: From the Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge upstream to the
Highway 12 (Arrow) Bridge.
- middle main stem: From the posted boundary near the confluence of the
North Fork and
rivers upstream to the Orofino bridge.
- upper main stem: From Orofino Bridge upstream to the Highway 11 Greer Bridge.
From the mouth upstream to Dworshak Dam excluding the perimeter of the Dworshak
National Hatchery at Ahsahka. Fishing from any watercraft is prohibited.
- South Fork
the Highway 13 bridge approximately 0.2 miles downstream of the
Harpster Grade Road
upstream to the Highway 14 bridge at Mount Idaho Grade.
From the mouth of the South Fork Clearwater River upstream to the confluence of
the Lochsa and Selway rivers.
Salmon River drainage:
From the Rice Creek Bridge upstream to a posted boundary at the mouth of Short's
Creek (about 1.4 miles upstream of the mouth of the Little Salmon River).
From the mouth upstream to the US Highway 95 Bridge near
Smokey Boulder Road.
From the Dug Bar boat ramp upstream to Hells Canyon Dam. Fishing hours are
consistent with hours fished in recent years. See the Idaho Fish and Game 2013
Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules pamphlet for daily start and end times.
- On the
and Snake rivers the daily limit is four Chinook, only one may be an adult, and
the possession limit is 12 Chinook, only three may be adults.
- On the
lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers, the daily limit is four, only two may be
adults, and the possession limit is 12 Chinook, only six of which may be adults.
limit statewide: 10 adult Chinook during the 2013 seasons occurring before Sept.
Only Chinook salmon with a
clipped adipose fin, as evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept.
An angler must cease fishing
for Chinook salmon once they have retained their daily, possession, or season
limit of adult Chinook salmon or their overall (fish of any size) daily or
possession limit of Chinook salmon, whichever comes first.
Only adult Chinook salmon must
be recorded on the salmon permit. An adult Chinook is any adipose fin-clipped
Chinook 24 or more inches from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.
Chinook salmon less than 24 inches (jacks) count against the daily limit but
need not be recorded on the salmon permit.
For details see the Fish and
Game website at