As of April 13, more than 4,600 spring chinook salmon had been moving upstream at Bonneville Dam. Early season forecasts suggest a return strong enough to allow for harvest of around 4,800 hatchery fish in the Clearwater Basin, 5,900 on the lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers, and 700 in Hells Canyon.
Seasons open April 26 on the main Clearwater forks, the Lochsa, the lower Salmon and Little Salmon, and part of the Snake River from Dug Bar to Hells Canyon Dam.
Details are in print at license vendors and at IDFG offices and online: fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.
Little Salmon access leased; long-term deal in the works
RIGGINS — An agreement forged by Idaho Department of Fish and Game staff and the local landowner is set to maintain access to popular fishing holes.
All property on both sides of the Little Salmon from its confluence with Rapid River downstream to milepost 193 is private; an 18-month west bank lease announced April 14 provides: Only fishing allowed, and only 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; no camping or campfires; no garbage service (anglers pack out all trash); limited wading (trespass signs posted); no east bank access; no watercraft launch; no shooting; no commercial use.
IDFG and the Idaho County Sheriff’s office will be patrolling the area.
IDFG urges anglers to police themselves as it works “to develop a far-reaching agreement.”