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Clearwater Chinook Running Hot

The most recent South Fork Clearwater River harvest report estimated the chinook salmon catch rate at less than eight hours per keeper while anglers on the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers totaled more than 800 keepers May 11-17.



As of Tuesday morning, the water temperature at Stites was 54 degrees. Meanwhile, a North Fork Clearwater River stream gauge is recording water temperatures “more typical of mid-late June,” according to University of Idaho associate 
professor John Abatzoglou. 



The main stem Clearwater River chinook season closed downstream of Orofino Bridge last Friday, May 22. Chinook fishing throughout the Free Press coverage area remains open until further notice.



Chinook seasons will open on June 13 on the Upper Salmon and June 19 on the South Fork Salmon.


The most recent South Fork Clearwater River harvest report estimated the chinook salmon catch rate at less than eight hours per keeper while anglers on the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers totaled more than 800 keepers May 11-17. As of Tuesday morning, the water temperature at Stites was 54 degrees. Meanwhile, a North Fork Clearwater River stream gauge is recording water temperatures “more typical of mid-late June,” according to University of Idaho associate professor John Abatzoglou. The main stem Clearwater River chinook season closed downstream of Orofino Bridge last Friday, May 22. Chinook fishing throughout the Free Press coverage area remains open until further notice. Chinook seasons will open on June 13 on the Upper Salmon and June 19 on the South Fork Salmon.



The most recent South Fork Clearwater River harvest report estimated the chinook salmon catch rate at less than eight hours per keeper while anglers on the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers totaled more than 800 keepers May 11-17.

As of Tuesday morning, the water temperature at Stites was 54 degrees. Meanwhile, a North Fork Clearwater River stream gauge is recording water temperatures “more typical of mid-late June,” according to University of Idaho associate

professor John Abatzoglou.

The main stem Clearwater River chinook season closed downstream of Orofino Bridge last Friday, May 22. Chinook fishing throughout the Free Press coverage area remains open until further notice.

Chinook seasons will open on June 13 on the Upper Salmon and June 19 on the South Fork Salmon.



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