IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Idaho fishery managers expect more than 28,000 fall chinook to cross Lower Granite Dam in neighboring eastern Washington on their return from the Pacific Ocean, which would make it the largest fall chinook salmon run back to Idaho in four decades.
The news comes as fall chinook fishing on the Snake River is slated to begin Sept. 1, the same day the steelhead harvest season here opens.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission, meeting in Idaho Falls, approved the chinook season between Lewiston and Hells Canyon Dam on Monday.
All wild salmon and steelhead — those with an intact adipose fin — must be immediately released unharmed back to the water.
The season will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until Oct. 31 or until further notice.
No fall chinook may be harvested in the Clearwater River.
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