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Trail bridge to close for work

The Salmon River Ranger District will be temporarily closing one of the bridges that access trails in the Rapid River drainage. In particular a bridge located on Trail No. 113 on the main stem of Rapid River will be closed beginning June 20.

Chinook season continues on Little Salmon

Anglers fishing the Little Salmon River for chinook salmon will continue to have the opportunity at least through this weekend.

Salmon seasons closing

The North Fork Clearwater River will close to all chinook salmon fishing the end of fishing hours today, June 10. In addition, all sections of the lower Salmon River downstream of Vinegar Creek will close to all chinook salmon fishing at the end of fishing hours Thursday, June 11.

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Thrills, Spills Mark Rafting Season’s Opener

Many of those who passed through the Chair Creek rapids north of Riggins caught a big wave, but a few quite literally hit the Salmon River last Saturday afternoon, June 6, for the Big Water Blowout — an annual celebration of the start of the local rafting season.

Deer hunting ‘Wildavore Workshop’ slated

Adults with a desire to learn big game hunting skills and participate in an actual big game hunt are invited to take part in an upcoming workshop tailored to give them the skills necessary to become successful hunters. The four-day Wildavore workshop – hosted by Idaho Fish and Game – will be held Saturday, July 18, Saturday, July 25, the evening of Friday, July 31, and conclude on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Chinook season to end June 7 in part of Lower Salmon River

Sections of the Lower Salmon River from the Rice Creek Bridge upstream to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the Hammer Creek boat ramp and from the Lake Creek Bridge (first bridge across the main Salmon River upstream of Riggins) upstream to the uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek will close to all Chinook salmon fishing at the end of fishing hours Sunday, June 7. Chinook salmon seasons continue on the Clearwater River upstream from the Orofino Bridge and the North Fork Clearwater; as well as the South Fork Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, Lower Salmon from the Hammer Creek boat ramp to the Lake Creek Bridge, Little Salmon, Lochsa, and Snake rivers.

Idaho sets local no-fee Free Fishing Day events June 13

No fishing gear or experience? No problem! — Idaho Department of Fish and Game

BLM seeking interested individuals for Resource Advisory Council

The Bureau of Land Management Coeur d’Alene District is seeking nominations for several vacating positions on its 15-member Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the BLM on public land issues.

Columbian sharp-tailed grouse plan

Up for public comment through June

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public The Columbian sharp-tailed grouse is one of six subspecies of sharp-tailed grouse in North America.

Sports...in brief

Blackmer Memorial tourney set May 29-30; Youth golf camp set to run June 15-19; White Bird Rodeo books open June 8; Swimming pool to open June 6; new swim classes offered; Basketball car wash scheduled for May 30.

IDFG clears up rules on leftover youth tags, disabled hunter companions

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently adopted rules that took effect May 20, clarifying the disabled hunter companion and purchase of leftover youth tags rules.

Main Salmon River powerboat reservation system starts June 1

Beginning June 1, 2015 private powerboaters will be required to use an online reservation system for jet boating on the Main Salmon Wild and Scenic River.

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Chinook fishing hot spot access, parking secured

Thanks to a recent land purchase and an access agreement with private landowners along the Little Salmon River near Riggins, chinook salmon anglers now have additional access to this popular fishery.

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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.

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Bruzas Bags One

Nelson Bruzas of Grangeville got his tom at 5:50 a.m. on the last day of turkey season, after three early mornings waiting in the blind. He is the son of Peter and Aminta Bruzas.