Press Release

No Chinook fishing this year on the South Fork Salmon, Upper Salmon rivers

After monitoring low Chinook counts over the Columbia and Snake River dams, Idaho Fish and Game fisheries managers have decided to not propose a summer Chinook fishing season on the South Fork of the Salmon River and due to a lack of harvestable hatchery fish.

Chinook fishing has been very limited this year with the only Chinook fishing currently open on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River, and there was previously a fairly brief fishing season on the Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers. 

While lack of a fishing season on the South Fork Salmon is disappointing for anglers, fishery managers expect enough hatchery Chinook to return to the South Fork to meet broodstock needs at the nearby McCall Hatchery. Those fish will produce the next generation of smolts to be released, which will hopefully provide fishing opportunity in the future.

For additional background about the situation in the South Fork of the Salmon River, and information on how anglers can help shape future South Fork Salmon fishery recommendations, and share ideas for other aspects of fisheries management, check out this blog post from Regional Fisheries Manager Jordan Messner.