Anglers hoping to spend their holiday weekend fishing for summer Chinook salmon can fish the South Fork Salmon River.
Unlike last year, fisheries managers say they are confident the South Fork will remain open through the three day holiday weekend. Compared to this time last year, fewer fish have been in the open section of river, and fewer anglers have been fishing.
Anglers are only allowed to keep one fish per day. Managers set that limit hoping to extend the fishery, and it appears to be working.
The number of fish moving into the South Fork trap is picking up, but so far recreational anglers have only harvested about ten percent of the state's share of the harvestable surplus. Managers will assess the harvest following the three day holiday weekend to determine if the season can continue. For more information on salmon fishing rules, hatchery returns and fishing reports check the Fish and Game website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov./cms/fish/salmon/