Press Release

F&G Commission approves Chinook season for Upper Salmon River starting June 26

Fishing will be allowed from lower boundary near Clayton upstream to 100 yards of the weir at the Sawtooth Hatchery

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission met via conference call and approved a Chinook fishing season to start June 26 on about 38 miles of river from the posted boundary at the South Butte boat ramp near Clayton, upstream to the posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at Sawtooth Fish Hatchery. About 300-350 adult Chinook are expected to be available for harvest as well as "Jack" salmon, which are salmon less than 24 inches and don’t need to be recorded on the permit. 

Fishing for Chinook Salmon in the Upper Salmon River will be open three days per week; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. MDT. Fishing will close Aug. 9, or by Closure Order signed by the Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. 

Bag and possession limits for the Upper Salmon River are four Chinook daily of which only two may be adults 24-inches or longer and possession is twelve and only six of which may be adults.

No person may take more than 10 adult Chinook salmon statewide during 2020 salmon seasons occurring prior to Aug. 9, 2020.  

For more information about Chinook fishing and full seasons and rules go to the Chinook Salmon Seasons and Rules webpage