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IDFG approves fall Chinook fishing opener

FILE - In this June 27, 2012, file photo, a Chinook salmon, second from the bottom, swims in the Columbia River with sockeye salmon at the Bonneville Dam fish-counting window near North Bonneville, Wash. With dismal numbers of fall Chinook returning to Bonneville Dam the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will close salmon fishing on much of the Columbia River. (Rick Bowmer / AP)
From staff reports

Fall chinook fishing on the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers will open Aug. 18 and Idaho Fish and Game fisheries managers expect 18,126 adult fish to return to Idaho, compared with 24,780 last year, according to an Idaho Department of Fish and Game news release.

Of the fish returning, managers are forecasting 12,013 hatchery chinook and 6,113 natural origin.

The following areas open to fishing for fall chinook:

Snake River – from the Washington/Idaho border upstream to Hells Canyon Dam.

Clearwater River – from its mouth upstream to Memorial Bridge

Salmon River – from its mouth upstream approximately three-fourths of a mile to Eye of the Needle Rapids