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Thu., July 14, 2011, 11:34 a.m.

Salmon River anglers bagging spring chinook

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

SALMON FISHING -- This year's huge and prolonged runoff down the Snake River system has dealt Salmon River fishing guides a tough hand  -- until this week.

"Salmon Fishing is on!" reports Amy Sinclair of Exodus Wilderness Adventures in Riggins. "We are done singing the High Water Blues. Salmon River flows have receded to the 30,000 cfs mark and now is the time to book a trip."  Email: riverescape@frontier.com

This week's Idaho Department of Fish and Game's regional fishing report concurs:

“Without a doubt the highest catch and harvest rates are around Riggins averaging 4-5 hours per fish kept," the report says. "Last week (July 4-10) an estimated 2042 adults were harvested in the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers combined. This leaves around 4,000 Rapid River adults to harvest so go put some notches on your permit.”

See the IFG fish planner salmon map for season details.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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