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32,800 fall run chinook forecast; season to open Sept. 1

Fall chinook season is set to open next month, with Sept. 1 to mark the first day of the season on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers.

Forecast are 32,800 hatchery and natural fish returning to the Snake River basin.

The Snake River will open for fall chinook fishing from the Washington-Idaho border upstream to Hells Canyon Dam.

Fishing on the Snake will be open until Oct. 31 or closed sooner depending on the actual number of returning chinook and the amount of harvest. The stretch from Hells Canyon Dam to Cliff Mountain Rapids is slated to stay open until Nov. 17.

The Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to Memorial Bridge in Lewiston, and the Salmon River, from its mouth upstream to Eye of the Needle Rapids, will be open until Oct. 31.

A valid fishing license and salmon permit are required to fish for fall chinook. Only adipose-clipped salmon may be kept. The daily bag limit is six adult fall chinook salmon and the possession limit is 18.

There is no season limit on adult fall chinook.

Only adult fall chinook (fish 24 inches and longer) must be recorded on the angler’s salmon permit. There is no daily possession or season limit on fall chinook jacks (those less than 24 inches).

Fall chinook pamphlets will be available soon.


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