The main Salmon River fishery from Time Zone Bridge to Short’s Creek will close at the end of fishing hours Sunday, July 2, Idaho Fish and Game Clearwater Region fishery staff biologist Brett Bowersox wrote in an email to anglers Thursday morning.
"At that point, we will summarize creel information and see if there is enough harvest share left on the Rapid River stock to keep fishing in the Little Salmon River," he wrote. "We have managed to keep the main Salmon River open these past few weeks but there are now a couple reasons we will be closing this section around Riggins. As I mentioned in previous chinook updates we have continued to monitor the wild chinook returns at Lower Granite Dam. These returns have remained low and we now need to close the main Salmon River to reduce any catch and release impacts on these wild stocks."
He also noted hatchery returns to the South Fork Salmon and Pahsimeroi rivers are "likely insufficient to meet brood stock needs and since those fish will be entering into the Riggins area we cannot support any harvest on those stocks as they move through."
A decision on whether the Little Salmon River will remain open will come early next week.
"Fishing conditions and catch rates should be good in the Riggins area through this weekend," he added.