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Idaho Salmon Season Opening
Chinook Fashionably Late

by Rich Landers
Spokesman Review, April 17, 2012

Bonneville Dam spring chinook salmon counts and historical data showing the 2012 run is late. SALMON FISHING -- Though the fishing season for Chinook salmon opens on Sunday, April 22, in the Clearwater River, Snake River, Little Salmon and lower Salmon rivers, this year's run is appears to be one of the latest on record.

No fish had crossed Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River as of April 15.

And as the chart shows, fewer than average are over Bonneville Dam, the first dam the fish encounter coming up the Columbia.

Read on for details of the upcoming season:

Season closing dates will be announced by Fish and Game.

In the Clearwater River drainage the daily limit is four Chinook; only two may be adults (24 or more inches long), but only one adult may be from the North Fork Clearwater. The possession limit is 12, only six may be adults.

In the Snake River from Dug Bar to Hells Canyon Dam, the lower Salmon and the Little Salmon rivers, the daily limit is four Chinook; only two may be adults. The possession limit is 12; only six may be adults.

The statewide annual limit is 20 adult Chinook in the 2012 seasons occurring before September 1.

Daylight fishing hours are in the season brochure.

Waters that open April 22 are:

All these waters will remain open until further notice. All salmon anglers 14 years old and older must have a 2012 Idaho fishing license and salmon permit.

Seasons for Chinook fishing in the South Fork Salmon and the upper Salmon rivers will be proposed to the commission at the scheduled May meeting.

Salmon seasons and limits may change on short notice, please check the salmon hotline at: 855-287-2702 or the Fish and Game website.

Rich Landers
Idaho Salmon Season Opening; Chinook Fashionably Late
Spokesman Review, April 17, 2012

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