BOISE — Chinook fishing on the Clearwater, Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers will open Saturday. 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. Included in the forecast are 53,000 hatchery Chinook and 13,000 wild Chinook.
As of Saturday, though, only six fish had crossed Lower Granite Dam near Lewiston.
Rules will include open fishing Thursdays through Sundays in the Clearwater drainage and seven days per week in the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers.
Daily bag limits will be four per day with no more than one being an adult — 24 inches or longer — in the Clearwater River system and four per day with no more than two being adults in the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers.
Sections of the rivers open for fishing include:
- Mainstem Clearwater from Camas Prairie Bridge upstream to mouth of South Fork Clearwater
- North Fork Clearwater from mouth upstream to Dworshak Dam
- South Fork Clearwater from mouth upstream to confluence of American and Red rivers
- Middle Fork Clearwater from South Fork Clearwater upstream to confluence of the Lochsa and Selway rivers
- Salmon River from Rice Creek Bridge upstream to uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek
- Little Salmon River from mouth upstream to U.S. 95 bridge near Smokey Boulder Road
- Snake River from Dug Bar boat ramp to Hells Canyon Dam
The full spring Chinook seasons and rules can be found at https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/chinook/rules.