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Time running out on Idaho fall chinook fishing

The fleet is out, congregating at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers at Lewiston, casting its luck and a lure to catch a salmon or a steelhead. (Barry Kough / Lewiston Tribune)
The fleet is out, congregating at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers at Lewiston, casting its luck and a lure to catch a salmon or a steelhead. (Barry Kough / Lewiston Tribune)

FISHING -- Chinook salmon fishing will end in Idaho on the Snake and Clearwater rivers Thursday, Oct. 31 – except a short reach on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam, which closes November 17.

The season opened Sept. 1, on the Snake River between Lewiston and Hells Canyon Dam, in the lower Clearwater River downstream of the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge in Lewiston, and in the Salmon River from its mouth upstream to Eye of the Needle Rapids.

The Snake River, from Cliff Mountain Rapids to Hells Canyon Dam, remains open until further notice or November 17.

The daily bag limit is six adult Chinook salmon, the possession limit is 18 adult Chinook and there is no fall season limit on adult Chinook. Only adipose-fin-clipped salmon may be kept.

Only adult Chinook must be recorded on the angler's salmon permit. There are no limits on jacks, but anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license and salmon permit to fish for salmon.

This year, a record of around 55,000 adult fall hatchery-origin Chinook and about 21,500 jacks have crossed Lower Granite Dam, many of them returning to the Snake River above Lewiston. 




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