Even the uniformed sensed something was going on last weekend as they drove Highway 12 from Lewiston to Orofino along the Clearwater River.
Boat trailers were at every launch area and anglers were scattered for miles plying the waters for this year’s huge run of spring chinook salmon.
Anglers with broad grins were returning to The Guide Shop in Orofino with big fish stories, and plenty of salmon. Many of the anglers said they had to release one or more wild fish before they landed their keeper fin-clipped chinooks.
Paying $250 for a guide can be a good investment, especially as the river flows are dropping and the fish-holding areas on the river are changing daily.
“Any day is a great day to be fishing,” said Evelyn Kaide, who oversees the shops drift boat and jet boat trips. “But it’s even better when you’re catching fish.”
The run should peak in the Orofino area through the first couple of weeks of June as the fish move upstream.
Fishing also is good on the Salmon River near Riggins, said Peter Grubb of ROW Adventures.