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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.
FISHING — Through today, anglers have caught 267 marked adults and 161 jacks fall Chinook and caught and released 1,142 unmarked fish in the lower Clearwater River, accordnig to an Idaho Fish and Game Departmetnt creel report.
They caught and kept 861 adults and 671 jacks in the Snake River, for a total of 1,532 fish. Hatchery-origin fish are marked with a clipped adipose fin.
This year, almost 54,812 adult fall hatchery-origin Chinook and about 21,366 jacks crossed Lower Granite Dam, many of them returned to the Snake River above Lewiston.
FISHING — Idaho's fall chinook salmon fishing seasons will open Sept. 1 on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers according to these rules adopted today by the state Fish and Game Commission:
The daily bag limit is six adult Chinook salmon, the possession limit is 18 adult Chinook and there is no 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 a salmon permit to fish for salmon.
FISHING — Steelhead have been working their way into tributaries as they near their spawning areas after a long migration that started last year. Many anglers love this time of year, when the fish are more accessible in the smaller streams.
Recent angler surveys show catch rates to be 11 hours per fish caught on the Salmon River upstream of the East Fork, 17 hours per fish caught on the Little Salmon River, and 8 hours per fish caught on the South Fork Clearwater River, the Idaho Fish and Game Department says.
Steelhead fishing is considered very good anytime catch rates are lower than 20 hours per fish caught.
The spring harvest season closes March 31 on the Salmon River from the Lake Creek Bridge to Long Tom Creek – three-quarters of a mile upstream from the Middle Fork Salmon River.
But anglers can continue fishing through April 30 in most other steelhead waters, except the Little Salmon River, which stays open until May 15.
Other open waters include:
Snake Riverfrom the Washington state line at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers upstream to Hells Canyon Dam.
Clearwater RiverMainstem and Middle Fork from its mouth upstream to Clear Creek.
North Fork Clearwater Riverfrom its mouth upstream to Dworshak Dam.
South Fork Clearwater Riverfrom its mouth upstream to the confluence of American and Red Rivers.
Salmon Riverfrom its mouth upstream to the posted boundary 100 yards downstream of the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery weir near Stanley. Except the reach from the Lake Creek Bridge to Long Tom Creek, which closes March 31.
Spring steelhead limits are three fish per day and nine in possession with no more than 20 fish for the season. Once limits are reached, the angler must stop fishing, even catch and release.
Steelhead anglers may use only barbless hooks, and may keep only hatchery steelhead marked with a clipped adipose fin, as evidenced by a healed scar. All other steelhead must be released immediately.
Consult Idaho's 2013-2015 fishing rules book for special restrictions and limits.
Idaho has required a valid 2013 fishing license and steelhead permit since Jan. 1 in order to fish for steelhead.
FISHING — The steelhead forecast for the Columbia and Snake rivers — just released by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife — calls for a sizeable increase in the number of fish that provided great fishing last summer in the upper Columbia River.
Joe Hymer, the WDFW salmon-steelhead monitor in Vancouver, release a fact sheet noting that 339,000 upriver summer steelhead are predicted to return to the Columbia River this year, about 110,000 more than returned in 2012.
The forecast calls for:
See the attached document for the latest forecast for spring chinook (not looking so good), summer chinook (looking better than last year) sockeye (less than half of last year's bumper crop but still decent) and steelhead.
FISHING — Idaho anglers have a list of new fishing rules that take effect Jan. 1.
In the Panhandle Region, Lake Pend Oreille is in the spotlight for several notable changes:
Cutthroat trout will get more protection in a new rule that requires anglers in the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe river drainages to release any trout with red/orange slashes under the jaw. The new rule is to address the difficulty anglers were having properly distinguishing protected cutthroat trout with “cuttbow” hybrids.
Priest Lake's kokanee limit is being reduced from 15 to 6.
A complete listing of Idaho's new fishing rules is available on the IDFG website or in the new fishing rules pamplet available where fishing licenses are sold.
FISHING — Get your hooks sharpened in the Lewiston-Clarkston area for th big spike of steelhead that's moved over Lower Granite Dam in the past two days — nearly 3,000 on Wednesday alone.
FISHING — With steelhead counts on the downward trend at Bonneville Dam, the first dam they reach from the ocean on their upstream migrations, they haven't even started to rise out of double digits over Lower Granite Dam, the last dam they cross before hitting the Grande Ronde River and Idaho.
Could this be a year for another big late August-early September spike over Lower Granite?
FISHING — Idaho's spring steelhead fishing season closes today in most waters.
The Little Salmon, from its mouth upstream to the U.S. 95 Bridge at Smokey Boulder Road, remains open until May 15.
Meanwhile, the spring chinook fishing season opened April 22, but only about two dozen adults have been counted so far over Lower Granite Dam.