End of Juneis probably the last time we will stock Chinook Salmon in the Boise River. We only bring fish from Oxbow (mid-Snake River) or Rapid River (near Riggins) because we know these fish are of hatchery stock origin.
By early July, the body of these fish arebreaking-down (they haven't eaten since they left the ocean in March and April) and they are starting to stage to begin the final phase of their life - spawning.They don't handle the stress of transportation very well and their flesh quality is questionable.
Enjoy the fish we've stocked in the Boise River and hope we have a large enough return next year of surplus fish to provide this unique fishing opportunity in the middle of Idaho's largest city.
Chinook salmon caught from the Little Salmon River are generally safe to eat. IDFGrecommends following the USDA and FDA guidelines for safely handling andpreparing your catchto prevent foodborne illness. If you will be eating fish within 2 days of catching it, make sure to store your fish on ice. Otherwisestore it in the freezer.
The safest way to prepare your salmon will be to cook it thoroughly, which will kill harmful parasites if present.While parasites may be present in some fish, they are usually less common in saltwater fish. For this reason, most sushi preparations focus on saltwater species, and those that live in the open ocean (like tunas, yellow tail, mackerel, salmon) and not bottom fish(like halibut).
It's always best to cook seafood thoroughly to minimize the risk of foodborne illness. However, if you choose to eat raw fish anyway, one rule of thumb is to eat fish that has been previously frozen - usually as cold as possible. Try tofreeze fishat temperatures of at least -14 deg F, orlower tobetter preserveflesh quality.Some species of fish can contain parasites, and freezing will kill any parasites that may be present.However, be aware that freezing doesn't killallharmful microorganisms. That's why the safest route is to cook your seafood.
Freshly caught salmon can be used for sushi preparations, but this is a personal judgement. Safely handling and storingyour fish will be more important to preventing foodborne illness than parasites.You must understand the risksand use appropriate caution.
IDFG recommends that you review some of the food safety guidelines at these links:
The estimated quota for the South Fork Salmon is changing every day as more fish arrive over Bonneville and Lower Granite dams. The current estimate is that the quota will be in the range of 1,000-1,500 salmon. Much of the run is still migrating up through the lower river system, so estimating the quota with certainty can bedifficult.
Fishing is not yet open on the river, so none of the quota has been harvested. Fishing opens this Friday the 19th.There have already been several hundress salmon collected at the South Fork trap, so there are already fish in the river. I would expect fishing to be good this weekend given the current conditions and numbers of fish in the river.
Sorry, you only get one salmon permit for the spring/summer Chinook season. The first 20 notches are to record Chinook salmon from the Spring and Summer Chinook seasons. The second group of 20 notches are for the Fall Chinook and Coho season.
Our preseason forcast for Spring Chinook returning to Pahsimeroi was just over 2,100 adults. Incomplete PIT tag data is currently suggesting numbers may be less than our forecast - but it's still early and subject to change.
Are we talking about a water with landlocked Fall Chinook or a river system that Chinook Salmon can use to reach the ocean?
Anadromous (ocean-going) juvenile Chinook are typically defined as being two years of age or less. They will be 3 - 5" in length - depending on their diet and water temperatures. At approixmately 18 months of age they begin to smolt (body change to adapt to salt water). They become silvery and usually begin their downstream migration to the ocean. When they return to fresh water (1 - 3 years later) they are considered adults. Chinook Salmon that live one year in the ocean are mostly males and will be 20 - 24" in length. Two and three-ocean fish will be considerably larger.
Land-locked Chinook Salmon are stocked in several locations around Idaho to help manage Kokanee Salmon populations. They are raised in a fish hatchery for their first year of life and will grow to 8 - 10". When stocked in reservoirs they typically begin eating juvenile Kokanee and add roughly 8 - 10" of length per year. Land-locked Fall Chinook will live 4 - 5 years in most Idaho reservoirs. Most are unsuccessful at naturally reproducing.
We haven't finalized the quota for the South Fork Salmon River - as of the last week in May.
The number of fish that are in excess of our brood stock needs and available to anglers (harvest quota) is not actually determined until we have data on the number of passive induced transponder (PIT) tags detected over Lower Granite Dam - the last dam before the fish enter Idaho. PIT tagged fish destined for the South Fork Salmon River are currently below our pre-season forecast, however there are still PIT tagged South Fork fish coming over Bonneville Dam in the lower Columbia River. At this point in time, we are going to wait until the second week in June to release our harvest quota estimates for the South Fork Salmon run.
In Idaho Code, landlocked salmon are considered "trout" unless otherwise denoted. In the case of Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Fall Chinook salmon are included in your daily trout bag limit. Therefore, you can keep 6 "trout/Fall Chinook" per day.