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Chinook fishing closes Sunday on Clearwater River

SALMON FISHING -- Harvest of adult chinook salmon in the North Fork Clearwater River and mainstem Clearwater River downstream of the Orofino Bridge will close at the end of fishing hours on Sunday. 

Adult chinook salmon are defined as 24 inches or greater in total length.  Anglers can continue to keep 6 hatchery fish less than 24 inches total length until further notice.

Fishery managers for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game estimate anglers harvested approximately 60 percent of the State’s harvest share of salmon returning to the Clearwater River drainage as of June 19. 

By June 27, anglers likely will have harvested 80 percent of the non-tribal harvest share.

Read on for more details.

To ensure opportunity in upstream communities, such as Kamiah, Kooskia and Grangeville, the portion of the State’s harvest share remaining after June 26 will be used to continue existing fisheries. 

Fishery managers will update the fishery status and potential fishery closures in the Clearwater River basin each Tuesday until the season closes.

All salmon fishing in the Clearwater River basin will close once the remainder of the State’s harvestable share of Clearwater River hatchery Chinook salmon is harvested. 

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