Fall Chinook Salmon Season Setby Staff
Idaho Mountain Express, August 17, 2016
Sept. 1 is the first day of the Chinook salmon season on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers.
The 2016 fall Chinook forecast is 32,800 hatchery and naturally produced fall Chinook 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 River from the Idaho border upstream to Cliff Mountain Rapids (about a mile downstream of Hells Canyon Dam) will be open until Oct. 31, but could be closed sooner, depending on the actual number of fish that return and the amount of harvest. The stretch between Hells Canyon Dam downstream to Cliff Mountain Rapids is scheduled to remain open until Nov. 17.
The Clearwater River, from its mouth upstream to Memorial Bridge in Lewiston, and the Salmon River, from its mouth upstream about three-fourths of a mile to Eye of the Needle Rapids, will be open until Oct. 31.
The 2016 fall Chinook seasons and rules pamphlets will be available soon at license vendors and Fish and Game offices. They are available now online.
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