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Local chinook salmon fishing continues, for now

Late-breaking news: Lower Salmon, Snake rivers to close Thursday

In his weekly fishing update, Clearwater Region fish manager Joe DuPont noted the end of the chinook salmon fishing season is nigh on two local rivers: the Lower Salmon and the Snake. The Little Salmon River will remain open until Monday, at least, as will the Clearwater River upstream of Orofino Bridge, Middle Fork Clearwater River, South Fork Clearwater River and Lochsa River. More http://www.idahoc...">here.

Last week, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game closed chinook salmon fishing on the lower Clearwater River from the Cherrylane Bridge upstream to the Orofino Bridge as well as the North Fork Clearwater River. Due to this year’s low jack return, there is no “Jack Only” harvest season this spring.

These closures followed anticipation that harvest would hit quota for adult chinook salmon in these river sections by the end of May. Harvest quotas in different reaches within the Clearwater drainage were developed using input from the public to help ensure all communities in the watershed have opportunities to harvest salmon.

Chinook salmon seasons continue — until further notice — on the Clearwater River upstream of the Orofino Bridge, South Fork Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, Little Salmon, Lochsa, and Snake rivers. The upper Salmon River and the South Fork Salmon River open June 18.

Anglers are reminded that changes to seasons or limits may be implemented on short notice. Current information is online at, through the Salmon Hotline at (855) 287-2702.

During the May 16-22 harvest report period, 286 adults were kept below Cherrylane Bridge, 338 more below Orofino Bridge, 192 more on the North Fork Clearwater, 73 between the Orofino and Kooskia bridges, and five on the Middle Fork Clearwater.


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