Idaho Fish and Game released 100 hatchery spring Chinook salmon into the Boise River on Thursday, July 5. The salmon were released at five locations – Glenwood Bridge, Americana, Boise State, Park Center and Barber Park. At some of the locations anglers were already waiting for the fish to hit the water.
Most of the salmon trucked to the Boise River had spent one year in the ocean and returned to the Rapid River trap on the Salmon River to spawn.
Idaho Fish and Game can bring salmon to the Boise River and other locations when enough returning adults are collected to meet the broodstock needs at the hatchery.
To fish for salmon in Idaho, anglers need a fishing license and salmon permit.
Seasons and rules for the Boise River
- Opening Date: The Boise River, from its mouth upstream to Barber Dam, opens to fishing for Chinook salmon on July 5, 2018.
- Closing Date: The Boise River closes to Chinook salmon fishing on August 30, 2018.
- Fishing hours: Fishing for Chinook salmon is permitted 24 hours per day.
- Limits: Bag and Possession limits for the Boise River are:
- Bag (Daily): Two (2) Chinook salmon, regardless of size.
- Possession: Six (6) Chinook salmon, regardless of size.
- Season, statewide: No person may take more than twenty (20) adult Chinook salmon statewide during 2018 salmon seasons occurring prior to August 13, 2018.