Chinook Salmon


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    Chinook run is late, below forecast and fishing could end soon

    Anglers should soon know the fate of the 2017 spring Chinook run, and how much longer the spring fishing season will continue. 

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    Spring Chinook Fishery Update (5/15/17)

    Time for the weekly check-in on the Idaho spring Chinook fishery. As you may expect if you’ve been keeping an eye on Chinook counts over Lower Granite Dam, Idaho spring Chinook fisheries have remained pretty quiet with no documented harvest to date. As of yesterday, there were 191 Chinook over Lower Granite for the season. Looking a bit farther downriver in the Lower Snake, there have been just over 2,000 Chinook over Ice Harbor Dam with counts increasing to 300-400 fish per day over the past four days. This is likely the front end of the peak we saw at Bonneville about ten days ago.

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    Anglers are needed to catch Chinook for research

    Idaho Fish and Game stocks land-locked Chinook in lakes and reservoirs, and biologists are asking anglers to help them learn more about these fish in Anderson Ranch, Lucky Peak and Deadwood reservoirs in southwest Idaho and Spirit Lake in North Idaho.

  • Salmon Fishing Salmon River confluence

    Fishing with the Crowd

    The video "Angler Etiquette: Fishing with the Crowd" covers commonly held practices in the fishing community when it comes to fishing around others and avoiding potential conflicts.

  • Salmon Fishing Little Salmon River in 2015

    First 2017 Chinook Season Update from the Clearwater

    Hello anglers. This is Brett Bowersox from the Clearwater with an early Chinook season update. Given that Spring Chinook season officially started this past weekend I thought it was a good time to get a brief update out on the fishery and share some new videos that answer some common questions about how IDFG manages salmon

    Early Season Update:

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    Chinook salmon are slow to show in Idaho, but should arrive soon 

    Anglers often wonder how Fish and Game manages the fishing seasons, so the department created a three-part video series to help people understand the challenges and rationale behind the chinook fisheries. 

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    Spring chinook seasons open

    The seasons will continue as set until further notice. The season typically ends when the sport anglers' share of the run is caught, which varies by river.

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    Spring chinook seasons set

    Idaho Fish and Game commissioners approved the spring chinook seasons and rules for the Snake, Clearwater, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers during its regular meeting Thursday, March 16 in Boise.

    Fishing will open April 22, with a four-day-a-week season on the Clearwater River, and daily fishing on the Snake, lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers. Once open, the seasons will continue as set until further notice. The season typically ends when the sport anglers' share of the run is caught, which varies by river.

  • Salmon Fishing Little Salmon River in 2015

    Anglers can help shape the 2017 Chinook salmon season by going online

    If you missed your chance to provide comments on this year’s salmon season, you still have time.

    Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public comments on five management strategies that involve the Rapid River, Hells Canyon and Clearwater Basin Chinook salmon runs.

    Through Saturday, March 4th, anglers can review the proposals and provide their comments online using the salmon season web survey available on the Fish and Game’s website at

  • Caution - Watch for Falling Elk

    Just when you thought that you'd seen or heard it all - you get a message that makes you shake your head.

    On February 15, I received an e-mail about "the damaged handrail and steps below Hells Canyon Dam" and asking, "who was responsible for repairs?"  For those of you who've fished for salmon or steelhead below the dam - know exactly which stairs the e-mail referenced.  The really interesting part is how the damage occurred. 

Chinook Salmon

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

IDAPA Classification: Threatened, Game Fish
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