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Chinook fishing begins April 28

Chinook fishing on the Clearwater, Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers opens April 28 and will run until closed by the Fish and Game director.

Fisheries managers are forecasting a run of 66,000 spring chinook, roughly double last year’s return and slightly above the 10-year average of 62,000, but so far, few fish have started crossing the dams and only six had crossed Lower Granite Dam near Lewiston as of April 21. Fisheries managers are watching the timing of the run and numbers of fish crossing the dams. With so few in Idaho, there's no reason to postpone the opener, and "if the fish don't materialize, we have options," IDFG Anadromous Fish Manager Lance Hebdon said.

Rules will include open fishing four days per week, Thursdays through Sundays, in the Clearwater drainage and seven days per week in the Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers.

Daily bag limits will be four per day with no more than one being an adult in the Clearwater River system and four per day with no more than two adults in the Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers.


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