Salmon Seasons Set on Upper Salmon and South Fork

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday, May 22, adopted Chinook salmon seasons on the Upper Salmon River and the South Fork Salmon River.

The Upper Salmon will be open from June 19 until August 2 or until further notice. Fishing will be open on the main Salmon River from the Highway 75 bridge – milepost 231.5 – about 10 miles west of Clayton – upstream to the posted boundary 100 yards downstream of the weir at Sawtooth Hatchery.

The South Fork Salmon River will be open from June 25 until further notice. The main South Fork Salmon River will be open from the U.S. Forest Service bridge on Forest Service Road 48 – East Fork South Fork Road/Lick Creek Road – that crosses just upstream from the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River – upstream about 33 river miles to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game weir and trap.

Angler limits are two adult spring Chinook per day, six in possession. The statewide limit for adult Chinook is 40 for the season.

Only hatchery Chinook salmon with a clipped adipose fin – evidenced by a healed scar – may be kept. All Salmon with an intact adipose fin must be released immediately. Any salmon caught in a legal manner must be released or killed immediately after landing.

The rules have changed for jack Chinook salmon this year. A jack is any Chinook less than 24 inches long. Anglers may keep two adipose-fin-clipped jacks per day and have six in possession in addition to the adult Chinook daily and possession limits. But they don’t have to record the jacks on their permit.

When the adult Chinook possession limit is reached, the angler must stop all fishing for salmon, including catch and-release and for jacks.

Anglers may use only barbless hooks no larger than five-eighths inch from the point to the shank. It is unlawful to take or fish for salmon by snagging.

Fishing hours are from a half hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.