Idaho anglers will be able to start fishing for Chinook salmon
on Saturday, April 23.
But this year’s return of Chinook salmon appears to be late, and
anglers shouldn’t expect many fish to be in Idaho waters when the
Chinook fishing seasons will open in the Clearwater River, Snake
River, Little Salmon and part of the lower Salmon rivers. As of
April 17, however, only 11 adult Chinook had been counted crossing
Lower Granite Dam, the last dam fish pass as they migrate up the
Closing dates will be announced by Fish and Game.
In the Clearwater River drainage the daily limit is three
Chinook; only one may be an adult (24 or more inches long). The
possession limit is 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 is four
Chinook; only two may be adults.
The possession limit is 12; only six may be adults.
The statewide annual limit is 20 adult Chinook in the 2011
seasons closing before September 1.
Daylight fishing hours will be published in the season brochure
available at fishing license vendors and Fish and Game offices.
Waters that open April 23 are:
Clearwater River, mainstem:
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
All these waters will remain open until further notice. All
salmon anglers 14 years old and older must have a 2011 Idaho
fishing license and salmon permit.
Additional information is available on the Fish and Game website