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May 23, 2013

Commission expands Chinook season

By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG

   The Idaho Fish and Game Commission, Thursday, May 16, expanded Chinook salmon fishing to include additional reaches of the Clearwater main stem and South Fork Clearwater rivers.

   The Clearwater River main stem is open from the Camas Prairie railroad bridge at Lewiston upstream to the Cherry Lane Bridge and from the Lenore Bridge upstream to the Highway 11 Greer Bridge. The South Fork Clearwater River is open from its mouth upstream to the confluence of the American and Red rivers.

   Fish and Game asked commissioners to delay a decision on Chinook fisheries in the upper Salmon and South Fork Salmon rivers to early June when fish managers will have a better idea of how many fish are heading for those waters.

   River sections now open to fishing are:

   Clearwater River drainage: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only.

   Clearwater River: From the Camas Prairie railroad bridge at Lewiston upstream to the Cherry Lane Bridge and from the Lenore Bridge upstream to the Highway 11 Greer Bridge.

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

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

   Lochsa River is closed entirely to fishing.