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Chinook harvest below Vinegar Creek to close

— At the end of fishing hours on Thursday, June 19, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will implement closures to the harvest of both adult and jack chinook salmon in the Lower Salmon River from the Rice Creek Bridge Upstream to the U.S. Highway 95 Time Zone Bridge and from the mouth of Short’s Creek upstream to the uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek.

The balance of the Lower Salmon River from the U.S. Highway 95 Time Zone Bridge to the mouth of Short’s Creek will close to the harvest of both adult and jack chinook salmon at the end of fishing hours on Sunday, June 22.

These closures are being implemented to reduce interceptions of hatchery and natural origin fish destined for terminal areas in the Salmon River drainage upstream of the Little Salmon River, while still providing access to harvestable hatchery fish destined to the Little Salmon and Rapid rivers.

IDFG’s June 2-8 harvest report for the Salmon River drainage counted nearly 1,200 adults kept on the mainstem from Rice Creek Bridge to Short’s Creek and the Little Salmon River from its mouth to Rapid River.

Anglers were keeping one fish per 14.2 hours spent fishing, and turned loose more than 400 unclipped salmon.

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