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June 12, 2014

Adult Chinook harvest ends Thursday on South Fork Clearwater River

   At the end of fishing hours on Thursday, June 12, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game have implemented a closure to the harvest of adult Chinook salmon (24 inches or longer) on the Clearwater River between the Orofino Bridge and the South Fork Clearwater River.

   This closure was enacted June 7 for another part of the river: fro Cherrylane Bridge upstream to Orofino Bridge, and on the North Fork Clearwater River.

   This closure is being implemented because the harvest quota for adult Chinook Salmon has been met in these river sections. Harvest quotas in different reaches within the Clearwater drainage were developed using input from the public to help ensure all communities in the watershed have opportunities to harvest salmon. 

   As of June 12, only the harvest of adipose clipped Jacks (salmon less than 24 inches) will be allowed in the Clearwater River. Anglers may keep up to four adipose clipped jacks per day. Any salmon 24 inches or longer must be immediately released in these river sections.