Hi everyone, the upper Salmon River fishery opened this past Thursday (6/22/23), and during the first four days of the fishery we estimated that 10 hatchery adult Chinook Salmon were harvested. Angler effort was low during the first week, and we estimated that anglers fished for 548 hours between Thursday and Sunday. No anglers reported catching a jack or releasing any salmon which resulted in an average harvest rate of 55 hours per Chinook Salmon kept.
The upper Salmon River fishery is open 7 days a week, and will remain open until harvest share is reached, wild fish impacts are reached, or until August 10th, whichever comes first. The fishery is open from the Hwy 75 bridge upstream of the East Fork Salmon River upstream to the posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery. Fishing hours are from 5:30am to 10:00 pm MDT. The daily limit is four (4) hatchery Chinook salmon, only two (2) of which may be adults (over 24 inches). For the full season rules, please click here.
RUN and HARVEST SHARE UPDATE
Since the last update, we haven’t seen any additional Sawtooth hatchery PIT tagged Chinook Salmon cross over Bonneville Dam. This means that the table below remains unchanged from last week’s update.