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Snake spring chinook season opens today, but still pending in Idaho

spring chinook salmon chart. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)
spring chinook salmon chart. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

FISHING -- As Washington is opening limited spring chinook salmon fishing seasons on specified stretches of the Snake River this weekend (see details here), Idaho has set April 30 as the day fish managers will meet to decide on seasons.

Here's today's update from Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager in Lewiston:

The Idaho Fish and Wildlife Commission will be meeting on April 30 to set our spring Chinook salmon seasons. 

Since Monday, the number of Chinook salmon passing over Bonneville Dam has certainly picked up and not surprisingly so have the number of PIT-tagged fish destined for Idaho.   

If you look at the table above, notice that the total number of Chinook salmon that we project to pass over Bonneville Dam in almost all cases is higher than what I showed you on Monday.  There is still a big gap between what we project the harvest share will be with an average versus late run timing, so we aren’t out of the woods yet.  However, it is looking more promising.

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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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