After Idaho Fish and Game approved a season structure, the state’s spring chinook season will start on April 28th, according to a recent article on the Missoulian website by Eric Barker with the Lewiston Tribune:
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a season structure at its meeting in Boise last Thursday. It includes seasons on the Clearwater River and its North, South and Middle forks. Those rivers will be open to spring chinook fishing Thursdays through Sundays, with a bag limit of four hatchery chinook and a maximum of one adult fish, or those that are at least 24 inches in length.
According to the article, fisheries managers recommend a bag limit of one adult salmon and four days of fishing per week.
The lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers and the Snake River in the upper end of Hells Canyon will be open seven days a week and have a bag limit of four chinook, with a maximum of two adults. Fisheries managers are expecting chinook returning to the Rapid River Hatchery near Riggins to provide a harvest share of about 2,500 to 4,200 adult chinook.
On the Snake River in Hells Canyon, fisheries managers expect a harvest share of 400 to 700 adult chinook.
Adult chinook returning to the state over and above spawning quotas at hatcheries, known as a harvest share, are split evenly between sport anglers and members of the Nez Perce Tribe.
For the state of Washington, “prospects for a significant season on the Snake River look dicey as ever.”
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(feature photo via salmonriverfish.com)