Chinook Salmon


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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.

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    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. 

  • Fish and Game Seeks Input on Upcoming Chinook Salmon Seasons

    Plan now to attend a Fish and Game public open house to provide input that will help shape this year’s Chinook salmon seasons. Idaho Fish and Game fishery personnel will be presenting information on this year’s Chinook run forecast and discussing strategies on how to best manage the sport fishery.

    Fish and Game staff hope to hear from anglers regarding season strategies preferred by anglers. Pre-season Idaho Chinook salmon estimates indicate lower returns than last year. Even with these lower run predictions, the Department is planning salmon sport fisheries around the state.

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    Anglers invited to help shape Idaho’s Chinook salmon rules

    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game would like to encourage anglers to attend one of three public meetings to help develop the spring Chinook salmon rules for the Clearwater Region.

    At these meetings, biologists will discuss what was learned from last year's season, what this year's return is projected to look like, and different strategies Fish and Game can use to manage this year’s run. 

  • Chinook Salmon Public Meetings coming to a location near YOU

    Anglers are encouraged to attend one of three public meetings to help develop the 2017 spring Chinook Salmon rules in the Clearwater Region (Clearwater, Snake, lower Salmon, and Little Salmon rivers).  The meeting held at Riggins will also discuss the South Fork Salmon River summer Chinook Salmon fishery as well.

  • Cold and Flu Season...for Fish?

    Colds and the flu are caused by viruses, and they make us feel miserable.  Viruses can affect fish, too.  They may not cough and sneeze, but they exhibit other symptoms.  Whether it’s a human or a fish virus, antibiotics don’t work to cure the infection, so the best bet is to avoid exposure altogether.  The Eagle Fish Health Lab screens fish for viruses, identifying the infected so that they can be quarantined or culled.  Keeping sick fish away from healthy fish reduce risk and helps improve fish survival in the hatcheries. 

  • Screen tender, Gary Funk, maintains a fish screen in the Pahsimeroi Valley.

    Keeping fish out of fields

    The snow is starting to fall in the Upper Salmon Basin marking the end of another irrigation season for the fish screen shop and our partners in agriculture.  This summer 265 fish screens scattered across the Salmon River basin kept hundreds of thousands of fish from being diverted into irrigation ditches and farm fields.

Chinook Salmon

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

IDAPA Classification: Threatened, Game Fish
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