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Salmon limits to drop on Clearwater River

Anglers pose with their spring chinook salmon at The Guide Shop in Orofino, Idaho, after returning from a Clearwater River fishing trip. (Rich Landers)
Anglers pose with their spring chinook salmon at The Guide Shop in Orofino, Idaho, after returning from a Clearwater River fishing trip. (Rich Landers)

SALMON FISHING — Effective Saturday, June 2, the bag limits on adult chinook salmon will be reduced for parts of the Clearwater drainage.

The new bag limits will be four salmon per day, but only one may be an adult, and 12 in possession, but only three may be adults. Adults are 24 or more inches in length.

Anglers have caugh about 30 percent of their quota for the Clearwater, and anglers and fish managers want to slow the rate so fishing can continue into July.

All other rules and seasons remain unchanged.

Read on for details.

The new limits affect the Clearwater River main stem from the Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge upstream to the South Fork Clearwater, and the Middle Fork Clearwater River from the confluence with the South Fork River upstream to the confluence of the Lochsa and Selway rivers.

To date, about 30 percent of the harvest share for the Clearwater River has been taken. Anglers in the region have expressed a desire to have fisheries open until early July if possible and have consistently voiced support for management actions that might help extend seasons to meet that goal.

Lower flows and good water clarity in the Clearwater have contributed to rapidly increasing harvest rates and increasing likelihood that the fishery harvest share will be attained before July unless management action, such as reduced limits, is taken.




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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