Idaho Fish and Game has closed the Chinook salmon fishing season on the Lower Salmon River effective June 17, and the Little Salmon River effective at the end of fishing hours on June 20.

Fish and Game previously closed the Chinook salmon fishing season on the section of the Lower Salmon River from Rice Creek Bridge upstream to the Hammer Creek boat ramp on June 10.

The closure on the Lower Salmon is intended to protect Chinook salmon brood stock returning to hatcheries in the South Fork Salmon and Upper Salmon Rivers, and the harvest objective in the Little Salmon River is expected to be met by the end of fishing hours on Saturday, June 20.

For a more detailed information about spring Chinook salmon fishing and the closures, check out this update from Clearwater Region Fisheries Manager Joe DuPont.

Starting June 26, there will be additional Chinook salmon fishing opportunity on the Upper Salmon River, as the Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently approved a summer Chinook fishing season.

For more information about Chinook fishing and full seasons and rules go to the Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules webpage.

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