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Idaho sets fall chinook fishing seasons

SALMON FISHING -- Although Idaho steelheaders are likely to feel the pull of a few chinook salmon this month, the season won't open open until Sept. 1 on the Snake River from the Washington-Idaho border upstream to Hells Canyon Dam and in the Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to the Memorial Bridge.

Read on for the fall chinook season details set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission last week.

The season opens September 1and runs until October 31 or further notice on:

  • The Snake River is divided into four management sections:
  • From the Washington-Idaho border upstream to the Bridge Street Bridge – the Blue Bridge.
  • From Bridge Street upstream to the Oregon-Washington border.
  • From the Oregon-Washington border upstream to the mouth of Sheep Creek
  • From the Mouth of Sheep Creek up stream to Hells Canyon Dam.
  • The Clearwater River:
  • From its mouth upstream to the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge.

Salmon anglers may keep six adult fall Chinook, with a clipped adipose fin daily. There is no limit on the total number of adult fall Chinook an angler may keep during the fall season. An adult is 24 or more inches in total length.

The season is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are no daily, possession or season limits on fall Chinook jacks. Anglers must have a valid permit to fish for salmon, but they are not required to record the jacks on their permits.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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