FISHING -- Idaho's spring chinook fishing rules are being developed and anglers are invited to comment. A public meeting is scheduled on Feb. 16 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Clearwater Region Office, 3316 16th St. in Lewiston,
Free pizza and refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., and presentations will begin shortly after. The meeting will continue until angler comments are collected and addressed. In the past, these meetings have lasted about two hours.
Biologists will discuss what was learned from last year's season, what this year's return is projected to look like, and different strategies Fish and Game can use to manage this year’s run.
“Input from anglers is important to help insure the Chinook salmon run is managed in a manner that is most satisfying to all who participate in this amazing fishery,” said Joe DuPont, Clearwater region fisheries manager.
The meeting will cover salmon seasons in the Clearwater, Snake, lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers.
In addition to covering chinook, biologists will also give short presentations on topics such as the diversity of Idaho’s steelhead, how many wild steelhead are returning to Idaho and where are they going.