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    More of the Salmon River Opens to Chinook Fishing
    Location: Idaho


    Another section of the lower Salmon River opened to Chinook salmon fishing Saturday, June 19, but some access restrictions remain in place on the South Fork.

    The reach known as Vinegar Creek is open from the posted boundary at the mouth of Shorts Creek upstream to the uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek. It remains open until further notice.

    Fishing hours are from 5:25 a.m. to 10:40 p.m. through July 2. Check Chinook seasons and rules for fishing hours after July 2.

    The daily limit is five Chinook, only three of which may be adults, whichever comes first; the possession limit is 15, only nine of which may be adults. An adult Chinook is 24 or more inches in total length.

    Other sections of the Salmon River open to Chinook fishing are:

    · Upper Salmon from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. MDT.

    o Ellis Area - from the cable car crossing at the USGS flow gauging station about 150 yards downstream of Island Park in Salmon, upstream to the posted boundary about 20 yards above the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River in Ellis.

    · South Fork Salmon River from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. MDT. The South Fork Salmon river Road is closed to vehicles near Buckhorn Bridge, other access restrictions may apply because of road washouts; check the Payette National Forest Web site for updates: http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/payette/news/2010/061110_sfsrfishing.shtml

    o Lower - 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 16 miles to a posted boundary about one mile upstream from Fourmile Campground. (About two miles downstream from Poverty Flat Campground)

    o Upper - from a posted boundary about one mile from Fourmile Campground, upstream about 17 miles to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap.

    On the Upper Salmon and South Fork Salmon, the daily limit is five Chinook salmon, only three of which may be adults, and the possession limit is 15 Chinook only nine of which may be adults. Adult Chinook salmon are 24 inches or more long, jacks are less than 24 inches in length.

    · Lower Salmon River:

    o Pine Bar – From the Rice Creek Bridge upstream to the posted boundary about 200 yards downstream of the Hammer Creek boat ramp. This is a new section added this year.

    o Hammer Creek – From a posted boundary about 200 yards downstream from the Hammer Creek boat ramp upstream to the U.S. Highway 95 Time Zone Bridge.

    o Park Hole – From the Time Zone Bridge upstream to a posted boundary at the mouth of Short’s Creek, about 1.4 miles upstream of the mouth of the Little Salmon River.

    · Little Salmon:

    o Lower – From the mouth to a posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the mouth of the Rapid River.

    o Upper – from the posted boundary about 200 yards upstream of the Rapid River upstream to the U.S. Highway 95 Bridge near Smokey Boulder Road.

    On the Lower Salmon and Little Salmon, the daily limit is five salmon, only three of which may be adults; the possession limit is 15, only nine may be adults.

    Other waters open to salmon fishing until further notice are:

    · Clearwater River, mainstem:

    o Upper – from the Orofino Bridge upstream to the South Fork Clearwater River.

    · South Fork Clearwater: From its mouth to the confluence of the American and Red rivers.

    · Middle Fork Clearwater: From the South Fork upstream to the confluence of the Lochsa and Selway rivers.

    · Lochsa River: From its mouth to the Twin Bridges immediately upstream from the confluence of Crooked Fork and Colt Killed Creeks.

    On the Clearwater, South Fork and Middle Fork Clearwater and Lochsa rivers, the daily limit is three salmon per day, no more than one of which may be an adult; the possession limit is nine, no more than three may be adults.

    · Snake River: From the Dug Bar boat ramp upstream to Hells Canyon Dam. The daily limit is four salmon per day, no more than two of which may be adults; the possession limit is 12 salmon, no more than six may be adults.

    Opening July 3 through July 5:

    · Upper Salmon: from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    o Stanley reach - on July 3 and close July 5 from the posted boundary about 20 yards upstream of Valley Creek in Stanley, upstream to the posted boundary 100 yards downstream of the weir at Sawtooth Hatchery. The daily limit is three Chinook salmon, only one of which may be an adult; the possession limit is nine Chinook, only three of which may be adults.

    The statewide annual limit is 40 adult Chinook salmon.

    When the limit of adults is caught and kept, the angler must stop fishing for salmon – including catch-and-release. Only Chinook with a clipped adipose fin, evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept.

    Chinook salmon anglers may use only barbless hooks no larger than five-eight inch. Snagging or attempting to snag salmon is unlawful.

    For additional rules and restrictions, please refer to the 2010 Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules brochure, which will be available soon. All salmon anglers 14 years old and older must have a 2010 Idaho fishing license and salmon permit.


    News Source: Idaho F&G - Jun. 22, 2010

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