Tom Steinbrenner, an avid steelhead and salmon fisherman from Missoula, reported the following for the upcoming Idaho chinook salmon season:
CHINOOK SALMON SEASON LOOKS GOOD: If chinook salmon returns for 2014 hold up to an early forecast, anglers could anticipate a fishing season similar to those in 2008 and 2009. In those years, salmon fishing seasons opened in the Clearwater, Snake, lower Salmon, Little Salmon, South Fork Salmon and upper Salmon rivers.
“The forecast suggests a return that’s larger than last year,” said Pete Hassemer, Idaho Fish and Game anadromous fish manager. Northwest fish managers estimate that more than 227,000 spring chinook salmon bound for waters upstream of Bonneville Dam will enter the Columbia River this year.
Last year, the actual return was about 123,000. About 83,000 hatchery fish and 42,000 wild fish are predicted to be headed for the Snake River this year.