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TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011, 8:28 A.M.

Chinook fishing to close in Idaho on Wednesday

A spring chinook salmon caught in the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho, in spring 2010. (Exodus Wilderness Adventures)
A spring chinook salmon caught in the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho, in spring 2010. (Exodus Wilderness Adventures)

SALMON FISHING -- Spring and summer chinook salmon seasons across Idaho will close at the end of fishing hours Wednesday.

The closure affects the main stem of the Clearwater River, the Middle Fork Clearwater River, the South Fork Clearwater River, the Lochsa River, the Snake River downstream from Hells Canyon Dam, the Little Salmon River and the upper Salmon River.

“This has been one of the longest Chinook seasons we’ve had in recent years,” said Pete Hassemer, Idaho Fish and Game’s salmon and steelhead manager. “By this time of year, most of the Chinook have passed through the areas open to fishing on their way to hatcheries and spawning grounds, and the success rate is slowing down.”




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