Idaho anglers will be able to start fishing for Chinook salmon
on Saturday, April 23.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Tuesday, March 29, adopted
spring Chinook seasons as proposed by Fish and Game managers.
Chinook will open in the Clearwater River, Snake River, Little
Salmon and part of the lower Salmon River – except in the lower
Salmon River from Short’s Creek upstream to Vinegar Creek, where
the season will open June 18.
Closing dates will be announced by Fish and Game.
The season is based on forecasts that about 20,500 fish would
return to Idaho hatcheries in the Clearwater, lower Salmon and
lower Snake drainages. Hatchery-specific forecasts estimate 2,000
Chinook would be available for nontribal recreational anglers in
the Clearwater; 4,200 in the lower Salmon and Little Salmon; and
about 800 in the Snake River below the Hells Canyon dams.
In the Clearwater River drainage the daily limit would be three
Chinook; only one may be an adult (24 or more inches long). The
possession limit would be nine; only three may be adults.
In the Snake River from Dug Bar to Hells Canyon Dam, the lower
Salmon and the Little Salmon rivers, the daily limit would be four
Chinook; only two may be adults. The possession limit would be 12;
only six may be adults.
The statewide annual limit would be 20 adult Chinook in the 2011
seasons closing before September 1.
Daylight fishing hours will be published in the season
Waters that open April 23 are:
Clearwater River, main stem:
Lower – from the Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge at Lewiston
upstream to the Cherrylane Bridge.
Middle – from the Cherrylane Bridge upstream to the Orofino
Bridge, excluding the perimeter of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery
at Ahsahka, and excluding the ladder to the Nez Perce Tribal
Hatchery as marked by posted boundaries about 100 yards upstream
and downstream of the ladder and extending into the river about 50
Upper – from the Orofino Bridge upstream to the South Fork
North Fork Clearwater: From the mouth to the Dworshak Dam,
excluding the perimeter of the Dworshak National Hatchery at
South Fork Clearwater: From its mouth to the confluence of the
American and Red rivers.
Middle Fork Clearwater: From the South Fork upstream to the
confluence of the Lochsa and Selway rivers.
Lochsa River: From its mouth to the Twin Bridges immediately
upstream from the confluence of Crooked Fork and Colt Killed
Lower Salmon River:
Pine Bar – From the Rice Creek Bridge upstream to the posted
boundary about 200 yards downstream of the Hammer Creek boat
Hammer Creek – From a posted boundary about 200 yards downstream
from the Hammer Creek boat ramp upstream to the U.S. Highway 95
Time Zone Bridge.
Park Hole – From the Time Zone Bridge upstream to a posted
boundary at the mouth of Short’s Creek, about 1.4 miles upstream of
the mouth of the Little Salmon River.
Lower – From the mouth to a posted boundary about 200 yards
upstream of the mouth of the Rapid River.
Upper – from the posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the
Rapid River upstream to the U.S. Highway 95 Bridge near Smokey
Snake River: From the Dug Bar boat ramp upstream to Hells Canyon
Opening June 18:
Vinegar Creek – From posted boundary at the mouth of Shorts’
Creek upstream to the uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek.
All these waters would remain open until further notice. All
salmon anglers 14 years old and older must have a 2011 Idaho
fishing license and salmon permit.
Seasons for Chinook fishing in the South Fork Salmon and the
upper Salmon rivers will be proposed to the commission at the
scheduled May meeting.