Press Release

South Fork Salmon River to close for Chinook fishing July 5

Managers expect harvest share to be caught by ending of fishing hours on July 5

Based on harvest information and catch rates available as of July 3, Fish and Game Bureau of Fisheries and Regional fishery managers estimate that sport fishery harvest for Chinook Salmon on the South Fork Salmon River will meet objectives by the end of fishing hours on July 5, 2018, at which time the fishing season will close for the year.

Anglers have caught and kept 418 adult hatchery Chinook through July 2. 

"We are now looking at a harvest share of likely less than 600," Fish and Game biologists Dale Allen said.  

He added that there are fewer Chinook available than managers earlier anticipated. 

"The fish have not shown up in the Snake River at an average rate, so we adjusted to conversions to what we are seeing between the Snake River dams," he said. 

Other Chinook fisheries remain open, and to see what river sections are available, go to the Chinook seasons and rules page.